ABERDEEN’S Niall McGinn has revealed that part of the reason he made a sensational return to Aberdeen was the draw of winning the Scottish Cup.

A League Cup winner in 2014, the Dons were beaten in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup by Celtic last season but McGinn believes that this year can be different.

“It would be massive to finally lift the Scottish Cup with Aberdeen.

“We’ve already won the League Cup so that is the one we really want. We have been very close to that in the past and felt we had one hand on the trophy last season but it wasn’t to be.”

Aberdeen face the visit of Jack Ross’ high flying St Mirren at Pittodrie as they look to begin their journey to Hampden.

“It is a competition that is very difficult to win as every round is tough and St Mirren will certainly be no different in that respect.

“But we know on our day we are capable of beating anyone and I am really looking forward to the tie when it comes around.

“Hopefully I can hit the ground running in that. Being realistic I can do all the training I want but it will take a few games to get right up to speed.”

McGinn and his teammates will fly out to Dubai in order to complete a warm-weather camp before returning ahead of the clash with the Buddies.


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