Nicky Devlin is fed-up paying lip-service to the Red Army - with Aberdeen winless in their last 11 Scottish Premiership matches and languishing in real relegation danger. 

A packed away end was once again left disappointed when Dundee took all three points on Wednesday night. And as if that wasn't bad enough for Aberdeen fans, who began the season with European ambitions, Ross County scored a late equaliser to clinch a valuable point against Hibernian.

That result ensured the Dons and eleventh-placed County are now separated by just three points going into the weekend's fixtures. 

Aberdeen travel south to face Motherwell looking to rectify some wrongs following a pitiful display at Dens Park which left some punters chanting "You're not fit to wear the shirt" towards the underperforming players. 

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Devlin can't argue with the strong acquisitions being directed at the squad and knows that the only way to prove them wrong is by gaining three points on a more regular basis and begin looking up the table, starting with Saturday's clash in North Lanarkshire.

“A lot of the boys have probably not been in a relegation battle before, especially at a club like this,” said the defender.

“The only way you can show you’ve got the character for it is to go out and show it. There’s no point in saying we’ve got good characters if we don’t go and show it.

“The character has been questioned for obvious reasons, we’ve not won enough games, so there can be no complaints from the boys on that front. It’s down to us as players to go and show it.”

Devlin believes Aberdeen are ready for a bottom six scrap as they look to secure their top-flight status but is well-aware of Ross County and Livingston's potential to kick into gear during the final months of the season.

He explained: “Teams that are down the bottom that are used to being down the bottom, this is when they come alive and their seasons kick into gear.

“We have to match that and then rise above it and make sure we pick up enough points to get away from the position we’re in.

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“It won’t be easy because all the games we’ve got before the split are against teams who are fighting for something.

“We’re playing teams that are round about us so we know how important these games are because if we can manage to win, it obviously stops another team picking up three points as well.”