Kari Arnason has made the questionable claim that Aberdeen are in the “driving seat” when they face Rangers at Pittodrie – even though they lost to the Gers earlier this week.
The two sides meet on Sunday lunchtime and, despite losing 3-0 on Wednesday, Arnason believes his side have the advantage.
A win for Rangers would send the Glasgow club into second in the Scottish Premiership and strike a huge psychological blow to the Dons.
The Gers won the last meeting between the sides at Pittodrie – a 3-0 win under Pedro Caixinha – and have generally impressed away from Ibrox this season.
Arnason though, thinks if the Dons can perform to their capabilities, they should be able to handle Graeme Murty’s side.
“The positive is that we’re still in the driving seat against Rangers. We just need to perform,” Arnason said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We know how important this game is to the fans. We’ve just got to perform. It’s as simple as that.”
Icelandic midfielder Arnason is in his second spell with the Dons after stints with Rotherham, Malmo and Omonia since leaving Pittodrie in 2012.
Arnason was a key part of the Iceland squad which reached the quarter-final of last year’s European Championship in France and is expected to be part of the Iceland squad for the World Cup next summer – where they were drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in Friday’s World Cup draw
Interim Rangers boss Murty is expected to take charge of the Gers for the final time against Aberdeen – with his opposite number at Pittodrie, Derek McInnes, the bookies’ favourite to take the reins on a permanent basis.
In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty has claimed that his summer signing was a bargain buy.