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3 talking points as Christian Ramirez on target again to get Aberdeen off to a flyer against dismal Dundee United

Daily Record logo Daily Record 01/08/2021 Gavin Berry

Aberdeen got their Scottish Premiership campaign off to a flying start with a comfortable win over Dundee United at Pittodrie.

Jonny Hayes and Christian Ramirez were on target in either half as the impressive form continues under Stephen Glass.

And it was the perfect preparation for the first leg of their Europa Conference League clash with Breidablik against the toothless Tangerines.

The Dons were without Ryan Hedges who failed to shake off a knock picked up in the second leg of their Conference League tie in Sweden.

Aberdeen had a penalty appeal turned down early on when Ramirez’s strike appeared to hit Charlie Mulgrew’s elbow but Alan Muir turned down shouts for a spot kick.

The Reds then got their noses in front just before the half hour mark and it was no more than they deserved after dominating at that point.

Lewis Ferguson played a beautiful lofted pass over the top of a flat-footed United defence and Hayes bent his run to race onto the ball and beat the outrushing Benjamin Siegrist.

The home side were in control as the Tam Courts men couldn’t get going at all yet they should have been level on the stroke of half time.

Peter Pawlett fed Liam Smith on the right and he whipped in a great ball which Ian Harkes should have buried but the American sent his header wide and it was a huge let off for Dons.

And Aberdeen made the visitors pay with a second goal early in the second half to set them on their way to victory.

It was a brilliantly worked goal and great play from Calvin Ramsay - a day after celebrating his 18th birthday - who beat ex-Don Mark Reynolds to deliver the perfect cross for Ramirez to power home a header.

Glass had the luxury of being able to take some players off with Europe in mind and the points in the bag.

Here's three talking points from Pittodrie


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Dons best bet to challenge Rangers?

Of course it's early days but Aberdeen are looking a real force under Stephen Glass.

In Christian Ramirez they look to have the goal grabber they craved last season.

Scott Brown has the obvious leadership qualities which his old Celtic side seem to be lacking.

And in Calvin Ramsay they have a real rising star in the full back position.

It's all coming together and if they can keep it up could be better equipped than the Hoops to challenge Rangers.

Suspect Siegrist

Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist has been touted as an obvious choice to solve Celtic’s goalkeeping problem.

The Swiss shot-stopper has been impressive since moving to Tayside and the Tangerines are believed to be looking for around £350,000 for the 29-year-old.

Celtic have been linked in their desperate search for a keeper and Ipswich Town are another interested in the No. 1.

But he could have done better Aberdeen’s opener, albeit the Dundee United defence was slow to reach, when he raced off his line but Hayes somehow managed to squeeze the ball past him.

Tenacious Tangerines

It was clear that Dundee United were intent on disrupting Aberdeen’s rhythm and they didn’t care how they went about it.

Referee Alan Muir had his work cut out but Ryan Edwards picked up a yellow card for brushing an opponent when worse challenges had gone unpunished.

Callum Butcher was then shown a yellow card for catching Funso Ojo having been let away with a challenge on Lewis Ferguson earlier.

Liam Smith was also late on Jack MacKenzie and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas had some rough treatment, including an elbow from Edwards after his booking.

Some tackles, though, were purely out of frustration as they couldn’t get a hold of the ball with the home side dominant.

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