ABERDEEN will have a distinctly red and white look this week as the city gets ready for this Sunday’s Betfred Cup final on Sunday.
One prominent building in the city centre, Marshal Collegeon Broad Street, will be lit up in Aberdeen’s red all week as the city of Aberdeen gets behind the Dons who face Celtic in Sunday’s final.
Aberdeen have sold almost 25,000 tickets and the club’s support will fill half the national stadium and they plan to match the vocal Celtic support all the way.
Aberdeen City Council’s finance chief, Willie Young, told the Evening Express: “The important thing for us is that we’re all Aberdonians and we want to see the success of the city.
“We remember the last time Aberdeen won the League Cup and the feel-good factor that it had then.
“With the Christmas Village opening on Sunday, the Christmas lights going on and Aberdeen hopefully winning the League Cup, we’ve got a lot to look forward to as we head towards the new year.”
And Councillor Young reckons that the silverware will be heading back up to the North East on Sunday evening, for the second time in the last three years.
“I think 2-1 Aberdeen after extra time, and I’ll go for Jonny Hayes to get both of them,” said the finance boss, who also confirmed that the Council would be happy to work with the Dons to arrange a victory parade should they upset the odds on Sunday.
The Evening Express is also getting behind the Reds by giving away thousands of clap banners this week to help fans make some noise and cheer Derek McInnes’ men on.
If Aberdeen are to overcome Celtic it will have to be third time lucky as the Dons have already suffered home and away defeats to the Champions and runaway league leaders this season.
Celtic have no time to think about the Final until Thursday morning as they have the little matter of a Champions League Group C match against the mighty Barcelona on Wednesday evening. in the away match Celtic lost 7-0 so the task they face ahead of the Bettered Cup final is daunting to say the least.