Winger Niall McGinn reckons it can only benefit Aberdeen that Rangers have received all the attention in the race to finish Premiership runners-up.
The Northern Ireland cap insists the Dons are content to work away in the background to capitalise on any further slip-ups from the Ibrox club to retain their spot as Scotland’s second force.
This season the majority of the focus has been on Rangers’ bid to overtake the Dons.
The Gers shelled out in excess of £8 million under former boss Pedro Caixinha in the bid to bolster the bid for a runners-up finish.
However, in a dramatic weekend, the Dons wrestled back their own destiny in the fight for second as they capitalised on Rangers’ second successive league loss.
As Aberdeen edged past Dundee 1-0, the Ibrox club slumped to the same score-line at home to Kilmarnock.
Suddenly the Reds were within two points of Graeme Murty’s side and also hold a game in hand.
A remarkable turnaround when less than two weeks ago Rangers were being touted as potential title challengers should they defeat Celtic.
Regardless of the momentum shift, bookmaker’s still have Rangers as favourites to finish second.
McGinn is happy to come up on the inside rail unnoticed to land second.
He said: “It can only be a good thing for us if people are talking about Rangers and concentrating on them.
“We will just continue our work on the backburner and worry about ourselves.
“If we go on a winning streak and they (Rangers) keep dropping points, so be it.
“There are going to be twists and turns, but it is good that we are in amongst it.”
Rangers’ defeat to Kilmarnock at the weekend was their seventh home loss of the campaign, their worst return since the 1914-15 season.
Should there be more slip-ups from Murty’s side, McGinn is determined to punish them.
He said: “There will be more twists and turns between now and the end of the season.
“This weekend proved that with Rangers losing and Hibs dropping a couple of points (1-1 draw with St Johnstone) as well.
“Any opportunity for us to win games, and if it comes, also close the gap, then we will continue to do so.
“There is plenty of football to be played between now and the end of the season, but we will just concentrate on ourselves.
“There is still a long way to go.
“If we keep picking up results we know we will be there or thereabouts and in close contention.”
Only eight games remain in the Premiership for the Reds and they also have a Scottish Cup semi-final looming against Motherwell on Saturday, April 14.
Aberdeen emerged through a pivotal week having progressed in the Scottish Cup and then reduced the gap on Rangers.
Asked if there was pressure to deliver, McGinn said: “There has always been pressure here at Aberdeen.
“We have always been in a tight fight for second position and reaching semi-finals and finals.
“We are at a good stage now and the important thing was getting through that Kilmarnock game.
“Thankfully we did that and then capped it off with a win against Dundee, which was great.”
Aberdeen have finished second in the last three successive seasons.
Rangers bank-rolled bid to usurp that position saw them established as favourites to finish second with bookmakers and many pundits.
The head to heads between the clubs have done little to change that as Aberdeen have lost all three games to Rangers this season.
Ultimately, which team edges that runners-up finish could come down to the post split showdown between the clubs.
Although not playing to their potential and struggling in front of goal, Aberdeen have the forward momentum – while Rangers are struggling.
McGinn, 30, said: “Before the Dundee game the most important thing the manager got across to us was just to go out and get the three points.
“He wanted us to build up momentum after getting through to the Scottish Cup semi-final.
“We wanted to keep a clean sheet, but also get a goal or two.”
As the season hurtles towards an exciting climax, Aberdeen’s goal scoring prowess has dried up.
In four games at the end of January into February, the free-scoring Reds netted 14 times.
Yet In the last six games they have scored just three times, with one of those a penalty from Kenny McLean in the Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Kilmarnock.
McGinn said: “It is frustrating the goals are not coming, but the most important thing is we are keeping clean sheets.
“If we do get opportunities it is up to us to take them.
“It is one of those ones where if we take our opportunities we can end up winning two or three-nil.
“In the first half against Dundee we were creating opportunities and getting crosses into the box.
“That was what we wanted to do against a team that were probably a wee bit low on confidence after last week (4-0 loss to St Johnstone).
“We got that goal in the first half and over the last couple of years we have had plenty of 1-0 wins.
“If we keep picking them out we will take them (1-0 wins) all day long on that sort of scrappy pitch.
“But it is also important to try and score more goals.”
That “scrappy” pitch is an ongoing issue that continues to frustrate the Dons.
Pittodrie’s surface is rutted and bare, and McGinn admits it does affect play.
He said: “It is very difficult for both teams and it is one of them when you run with the ball at the right moment.
“The pitch hasn’t been great for the most part of this season, but hopefully now it can get a little time to rest.
“But it doesn’t really get much time to rest as we don’t get the weather for that.”
McGinn is now in his second spell at Pittodrie having returned on a three-and-a-half-year contract in January.
He previously rejected a new Dons deal last summer and eventually moved to South Korea with Gwangju FC.
Following the club’s relegation, McGinn terminated his contract by mutual consent and was then snapped up by Dons boss Derek McInnes.
In a curious coincidence, his first international since returning to Scotland will be against South Korea in Belfast on Saturday.
He said: “It has been a long time since we met up at international level with the squad.
“South Korea will be a difficult game as they are a team that are always involved in World Cups and have good players. They have big name players as well.
“I am looking forward to meeting up with the lads and being back part of the squad again.
“I will knuckle down and go and enjoy that.
“And then when Aberdeen comes round again I will come back ready to focus on that.”