Aberdeen’s Ryan Christie has delivered the brash prediction that he and his team-mates expect to finish above Rangers in second place in the Scottish Premiership for the second season in a row.

The Dons currently trail their Ibrox rivals by two points but have a game in hand and can overtake Graeme Murty’s side with a win.

Christie, who has been a star performer for the Dons this season with seven goals, claims that the Dons hold the advantage in the battle for second place as their players have the experience of finishing in second place over the last few years.

“We don’t just hope, we expect it from each other to finish second now and it’ll be a disappointment if we don’t. So everyone will be battling when the run-in comes to try to get that second spot sealed,” Christie said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

‘We certainly didn’t ever think it had slipped away from us. From the start it was our aim to finish second in the league and we’ve got a real chance and are all really confident we can go ahead and fulfil that.”

The Gers and Dons have both lacked consistency at times this season, with the Pittodrie side at one stage holding a nine point lead over the Gers, but the Light Blues have won all three league meetings between the teams this season.

The Gers were clear in second a few weeks ago, but poor results since then have let Derek McInnes’ side back in the hunt.

Football Insider verdict

It’s hard to know which of the sides will end up finishing second, as they have both proved to be remarkably inconsistent at times. The Gers have won all three meetings between the teams this season, yet could still trail the Dons after they play their game in hand. The teams are set to meet one more time this season at Pittodrie after the league splits, and the match could well have a huge impact on who finishes second. Then again, there is every chance it will not, depending on how consistent both teams are in their other fixtures. You can’t blame Christie for being confident but at this moment in time it’s hard to predict which of the sides will win the battle for second place.

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