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'Would be no surprise if Leven is in charge for County game'

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Despite the impact Saturday’s match at Ibrox may or may not have on both the title race and top-six jostling, there is little doubt that match of the day is at Pittodrie.

Ross County make the journey along the A96 for a pivotal fixture in the battle to avoid the relegation play-off place.

With Livingston all but gone, there is a battle now between Aberdeen, County, Motherwell and St Johnstone to save themselves from end-of-season nerve-fraying, with just five points between Motherwell in eighth and County in 11th.

This is not where Aberdeen supporters expected their team to be come the spring, but it is the reality.

Millions of pounds have been spent on a squad that has underachieved to the tune of just 30 points from 30 games.

Still, the win at Motherwell before the international break was as welcoming as it was imperative, particularly given County’s win over Hearts in Dingwall. It also stopped the Dons equalling a club record winless run in the league.

It seems that a huge away support is heading to the Granite City for a match that could see the teams end the day either level on points or with clear daylight between them.

It would be no surprise if Peter Leven is handed the reins for this one as the club’s search for Barry Robson’s long-term replacement chugs its way through an eighth week.

The good news for the Dons is that key man Bojan Miovski rediscovered his scoring touch during the break with a superbly taken goal for North Macedonia in their friendly against Moldova having gone eight games without one for his club. They need him to start firing again with a trip to doomed Livingston to come the following week.

Most neutral observers, while acknowledging Aberdeen are in a survival battle, feel they have enough in the squad to get them over the line and keep themselves out of trouble. It’s up to those wearing the shirts to prove that that is the case.

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