JONNY HAYES reckons an Aberdeen win at Ibrox this afternoon – their first in Govan for 25 years – would help ease the pain of the 3-0 Betfred League Cup mauling from Celtic.
The Republic of Ireland winger said: “The blame lies solely with how we started the game at Hampoden.
“The preparation was perfect, the chairman looked after us at St Andrews for the few days before and everything was done right until 3pm.
“It’s hard to get away from the fact we lost the Cup Final. We didn’t play as well as I know we can do. Nobody really knows why.
“We knew we had to play well to beat a good Celtic team, but it was one of those days where it just didn’t happen for us.
“We came back in on Tuesday and the manager has done a good job of lifting the spirits and now we have changed our focus completely.
“It’s good that the focus has switched to the Rangers game and there has been a buzz about the city this week and people are talking about it already.
“It’s easier for the players than the supporters to put the Final behind us as we have another game to focus on and the Rangers game is one everyone is looking forward to.”