Kenny McLean wants to show the real Aberdeen against Rangers on Sunday to put their Ibrox nightmare behind them.
The Gers visit Pittodrie this weekend for the second part of the double header with the Dons.
The first game on Wednesday was a miserable evening for the Reds who were outplayed and defeated 3-0.
Victory for Rangers means they also closed the gap on Derek McInnes’ second-placed side to just three points ahead of this weekend’s Granite City clash.
Midfielder McLean was left bitterly disappointed with the display – and the result.
The 25-year- old felt the performance from his side in Govan was unacceptable and believes they need to come out fighting on Sunday.
He said: “It was a poor start from us and it was an uphill battle from then on.
“It’s disappointing because we started the game one down and from there on in it was always going to be tough.
“But I just don’t think we did enough throughout the whole game.
“The first half was not acceptable, but we were still in it at half-time at 2-0 down.
“We felt we could have got something out of the game, but it was poor from us.
“Then when the third goal goes in, it is always going be tough.”
When asked if the players are determined to make up for their poor showing, McLean added: “Of course we are. We want to be as good as we can be every time we go on the pitch.
“But Wednesday wasn’t to be, and on Sunday we need to go and show ourselves more.
“We know that wasn’t ourselves and we need to come out at Pittodrie and show how good we are.”
Something that particularly rankled McLean about Wednesday’s defeat was that he felt the Dons never turned up in the first period and left themselves with far too much to do in the second half.
But he believes that Sunday’s clash is the ideal match for Aberdeen to turn things around and get back to winning ways.
McLean said: “The dressing room was deflated afterwards.
“But we have the perfect game on Sunday now at Pittodrie.
“We couldn’t ask for a better one and we need to pick ourselves up quickly on Sunday and go again.
“It was frustrating because we hadn’t got started, five minutes in and we were 1-0 down.
“We had a chance before half-time to get ourselves back into it, but even at 2-0 we felt we could have got something from the game.
“But it wasn’t to be the case and when the third goes in it’s an uphill battle.”
McLean, who has announced he will leave Pittodrie when his contract expires at the end of this season, stopped short of calling the display in Glasgow the worst of the campaign from the Dons.
But said: “It is one of the most disappointing results, that is for sure.
“It’s a massive fixture – and we know that – and we look forward to this fixture.
“It was built up to be big, but we let ourselves down and we let the club down.
“Now we’ve got Sunday to go again.
“We can’t look for excuses, we need to take responsibility and we’ll do that and pick ourselves up for Sunday.”
For McLean, bouncing back after the disappointment of Wednesday is vital.
He revealed there is a burning desire within the Reds squad to put things right.
He said: “We’ve got a very good squad and we need to pull together.
“Everyone wants the same thing at the football club, it will be tough.
“But we need to get round each other in the next couple of days, and on Sunday it is the best game we could possibly have to put things right because it wasn’t acceptable on Wednesday night.
“We’ll need to have a look at things, we’ll definitely need to have a look at things.
“There might be changes and stuff, but Sunday is going to be massive and as players we just want to get back out there and put things right because it just wasn’t good enough. That’s always what you want to do.”
McLean believes it would also show the character within the Dons squad if they can recover and pick up the three points on Sunday.
He said: “It’s what we need to do (win the game). I think we have the players and the character to win.
“It’s a massive game and it is all about character now.”
The Reds will also be without attacker Ryan Christie on Sunday after he was sent off late on at Ibrox after picking up two yellow cards.
McLean said the Celtic loanee is a big loss, but believes there is enough strength and depth within the Aberdeen squad that somebody else can step up to mark.
He said: “It’s a massive loss. Ryan had a couple of fouls before and he knows himself it was a bit of stupidity.
“It’s a massive loss for us, but we’ve got plenty of good players who can come in and step up.”