JOE LEWIS is convinced Matty Kennedy and Curtis Main can fire Aberdeen to a third-place finish in the Premiership.

And the Dons keeper and captain reckons they can p[lay starring roles in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden on Sunday, April 12..

Kennedy, a January capture from St Johnstone, and Main, who joined from Motherwell in the summer, have come into Derek McInnes’ side and helped them on a run which has seen them unbeaten in seven away games.

Lewis, who was a stand-out in the Pittodrie outfit’s 2-2 draw at Kilmarnock in midweek, told the Scottish Sun: “Matty’s been different class since he’s come in.

“His attitude off the pitch is the same as it is on the pitch — it’s always positive. He’s a likeable lad and has been really good for us.

“Curtis has been different class, as well. He’s not got the goals in the last few games, but he’s led the line brilliantly.

“He’s back to being the player I remember playing against at Motherwell.

“I didn’t look forward to facing him then and I know the centre-halves didn’t, either. He is a real handful for his opponents.

“He’s been brilliant and we have a bit more to our attacking game with him around.”

Lewis added: “It is getting tight where we are in the table and we have a huge game against Hibs this weekend.

“It’s massive and they’ll look to bounce back from losing to Hearts, which they won’t have been pleased about.

“But we’ll aim to kick on from a good second-half at Kilmarnock.

“We were disappointed with the goals we lost at Rugby Park, but again we showed character to come back from it. We had opportunities to win the game and a draw was probably a fair result.”


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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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