ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes will take the last opportunity of viewing Betfred League Cup Final opponents Celtic against Barcelona tonight.
McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty will be in the Parkhead stand to watch Brendan Rodgers’ side in Champions League action against the Spanish superstars.
It is bound to be a stamina-sapping encounter for the Hoops, but the Pittodrie gaffer is not convinced the crunch confrontation will be a factor before Sunday’s Cup Final at Hampden.
He said: “I would like to go. even if we didn’t have the Cup Final. It’s a game I’d like to see. Tony and I will be there, but I am not expecting to gain too much.
“I am not sure it will have any bearing on the Final. We could all sit down and write Brendan’s strongest team if everyone is fit and ready to go. But there might be some fall-out from the game.
“However, we cannot go into the game hoping Celtic are not quite at it. That would be foolish and naive. If Celtic go and win it or get a positive result against Barcelona, they will go flying into Hampden on the back of that.
“If they lose, they will recognise another game is around the corner as it normally is for a club like Celtic and they have a Cup Final to deal with.
“We are not expecting anything other than a tough opponent on Sunday, but they should expect something similar from us.”
McInnes added: “There’s nothing like a Cup Final to get players out of the treatment room.
“We have got players in good form, we are winning games and are in a good place going to Hampden.
“The last couple of performances have been good with two tough away matches against teams in form in Partick Thistle and Inverness.
“We managed to deal with both of them, we’re scoring goals and playing well as individuals and as a team.
“We’re in form, but whether that is an advantage, then we’ll see. However, it doesn’t do us any harm.”