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WALLOPED BY WELL – BUT GMS CONFIDENT

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GARY MACKAY-STEVEN admitted his side’s 3-0 weekend mauling at Motherwell will act as a timely reminder for Aberdeen.

The Dons were blitzed at Fir Park in an embarrassing one-sided encounter – just a week before they face holders Celtic in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden on Sunday.

Mackay-Steven insisted: “It’s good as an eye-opener for what we can’t do and focus on what we need to eradicate in our game plan and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We’ll go down there with confidence and, if we stick to our game plan, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

The Scotland international winger’s former Parkhead club have won the last four Finals in the Scottish Cup and Betfred League Cup, with the Pittodrie outfit the losing finalists in both in the 2016/17 season.

But Mackay-Steven admitted the Dons are “comfortable as underdogs” heading to the national stadium at the weekend.

He said: “We played Hibs at Easter Road, where they were maybe slight favourites and then, against Rangers, we were probably the underdogs again.

“We came through them. It’s a Final – anything can happen.”

FINAL SAY…Gary Mackay-Steven hopes to star against former club Celtic. Pic: Geo.

Reflecting on the win over Steven Gerrard’s side when Lewis Ferguson claimed the game’s only goal, GMS added: “They had a lot of the ball, but we stuck to our game plan well, limited their chances to not many and took ours when it came along.

“Thankfully, we scored a goal at a good time and then we saw the game out.

“Celtic are certainly a good side, there’s no doubt about that. But we’ve got players who can hurt them.

“We’ll definitely be focusing on ourselves and, hopefully, find their weaknesses.”

Brendan Rodgers has had a 100 per cent in the domestic Cup competitions since taking over from Ronny Deila at the champions in May 2016.

He celebrated his first silverware success with the 3-0 League Cup Final triumph over Derek McInnes’ men on November 27 when goals from Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele (pen) made certain of the club’s 100th trophy in their history.

And Australian World Cup midfielder Rogic struck a stoppage-time goal to present Rodgers and the Hoops with the Scottish Cup on May 27 2017.

Ironically, GMS was a Celtic player at the time before his switch to Pittodrie at the start of last season.

Now he wants to savour a Hampden triumph in the colours of the Dons.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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