ON-LOAN midfielder James Maddison insists Aberdeen will not be thinking of the Betfred League Cup Final against Celtic a week tomorrow when they face Caley Thistle in Inverness this afternoon.
And the 19-year-old playmaker, on a temporary deal from Norwich City, has warned Richie Foran’s outfit they will be mistaken if they believe this is a good time to play the Dons.
Maddison’s only thought is to get three points and maintain second spot in the Premiership. He said: “Everyone inside the dressing room is just speaking about the Inverness game.
“Most managers will tell their players only look at the next game because if you start speaking about games further down the road you will lose your focus.
“We know we can’t do that any week at this level of football and especially up at Inverness because they are a side who will punish us if that is the case.
“Inverness are probably feeling this is a good time to play us with the Cup Final in mind next week. I can assure you everyone is focusing on three points and then we will move on.
“The players selected know they have to perform if they are to play in the Final. That is the case every week. Everyone needs to put in 100 per cent to keep their place in the team.”
Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes has a full squad from which to choose and Jayden Stockley, who scored the winner against Partick Thistle last time out, could start against the Highlanders,
Caley Thistle lost 3-0 at Celtic Park before the international break, but that was their first defeat in nine Premiership outings. That sequence started with defender Brad McKay’s debut in a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie.
And the former Hearts and St Johnstone player said: “That was the start of a good run. It was a good point away from home considering the players they have.
“We’ve proved we can go toe-to-toe with the big boys. We’re the only team to take points off Celtic, we ran Rangers close and we should have beaten Hearts.
“We’ll go out and give them a game. “When I first arrived, the first two games were Aberdeen and Celtic. I know what they’re like and what to expect.
“We’ve both got genuine quality in the team and I think they’ll be fearing us as well.”