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McINNES TARGETS HAT-TRICK

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DEREK McINNES is looking for Aberdeen’s third successive victory over Rangers when they battle for second place in the Premiership at Pittodrie tomorrow night.

The Dons boss has already seen his side claim a late leveller in the 1-1 home draw against Steven Gerrard’s outfit in the opening-day fixture in August.

However, McInnes’ men triumphed 1-0 in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden when Lewis Ferguson powered in a dramatic header.

And they emulated that scoreline in the Premiership when Scott McKenna crashed in the winner early in the confrontation that saw Alfredo Morelos sent off for an off-the-ball swipe at Dons skipper Graeme Shinnie.

The Pittodrie men go into the game two points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s side and eight points behind champions Celtic.

HAMPDEN MATCHWINNER…Dons’ Lewis Ferguson celebrates his late header. Pic: Geo.

McInnes said: “When you play teams in and around you at any stage in the season and in particular when there are 14 games to go, there is a benefit to it.

“It is an opportunity to do a bit of damage to these teams and Rangers will see it exactly the same.

“We have spoken often enough about just knuckling down and trying to win key games between now and the business end of the season.

“Obviously, Rangers have made reinforcements and have such a strong squad and some good players.

“We will need to make sure we deliver a performance that gives us a chance to win because the intention to take all three points will be there.”

McInnes is hopeful keeper Joe Lewis and striker Sam Cosgrove will recover in time after both were taken off injured in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Hibs.

Lewis suffered a gash on his head after colliding with the post while Cosgrove’s back went into spasm.

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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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