ABERDEEN are determined Stranraer feel the backlash of their Betfred League Cup Final loss when the Scottish Cup fourth round tie is played at Pittodrie this afternoon.
The 3-0 hammering from Celtic at Hampden in November still pains Derek McInnes’ players.
And they have now set their sights on returning to the national stadium for the Scottish Cup silverware showdown in May.
Goalkeeper Joe Lewis said: “Getting to the Betfred League Cup Final was a decent achievement, but then came probably our worst performance of the season, albeit against a good team.

“We knew to beat them we had to be at our best with everyone playing close to the best of their abilities – but that didn’t happen.

“I can only speak for myself, but I’m very keen to get back to Hampden and I’m sure everyone else is, as well.

“There was a big build-up to the Final, so the game against Celtic was very disappointing, both in the result and performance.

“We are keen to get back there and put things right.


“In the Final against Celtic, we had a plan in place, but we didn’t execute it the way we wanted.

“That affected the way the next couple of weeks went as it wasn’t a good result in our next game at Rangers.

“But with the character the players have, we’ve managed to put that right and now we’re on the back of three straight wins in the league before the break and we want to continue that.”

The Dons are overwhelming favourites to progress against a part-time team toiling at the foot of League One.

However, Lewis warned: “When I was at Cardiff in 2013, we were top of the Championship, but got knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Macclesfield.

“When I was at Morecambe in 2007, we beat Preston and Wolves in the Carling Cup.

“The key thing is we’ve got to prepare because Stranraer will be coming to Pittodrie right up for the match.

“But we approach every the game the same way, whether we are facing Celtic, Rangers, Stranraer or another team.”


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