Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield says Saturday's pre-match huddle was for the benefit of the team's younger players facing Partick Thistle.
A number of Dons fans have voiced their concern at the gesture, which has become synonymous with Celtic.
Thistle were defeated 3-0 by Derek McInnes's side.
"It's caused some upset, but we don't like to call it the huddle, we call it the 'Aberdeen bosey', as I've seen it called on Twitter," said Langfield.
“As the manager said, it won't happen all the time, but sometimes the younger boys need that”
"It was just one of these spontaneous things that happened.
"We had a young team on Saturday and it's something that the manager and the boys, the older boys, had discussed.
"As the manager said, it won't happen all the time, but sometimes the younger boys need that."
Aberdeen host Scottish Premiership leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle this coming Saturday - the first of three games in 10 days for the Dons.
McInnes said: "It's a good challenge for us.
"Get a result in that one, it makes the next one that bit easier in terms of how we're feeling, in terms of our frame of mind.
"It's important that the players go into each game as confident as we can."