McInnes wants Dons to warm up for Kilmarnock cup clash by turning on style in Premiership battles


Boss Derek McInnes today challenged the Dons to go into their Scottish Cup quarter-final on a high by flying in the Premiership race.

Aberdeen host Kilmarnock on the weekend of March 3 in the quarter-finals with a berth at Hampden up for grabs.

Before that last eight showdown the Reds have three games in a Premiership race where they are just eight points behind leaders and defending champions Celtic.

Crucially one of those games is against Celtic, at Pittodrie on Sunday, February 25.

The Reds have romped into the quarters with comfortable wins over Dundee United (4-2) and St Mirren (4-1) and McInnes is determined to keep that momentum going.

He said: “The cup run is something that we can hopefully use towards our league form.

“We have a few league games now before the tie against Kilmarnock and hopefully we can bring that level of performance knowing the cup game is waiting for us.”

McInnes is well aware a successful cup run can yield financial benefits for the Dons.

However, he is more concerned with delivering the club’s first Scottish Cup triumph since 1990 after coming so close last season in losing the final 2-1 to Celtic after an injury-time goal.

McInnes said: “There is nothing like a really good cup run for loads of reasons. There is the opportunity to build momentum, build confidence and there is also the financial part.

“But importantly it is the chance to bring success our way. There is a natural appeal to do well in the Scottish Cup and hopefully we can have a really good campaign.”

Before the quarter-final tie against in-form Kilmarnock, McInnes’ Reds face a tasty treble of Premiership clashes against Hibs (a), Celtic (h) and Motherwell (a).

This time last season the gap on Celtic was 24 points – now it is only eight.

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