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CARRY ON GETTING CARRIED AWAY; 15, 2013 DONS LATEST PARTY TIME IS OK Red Army right to go overboard after enduring years of misery.

Byline: MICHAELGANNON SPORTS VIEW.. THURSDAY

WE'RE not getting carried away. Stick those words into Google and you get 349 million responses and 348,999,999 will be about football.

One click and Inverness are not getting carried away. Hearts aren't either and neither are Partick Thistle.

Elsewhere, Swansea ain't getting carried away, no chance of Owen Coyle doing so, or Luton Town and, erm, Huddersfield Giants, whoever or whatever they might be.

The message is the same from the lot of them: whatever you do, don't dare get carried away. Ever.

But hold on a second. Why not? It's all manager speak of course and it's intended to stop their players swaggering around like World Cup winners after they've picked up a couple of points in the Glasgow and District.

But when it comes to fans obeying those orders, forget it.

TORCHED Try telling Aberdeen supporters not to get carried away. It says a lot about the mood of the Red Army when a clash with England at Wembley is only the second most important entry in the diary this week.

Believe it or not, there's a big chunk of the North East - which is usually Tartan Army heartland - who viewed last night's match as nothing more than an appetiser for the main course.

Celtic are coming to town. In recent years these visits have felt like a rich, obnoxious pal pitching up for the weekend, tanning the contents of the drinks cabinet and trying to cop off with the wife.

But not this time. Aberdeen fans can't wait. Come on up Bhoys.

Let's not forget, though, Aberdonians are hardly famed for their sunny outlook. They could be on a date with Kelly Brook and they'd moan about her not getting a round in.

No one does a better deadpan delivery than an Aberdonian and while they are getting excited this week it doesn't mean they've lost their marbles.

Dons fans are slowly emerging from the bomb shelter and are still wondering if they are seeing bright sunshine or a nuclear winter. They've been torched too often in the past. Last season Craig Brown's side could have gone top by beating Celtic at Pittodrie in autumn.

They meekly rolled over and as confidence eroded and injuries piled up, the campaign went down the tubes.

It's easy to forget that under Mark McGhee the Dons won their opening two games in 2010 to spark talk of a revival, only for the side to win just one of the next 14, including a 9-0 humiliation at Parkhead. Get carried away? Aye, by the men in white coats.

So while they might not be skipping down Union Street just yet, the reason they are getting carried away is because they have seen it before and this time they reckon it will be different.

They'll say they've got arguably the best player outside Parkhead in Niall McGinn. They've got Dundee United's best player last season in Willo Flood and in Jonny Hayes one of the most potent wide men in the country. They also know Aberdeen, like every other side outside of Celtic, are a couple of torn hammies from another season of disappointment.

But those negative thoughts are on hold for now. All that matter is getting the better of Celtic at Pittodrie for the first time since January 2009.

They will never have a better chance, with the engine running on Celtic's chartered plane at Dyce Airport waiting to whisk Neil Lennon's men off to Borat country for the Champions League qualifier immediately after the game.

There will also be a full house at Pittodrie for the first time in six years.

A 20,000 crowd for a top-flight game away from Parkhead or Ibrox is a welcome shot in the arm for Scottish football- as is the prospect of someone at least making the title race less than a complete cakewalk.

So while it's fine for bosses to tell players not to get carried away, the rule doesn't apply to supporters.

It should be: carry on getting carried away because there's enough times when your team makes you turn to a carry-out.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Aug 15, 2013
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