DEREK McINNES reckons Aberdeen are in the mood to create a Betfred League Cup Final shock when they face Celtic at Hampden a week today.
The Pittodrie boss saw his team give Inverness Caley Thistle a goal of a start before a double strike from Kenny McLean and a penalty from Adam Rooney gave them a 3-1 win in the Highlands.
The victory means they are 10 points behind Brendan Rodgers’ champions who have a game in hand and a point above Rangers who struggled to beat Dundee 1-0 at Ibrox.
McInnes is now focused on the Parkhead side and said: “It’s good to be going into the Cup Final on the back of two away wins.
“I’m pleased with the way we’re playing. We have certain players in good form, so we go there in good shape.
“Celtic have proved a tough nut to crack for everyone this season, so people don’t expect anything other than a victory for them.
“But I’m confident we have the players who have the ability to win a Cup.
“I’m just delighted to be talking about a Cup Final because this is where this club should be.
“We will need to get the balance right between attacking and defending, but our intention is to go there and try to win the Cup.”
Aberdeen have all week to get themselves ready for next Sunday’s final, while the Scottish Champions have the small matter of facing Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night as they fight for their lives in European football this season.
Celtic are rock bottom of the group with 2 points and are eyeing three points on Wednesday to attempt to close the gap on The German Team who are at home to Manchester City.
If the Germans and Celtic both win there is the intriguing prospect on the final round of matches for Celtic to go to Manchester and win and hope that Barcelona take care of the Germans at the Nou Camp.
Those results would, unbelievably see Celtic qualify for the latter stages of the Champions League, with 8 points.
It’s a funny old game. When Celtic last beat Barcelona in that memorable November night in 2012, they were at home to Kilmarnock on the Saturday and were well beaten by 2-0 by the Ayrshire side.
Maybe a Celtic win against Barcelona could work in Aberdeen’s favour come Sunday afternoon at the National Stadium.