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This is best-run club I've ever played for; ABERDEEN v CELTIC Glory-hunter Lewis vows to help Dons spoil Hoops party.

Byline: SCOTT BURNS

JOE LEWIS admits it was an easy decision to pen a new five-year contract because Aberdeen are the best-run club he has played for.

High praise for the Pittodrie club from a keeper who has had spells at clubs such as Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff.

Lewis, who will start against Celtic today, has also dipped in at the opposite end of the spectrum with Blackpool, Morecambe and Stockport.

And he's in no doubt the Dons' strength is that everybody is pulling in one direction - for success on the field.

Lewis said: "You get the feeling at certain clubs you're battling against the owners, or it's 'them and us'. They're trying to make money.

"The feeling I've always had here is everything is geared towards helping get the best players out on the pitch and everyone buys into that.

"There's no real frustration from the playing side that we're being hampered. We get the best opportunities and we're really looked after, be it staying away or mid-season trips.

"This is the best-run club I've come across. It helps when you feel you have the full backing of everyone. And everyone working here is a fan as well.

"I can't speak highly enough of the club, comparing to where I've been it is streets ahead. That's part of the reason I wanted to commit my future here."

Aberdeen are looking to push on with their new training ground and stadium and Lewis is doing his bit by helping them clinch regular European football.

But he said: "We need to win trophies and I won't be fully satisfied here until we do that.

"You don't want remembered for coming second and being known for nearly doing it, nearly winning something.

"It's no consolation hearing, 'They did well and were unlucky,' or if the referee had made a different decision we would have won something.

"We want to be a team remembered for actually winning cups and I want to be remembered as someone who played an important part in making it happen.

"We have to compete for trophies every year as that is part of being at Aberdeen, the history of the club has always been about winning silverware."

Lewis is confident glory days are not far away at Pittodrie and he'll be going all out to avoid a Celtic title party today.

He said: "You never want that but we have our own target, which is European football.

"We don't want to see Celtic jumping around celebrating as we're coming off the pitch. We'd love to win the game and have our own celebration.

"They will win the league at some stage but we're hoping it's the week after this."

Aberdeen are pushing to seal third spot and a European place while there is also the small matter of revenge for their recent Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Neil Lennon's side.

Lewis added: "We've always got something to prove. It was hugely disappointing last time against them but there are no excuses.

"We need to be at it on Saturday because everyone needs to be at 100 per cent if we're going to win. You have to be tactically right and mentally completely switched on.

"The times we've done well against supposedly bigger opposition have been when we're switched on. Against good players, switch off and you get punished. We've seen that in games against Celtic where we haven't been successful.

"It's always difficult to get 11 people on their game at the same time but that's what is required."

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Date:May 4, 2019
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