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Two sides have aspirations of high finishes after contrasting starts to the season. Which will confirm their credentials?
Some said that Hibs were a club in trouble early this season but Paul Heffernan found a squad full of confidence when he arrived from Kilmarnock. The Easter Road side lost their first four games of the season, including a 7-0 home thrashing by Malmo. However, they had secured their first Scottish Premiership win of the season against Kilmarnock when Heffernan moved from Rugby Park just before the transfer deadline. Since then Pat Fenlon's side have lost just once and last weekend's 1-1 draw with Celtic has set them up nicely for the game against visitors Aberdeen today. Heffernan has been an integral part of that improvement in form with three goals in his first five starts and the striker is revelling in his new challenge.The Irishman said: "When I first came in, you would never think the team was under pressure. They were just after beating Kilmarnock the week before and they were full of confidence. They were bubbly, the training was good and they seemed like they were really enjoying themselves. I think that's rubbed off. We have managed to get a few good results and the place is full of confidence. I have loved it since I came here, it's been great. The lads made me feel very welcome from the moment I came through the door. I have been enjoying the training and managed to get a couple of goals and the team has been winning games as well so it's going very well."Heffernan will miss out of the Edinburgh Derby that is one of the League Cup quarter finals on Wednesday gainst Hearts as he played for Kilmarnock in the second round. he added: "I'm obviously disappointed to be missing the cup game, it's going to be a great atmosphere and it's a big Edinburgh derby but there will be plenty more and I'm just looking to the game on Saturday and getting three points."Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson has been happy with his side's start to the campaign. The Dons are currently sees them in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership as today's game ends their first round of fixtures. Hibs could leapfrog the Dons today if things go their way. The last four games between the teams have only seen two goals with one win for each side and Anderson knows Hibs will present be a major test of their top-six aspirations.The former Scotland international said: "The games were close affairs last season so it will be interesting to see how they have evolved since last season. Most of the games are usually tight against Hibs. We've done well in spells but I think there is still work to be done. In general we have to be satisfied with how the first quarter has gone. We know there are areas we can always improve on and we'll be looking to do that as the season progresses. It's going to be another very difficult game on Saturday. They drew with Celtic last week which will give them plenty of confidence going in to this game. Their form recently has been very good so we know it will be a tough test."
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