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McINNES WELCOMES OLD FIRM CHALLENGE

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DEREK McINNES admits it will not be Missions Impossible as Aberdeen take on Celtic and Rangers in Glasgow within three days.

The Dons face the champions at Parkhead in the Premiership tomorrow afternoon with 60,000 fans guaranteed to give Neil Lennon a rousing second homecoming.

And the Pittodrie men head for Ibrox on Tuesday evening for their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Steven Gerrard’s outfit with a last-four game against the Hoops awaiting the winner.

McInnes, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We understand the task ahead of us. They are difficult games and difficult challenges to overcome, but it’s also exciting.

“We see them both as major opportunities to go and show we’re a good side and that we can compete against teams with good players.

“These are the type of games that you want to be involved in, meaningful games.

 

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“We’re going to have to do it in Glasgow which is always traditionally very difficult to do.

“We’ve shown this season already and last season when we won at Celtic Park to finish second, that we can manage to get the result.

“The evidence is there, along with the strong away form, that we can go into both these games with the belief we can get the desired results.”

McInnes will lead his side to the east end of Glasgow with the home side on a high after two excellent wins over Hearts and Hibs in Edinburgh as interim gaffer Lennon has hit the ground running after taking over from Brendan Rodgers last week.

The Dons lost at the venue 1-0 earlier in the campaign when Scott Sinclair scored with a neat back-heel and a strike from Ryan Christie was good enough to give the holders an identical triumph in the Betfred League Cup Final in December.

However, the Pittodrie players have enjoyed a double success in Glasgow against Gers with Lewis Ferguson scoring a late winner in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden and Scott McKenna thundering in the only goal of an explosive Premiership encounter in Govan where Alfredo Morelos was red-carded yet again.

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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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