Derek McInnes has warned Rangers that his fired-up Aberdeen side are in no mood to surrender their status as main challengers to Celtic.
The Dons boss, who has steered his side to runners-up finishes in each of the last two seasons, has clearly been irked by some of the noises emanating from Ibrox.
While Rangers chairman Dave King, manager Mark Warburton and a number of first-team players have all spoken about taking a title fight to the champions, there appears to have been scant regard for what Aberdeen might bring to the party.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has warned Rangers his side will take no prisoners
Mark Warburton talks to his players during training as they look to get their season back on track
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McInnes, who hopes to cement his team’s credentials with a victory over Rangers at Pittodrie, believes the Dons deserve plaudits for stepping up to the plate in recent seasons – a role they’re in no mood to relinquish.
‘We have taken full responsibility,’ he said. ‘We have been the one team, when Rangers weren’t in the league and people were moaning about how Celtic would walk it, we were the one team who put up some sort of fight - and made them work for it.
‘Whether that is us this season remains to be seen. There are other good sides in the league. But we certainly don’t want to drop out standards. We want to stay where we have been.
Aberdeen have finished runners-up for the past two seasons and want to go one better
‘I think people will not probably be looking at us as much - and the onus will be on Rangers to be offering that challenge.
‘That is the perception of other people. Within our own club, it’s all about trying to stay competitive. It is all about having a squad which can help us do that in the cups and league. We will try to be as competitive as we can once again.’
McInnes said he was well aware of the financial might available to Warburton, dwarfing his own budget many times over, admitting: ‘I still believe that over the course of a season that money does have an impact.’
But he added: ‘It doesn’t over 90 minutes - and that’s why we think this is a game we can win. And we feel as if we can beat Celtic as well.’
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