Boss Derek McInnes insists the Dons have no plans to give up their position as Celtic’s main challengers after overtaking Rangers with a win at Motherwell.
Second-half strikes from Kari Arnason and Kenny McLean helped Aberdeen to a 2-0 victory at Fir Park. The win sees the Reds leapfrog the Gers into second place.
Having finished second for the last three seasons and with only six league games remaining, McInnes says they have no intention of being moved from the runner-up spot.
He said: “I think we’re confident in ourselves. Regardless of what has happened up to now people remember how you finish a season rather than how you start a season.
“We are there or thereabouts with where we normally are at this stage of the season.
“We’ve normally secured Europe by now, we’ve normally in the past secured second spot by now.
“But I think it’s clear to see that it’s a real challenge.
“Hibs are doing brilliantly under Neil Lennon, Rangers have got some good players and you would expect them with what they’ve spent, that they should be the team closest to Celtic rather than ourselves or Hibs.
“I think all three teams will look with six games to go to do all they can to finish second and it’s important to us to finish in the European spots.
“We’re proud of the fact we’ve managed to finish second over the last few seasons.
“Some people say it’s easy, but if it was that easy why has nobody else done it?
“At the start of last season with Rangers coming back up everybody said we’d get pushed aside.
“But that wasn’t the case and this season we’re determined to fight tooth and nail to be the next best team if Celtic are going to win it.”
Following the sacking of Alan Pardew by English Premier League West Brom on Monday, McInnes has been linked with taking over at the relegation- threatened Baggies.
However, he shot down any connection to the club he played for between 2000 and 2003.
McInnes added: “I’ve had enough of this over my time here, being linked.
“I think it’s an easy link to make, but it is only a rumour and I’m not going to spend the next six, seven weeks of the season talking about speculation.
“My job is here at Aberdeen and we’ve got a lot to look forward to this season.”
Reflecting more on Aberdeen’s victory at Fir Park, McInnes was happy with the way his team didn’t allow the Steelmen to dominate and get on the front foot.
He said: “I thought we imposed ourselves against a very good team and a team we have a high regard for.
“In the last couple of games against the Old Firm they’ve been very good and there was a lot on it for both teams.
“It was important we managed to find a way to win.
“I was pleased with our approach from the outset – I thought we competed and nullified the threat of the centre forward (Curtis Main).
“I thought the two centre-backs (Scott McKenna and Kari Arnason) and Anthony O’Connor were fantastic and gave us a foothold in the game.
“I thought they started the second-half better, and we didn’t come out of the traps, or have the same start as we finished the first half.
“Certainly once we got the goal we looked comfortable that we were going to get the win.
“That says a lot for the players’ concentration against a team that are probably as competitive as any team in the league.”
Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson said: “We started the second half well, but two set-plays won the game.”