‘WE HAVE TO GET IT WRIGHT AND END 2018 ON A HIGH’

Winger backs men in red to end their year with a vic­tory

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY CAL­LUM LAW

DONS ace Scott Wright wants to fin­ish 2018 on a high to keep up with the teams above them.

Aberdeen round off their year to­mor­row against Liv­ingston at the Tony Mac­a­roni Arena be­fore the Premier­ship goes into a win­ter shut­down. The 4-3 Box­ing Day de­feat to Celtic meant the Reds dropped to fourth in the ta­ble. The Celts are top, six points ahead, Rangers are sec­ond, three points clear, with Kil­marnock a point be­hind the Gers in third. Winger Wright hopes Aberdeen can get back to win­ning ways against the Li­ons to keep pace. The 21-year-old said: “It’s im­por­tant to get three points be­fore the break. “It has been a re­ally tight league this year and we don’t want to be sit­ting look­ing say­ing ‘it’s good that it’s tight at the top’ and we’re not up there. “We want to be right in about it at the top of the league and hope­fully we can be. That does make it im­por­tant to win against Liv­ingston.”

SCOTT Wright has called on the Dons to fin­ish 2018 with a win to keep pace with the teams above them at the top of the ta­ble.

Aberdeen end the year against Liv­ingston at the Tony Mac­a­roni Arena to­mor­row. The Reds had a run of four wins on the spin halted by Celtic on Box­ing Day as the Hoops tri­umphed 4-3 in a thriller at Pit­to­drie. De­feat dropped Derek McInnes’ team to fourth in the Premier­ship. They are six points be­hind lead­ers Celtic, three be­hind Rangers in sec­ond and two be­hind Kil­marnock in third. With it be­ing so tight at the top this sea­son Wright wants Aberdeen to fin­ish the year with a win to make sure they are in con­tention at the top go­ing into Jan­u­ary’s win­ter break and the sec­ond half of the sea­son. With Rangers and Celtic fac­ing each other at Ibrox to­mor­row, a win for the Reds would see them gain ground on at least one of the Glas­gow teams. Winger Wright said: “It’s im­por­tant to get three points be­fore the break. “With such a long time be­fore our next game the man­ager will re­ally want us to get three points and look to climb up the ta­ble again. “We know what they are like and the man­ager will struc­ture a game plan for them after look­ing at the Celtic game. “It’s about tak­ing the pos­i­tives from Celtic and to­tally fo­cus­ing on the week­end. “We are in the mix at the top of the ta­ble just now. “It has been a re­ally tight league this year and we don’t want to be sit­ting look­ing say­ing ‘it’s good that it’s tight at the top’ and we’re not up there. “We want to be right in about it at the top of league and hope­fully we can be. That does make it im­por­tant to win against Liv­ingston. “It’s a sim­ple phrase, but all we can do is take things game by game and make sure we pre­pare right for the Liv­ingston game.” Vic­tory to­mor­row in West Loth­ian would see Aberdeen fin­ish 2018 with a points to­tal of 39 from their 21 league games. Wright be­lieves that would be an ad­e­quate re­turn and the 21-year old added: “I think that was roughly where we were at this time of the sea­son last sea­son. “It is a case of tak­ing it game by game. “We know we are a strong team and we have had quite a strong De­cem­ber. “We’re not go­ing to take this game lightly just be­fore the break. “We need to go into it and give 100% and I’m sure we will.” Wright was dis­ap­pointed to lose to Celtic on Box­ing Day after Bren­dan Rodgers’ team pre­vailed in an en­thralling en­counter. The game had been poised at 2-2 in the fi­nal 10 min­utes but a cou­ple of quick­fire goals from Od­sonne Edouard and Scott Sin­clair meant Lewis Fer­gu­son’s 90th-minute vol­ley wasn’t enough for the Dons to take some­thing.

How­ever, Wright be­lieves they can take some pos­i­tives and said: “It was a case of try­ing to re­ally push and get at them and not a case of just sit­ting back and ad­mir­ing that they are a good team. “We know they are a good team but we had to go and play to our strengths. “We had to see how that played out and it was just un­for­tu­nate how it panned out at the end of the game. “The gaffer was ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult – but he was happy with how we played. “We stuck to his game­plan, it was un­for­tu­nate the way the game panned out. “But we’ll take pos­i­tives from it and come in and work hard again for the last game be­fore the break against Liv­ingston.” Wright was a half-time sub for Aberdeen on Box­ing Day. He re­placed Niall McGinn at the break with the North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional strug­gling with a groin strain. Wright his hop­ing to keep his place in the side for the last game of 2018 against Livi. He said: “I def­i­nitely want to try to keep my place. Things like in­juries hap­pen in foot­ball and some­times that is how boys end up get­ting their shot. “For me it’s just a case of try­ing to grab my chance.”

ear­lier this month against St John­stone Scott Wright in ac­tion

Niall McGinn, on ground, was re­placed against Celtic

Aberdeen’s Scott Wright, left, with on-loan James Wil­son

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