Mark McGhee may have claimed this game is not a 'must win' but he is surely just trying to hedge the bets in case we draw. Certainly, with Hibs having a tough trip to Tannadice and then some further tricky fixtures, a loss will not automatically rule us out of the top six but it will certainly make it very hard to get there. And if we hope to catch
A close thing last time
We have, for the first time in a while, reason for concern in the squad. Craigan, so important since coming back from injury, has picked up another strain. He missed the second
Maros Klimpl will also be a huge loss but given his style of play, suspensions are something both he and we have to accept. Quinn, if not at right back, could move inside beside Hughes while Lasley is another contender. Clarkson will be pushing for a start somewhere although he really does better up front than in midfield. Would we gamble on going back to 4-3-3 and pushing him up alongside Sutton and Sheridan?
We may come up short eventually this season but it doesn't seem right that things should be settled so early. It might be nervy but we will be happy come full time with a 2-0 win.
Remember the last time Aberdeen visited?