ON Sunday, Aberdeen and Celtic fans will fill Hampden Park as their sides contest the first silverware on offer this season.
Off the back of being eliminated from Europe, thanks to the wizardry of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Brendan Rodgers men have to lift themselves for their first League Cup final in 16 years against the side hailing from the Granite City.
In that final, Vidar Riseth and Tommy Johnson scored either side of the half time whistle to take the trophy back from their Old Firm rivals Rangers.
Speaking exclusively in an interview with UWS Sports TV, BBC Sport Scotland broadcaster Rob Maclean believes that Aberdeen can avenge that loss and beat the Hoops this weekend, saying: “I think it is possible, they are not going to beat Celtic over the course of the season but in a one off they are capable of beating Celtic if they bring their A game.”
Kilmarnock centre-forward Kris Boyd, who was also asked for his thoughts conceded that the Dons have more of a chance now that winger Scott Sinclair will be absent through injury.
Boyd stressed: “He’s been a big focal point for everything Celtic have been doing this season.”
The Englishman’s absence along with the sidelined Keiran Tierney makes that left flank look much weaker than it was when the Bhoys got a draw against Manchester City last month.
This news will only enhance Derek McInnes’ belief of lifting the trophy for the second time as a manager and Boyd thinks that this is Aberdeen’s best chance of silverware, stating: “If they can keep it as tight as they possibly can and with their forward players that they have got they will have an opportunity to score.”
With supporter split down the middle, Maclean believes it will be a great atmosphere and the Dandies may just replicate the scenes of two years ago when they defeated Inverness Caledonian Thistle on penalties at Celtic Park for their first cup in 18 years.