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DONS BOSS SHRUGS OFF UNDERDOGS TAG

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DEREK McINNES is eyeing a victory in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden on November 27.
Aberdeen booked their spot when goals from Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean gave them a 2-0 semi-final win over Morton yesterday.
McInnes looked ahead to next month’s confrontation and admitted: “Whoever we play, we will be underdogs.
“I am looking forward to watching today’s game. Either outcome will be a challenge.

“For us, I’m just concerned about the team we are going to be in the Final – rather than the one we’ll be facing.”

McInnes led the Dons to success in the trophy in the 2013/14 season when they beat Inverness Caley Thistle on penalty-kicks at Parkhead.
The Pittodrie boss said: “You are judged on games like this, the team is judged on days like this. You either deal with the situation or you don’t.

“We’ve had three League Cup semi-finals in the four years I’ve been here. We have won two and won one Final. The aim is to win this one and make it two.

“I want my period here – and my players’ period here – not to be all related to the League Cup Final win at Parkhead. Every time a Cup competition comes around I want other references.

“I want the players and supporters to feel it was more of an era. A more sustained period of success.

“Any team can win a Cup – and I say that with the greatest respect. Not a lot of teams can do what we’ve done.

“We’ve sustained a challenge to Celtic. We’ve regularly played European football. We’ve kept winning week in, week out.

“I don’t want it to be just one trophy in four or five years. I want people to look back and see that we won trophies.

“Our aim at the start of the season was to win trophies and we’re now 90 minutes away from that.”

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