Upbeat Ross McCrorie is confident Aberdeen’s 5-1 thrashing of BK Hacken was no flash in the pan and was more a statement of intent for the season ahead.
The Dons travelled to Sweden yesterday (Wed) looking to see out the second leg of their Europa Conference League clash in the Bravida Stadium this evening.
Stephen Glass’s new-look side was unveiled last week and they went goal crazy in the first leg against BK.
Aberdeen were criticised for their lack of goals last season and that in the end led to Derek McInnes ’s early departure and Glass coming in.
The new boss has brought in strikers Christian Ramirez and Jay Emmanuel Thomas and McCrorie has revealed the new management team has worked tirelessly to ensure the Dons have come into the new campaign with a real cutting edge.
McCrorie said: “No, I wouldn’t say I was surprised. We’ve worked extremely hard throughout pre-season, especially on the attacking side of things as well to try and get more goals.
“As you saw in the game the other night, the combination play up front was great and even some of the individual bits of quality were fantastic.
“It just goes down to all the hard work we’ve done in pre-season and you’re starting to see the fruits of it.
“That was clear for everyone, that we had to score more goals.
“We had a nine game run where we didn’t score so I think it was clear for everyone that we had to improve on the attacking side of the game.
“We’ve obviously done that to start with in the first game but we have to keep that going throughout the season and hopefully we do.”
Aberdeen’s new RamJET strikeforce has already made an instant impact on the Red Army and even their teammates.
McCrorie explained: “We’ve brought in a lot of players. We’ve tweaked a few things in the system and it was all credit to big JET and Chris up top the other night. They gave us that base to hold up the play and that’s something we maybe never had last year, that hold up play to try and get us up the pitch.
“The two boys up top were terrific the other night.
“I played against JET last year when he was at Livingston and he’s a top quality player.
“It’s the same with Chris. You see wee bits in training.
“His finishing is brilliant and long may it continue into the season.”
Many people believe this tie has already been done and the Dons can turn their attention to the winner of the Breidablik and Austria Vienna clash but Glass won’t allow his players to become complacent.
The manager and his team of Allan Russell, Henry Apaloo and player coach Scott Burns have made an immediate impact.
The former Rangers youngster claimed: “The gaffer and Allan and Henry and Broony as well have come in and been a breath of fresh air.
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“They have implemented their ideas and I think you can see that in the first game.
“It paid off and hopefully that continues.
“I’ve enjoyed my time so far in pre-season and now we want the best start possible to the new season.”
McCrorie is adamant that the travelling squad know the job is only half-done and BK Hacken will get total respect.
The former Scotland under-21 cap stated: “We’ve got massive respect for our opponents.
“They wouldn’t be in Europe if they weren’t a good team and they’ve got quality within their side.
“We saw that the other night with little bits of play they had. They’ve got good quality players.
“We’ll go in aiming for a clean sheet and treat it as a clean slate.
“We want to score as many goals as we can again and get off to a good start, but the main aim is just to get through into the next round.”
McCrorie has played in a variety of positions in his career and last Friday he was employed as a central defender, alongside Andrew Considine, with new signing Declan Gallagher serving a European suspension.
Glass sees McCrorie as a defender. He is happy to play anywhere just to help the team.
He admitted: “I’ve played centre back a lot.
“When I was at Rangers, I played at centre back a lot.
“Last season at times I dropped into centre back so it’s a position that I’m very familiar with and know well.
“I just want to play wherever I can help the team and make the team as successful as it can be.”
McCrorie is looking to help Aberdeen do as well as they can domestically and in Europe - but knows it is about steady steps than making sweeping predictions season.
He stated: “I don’t really want to get into that. We have just got to focus on ourselves and take each game as it comes. “We don’t want to be looking at people outside us. “We will focus on ourselves and take each game as it comes and be the best we can be and I think that will take us far this season."