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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    So, both Scottish clubs progress in Europa League qualifying: Rangers see off Progres 2-0 on aggregate, while Aberdeen thump Chikhura at Pittodrie for a 6-1 aggregate thrashing.

    Rangers will face Denmark's Midtjylland while the Dons take on Croatian outfit Rijeka.

    Thanks for your company tonight; we're back on Saturday as the new Premiership season gets under way.

    Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

  2. 'I challenge myself to score goals' - Cosgrove

    FT: Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove: "All round, it was a good night’s work. It was good to round it off with a hat-trick. There’s been a lot of work done on the training ground and leading up to the start of the season.

    "There’s also got to be a lot of credit given to the new boys who’ve come in. The club’s a special place and I’m sure they’ve done the same with the new boys.

    "I wasn’t here when we beat Reijka last time, but we’re looking forward to it and want to get through the tie.

    "As a striker coming into the season, I challenge myself to score as many goals as I can. Hopefully, I can keep on doing it."

  3. Keep schtum about Sam...

    FT: Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Asked about the form of Aberdeen's hat-trick hero Sam Cosgrove - who has scored 25 goals in 32 games - Dons boss Derek McInnes quips: "We'll talk about that once the [transfer] window closes!"

    Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove fired a hat-trick in the mauling of Chikhura
    Image caption: Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove fired a hat-trick in the mauling of Chikhura
  4. McInnes praises 'free-flowing' Dons

    FT: Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "They [Chikhura] a very good side technically. There were spells in the game when we were free-flowing. All the goals were things of beauty. Sam [Cosgrove] will get the headlines, and rightly so… the fans are getting a flavour of what we’re trying to do this season.

    "I’m absolutely delighted with the performance."

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
    Image caption: Derek McInnes was "delighted" with Aberdeen's display at Pittodrie
  5. Dons look united

    FT: Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura Sachkhere

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland's chief sports writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: There seems to be huge camaraderie, the way a couple of the goals were celebrated. The new players in there have integrated really well, that's the impression from the outside anyway, it looked like a very united team playing really good football, scoring excellent goals. The movement, the speed of passing and thought was excellent. It didn't look at all like an early season game but one, two or three months in. This was a high calibre performance for this early.
  6. McInnes' squad shaping up nicely

    FT: Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura Sachkhere

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Big questions needed answered by Derek McInnes during the close season, but looks like he's done that. He had to find new faces, new quality and he's certainly done that. And we have to remember it's really early in the season. It's only been two home games to look at but they've both been sparkling and really positive. The newcomers coming in all look of high quality.
    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
    Image caption: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes had "big questions" to answer in the close season
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  8. Another 'special European night' for Miller

    FT: Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller was part of the Aberdeen side who set the record European aggregate score back in August 1982 on their way to their historic Cup Winner's Cup title - beating Swiss side Sion 7-0 in their first leg, 4-1 in the second of the competition's preliminary round.

    While Derek McInnes' troops haven't quite broken it, beating Chikhura 6-1 on aggregate to reach the third qualifying round, Miller believes they've earned the right to be compared.

    Quote Message: The quality of the play tonight they probably deserve that, they've created the chances and importantly this time around they've taken the chances. They have been ruthless. They've been sensational and a lot of star performances out there. They really are gelling as a team and you'd think they'll only get better. It's a special European night, the fans are loving it and the players enjoying it.
    Aberdeen’s Greg Leigh celebrates his debut goal for the Dons
    Image caption: Aberdeen treated their supporters to a goal blizzard at Pittodrie
  9. Flying the flag...

    Aberdeen and Rangers do the business tonight to progress in Europa League qualifying, while Celtic remain in the mix as they target a place in the Champions League.

    A much needed shot-in-the-arm for Scottish clubs in Europe. Bravo!

  10. FULL-TIME Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    A Sam Cosgrove-inspired Aberdeen see off Chikhura in style at Pittodrie. Five goals on the night - including a hat-trick for Cosgrove - sees the Dons seal a 6-1 aggregate victory and a tie against Croatian outfit Rijeka.

  11. Diving for cover...

    Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Liam McLeod

    BBC Sport Scotland at Pittodrie

    Quote Message: The seagulls are swooping down, it must be close to full-time
  12. Dons could score more

    Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    David Robertson

    Former Aberdeen and Rangers defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Before half-time they sat back, and looks like they're doing the same again. I know the game is in the bag now but it would be nice for them to keep playing on the front foot and maybe get another one.
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    SPLstats: Sam Cosgrove is just the 4th player to score a hat-trick for Aberdeen in European competition. Frank Munro v KR Reykjavik, 1967. Mark McGhee v Ujpest Dosza, 1984. Adam Rooney v Daugava Riga, 2014.

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    Pie & Bovril: Does Sam Cosgrove have a Scottish granny?

  15. Cosgrove rightly lapping up praise

    Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: It's a good night for them. It's a packed house of 15,000, the football has been top drawer, some outstanding performances with Gallagher right up there I would say the man of the match. But Sam Cosgrove with the three goals from outfield play, no penalties, taking a bow and doing a lap of honour out there. And he thoroughly deserves it. It's been a great performance from the team and the big striker.
  16. Cos & effect

    Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Sam Cosgrove will be feeling on top of the world; quite right too. The white-hot striker has fired a hat-trick in an impressive second leg from the rampant Dons.

    Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove
    Image caption: Sam Cosgrove will get the match ball after an impressive hat-trick at Pittodrie
  17. GOAL Aberdeen 5-0 Chikhura

    Sam Cosgrove

    Aberdeen goal

    Sam Cosgrove wanted a hat-trick and he's realised that ambition against the shattered Georgians. The big striker is cool as a cucumber as he curls an effort into the net with the outside of his foot for his third and Aberdeen's fifth of the night.

  18. Dons coasting

    Aberdeen 4-0 Chikhura

    It's a case of 'job done' for Aberdeen and manager Derek McInnes. Leading 5-1 on aggregate, it's a case of seeing the tie out without suffering any injuries and await Rijeka of Croatia in the next round.