Kelle Roos aims to ensure the Gothenburg Greats have a memorable day at a packed Pittodrie by helping Aberdeen take another big step towards securing European group stage football next term.
The Dons have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of their famous Cup Winners’ Cup triumph over Real Madrid this week, and Sir Alex Ferguson and his successful 1983 players will be at Saturday’s match against Hibernian as the tributes continue.
Goalkeeper Roos is hoping he and his colleagues can play their part in what promises to be a stirring afternoon in the Granite City.
“It shows what you can achieve within this football club if you make history in Europe,” he said of the Gothenburg Greats.
“I think it’s amazing that this group of players and management get the acknowledgement they deserve for making beautiful history for this football club.
“I’m sure they will enjoy the weekend. We will just focus on the game and try and make it an even better weekend for them by getting all three points.”
Roos feels the Dons – five points clear of Hearts and six ahead of Hibs with just four games to play – are thriving on trying to secure third place in the cinch Premiership.
A win over Lee Johnson’s side will keep them firmly on course for automatic European group-stage involvement next season, which will be the reward for finishing third as long as Premiership champions Celtic beat Championship side Inverness in the Scottish Cup final.
“I would love to play European football,” said Roos. “The whole team wants that.
“We are all pulling in the same direction. As long as we keep doing that, we have a strong front as a group.
“At the moment, we are very much looking like one strong unit and I think other teams don’t like it.
“Everything a football team should look like, we look like at the moment. We’re going toe to toe with the best teams and everybody is feeling great.”
Roos takes confidence from Aberdeen’s five-point cushion and is confident they will not be afflicted by tension as the race for third nears its conclusion.
“All the teams in the top six have their own pressure,” he said. “Our pressure is that we are getting chased, in a sense. But we can’t look at that too much.
“We just need to get results from game to game, and if we do that we’ll be fine. We can see it as pressure or we can see it that we have it in our hands, which ultimately is nothing but a luxury.”