Dons winger Niall McGinn aims to finish second in the Premiership to shut up all the talk about Rangers.
McGinn reckons many wrote off the Reds’ bid to finish runners-up in favour of Gers.
Aberdeen hold second spot, three points clear of the Light Blues and Hibs, who they face at home today.
Rangers yesterday appointed Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard, 37, as manager on a four-year-deal.
McGinn said: “Second brings a number of rewards but also the fact of maybe shutting up a few people. Those outside people writing us off for second place and always speaking about Rangers. “That has been all year.
“We are in a good place at the moment.
“Today against Hibs is really important as the target is to finish second again.
“So we will go all guns blazing to do that.”
The focus on Rangers will undoubtedly ramp up a further notch with the high-profile appointment of Gerrard.
The former England skipper will take over at Ibrox in the summer.
Aberdeen face Rangers at Pittodrie on Tuesday in a game that will be pivotal to the battle for a runners-up finish.
McGinn said: “It is one of those ones where you have the outside always talking about Celtic and Rangers.
“And Rangers always talking about Celtic.
“But nowadays, Rangers are maybe more involved in speaking more about Aberdeen and Hbs.
“We just go about our own business and concentrate on ourselves.
“We have always done that.”
Aberdeen hold the upper hand in the race and victory today would be a huge step towards securing a fourth successive runners-up finish.
McGinn said: “We have three very hard games coming up, with Hibs first.
“It is a game we are looking forward to and we are just taking confidence from the first two post-split wins.
“If we can get three points it will set us up great for Tuesday night (against Rangers).
“Hibs have come into the league and been brilliant.
“They play nice football, are a difficult side to break down and always create opportunities.
“But we know ourselves on the day when we turn up we are more than a match for anyone.”
Aberdeen go into today’s match with momentum having won the opening two post-split fixtures against Hearts (2-0) and Kilmarnock (2-0).
“We have started the post-split matches very positively and have looked strong and confident,” said McGinn.
“After the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat (3-0 to Motherwell), we knew we had to come back and give that second spot a good challenge.
“There was a tough game at Kilmarnock who have proven over the season they are a difficult team to beat.
“To get a comfortable victory over Hearts on Friday was also pleasing.”
McGinn had missed the win at Kilmarnock with a groin injury. He started in the defeat of Hearts and is ready to lead the Reds charge for second spot.
“That is me back to full fitness now,” said McGinn.
“I am feeling good and was just happy to get back into the team on Friday night again where I got about 80 minutes under my belt.
“That has set me up for the remaining few games.
“It has been a frustrating period for me, the last few weeks.
“I tore a muscle in my groin and tried to rush it back to take part in games which probably set me back a bit.
“I was down on myself because I wanted to be fully fit for the semi-final but couldn’t be. I was not happy about that.
“I missed the Kilmarnock game, got myself right and came back into the team again. I just want to finish the season strongly and there are no better games to be involved in than Hibs, Rangers and Celtic.”
Kenny McLean is suspended and Chidi Nwakali injured (ankle) for today’s game.