‘Celtic star could play in the English Premiership with no problem,’ McInnes

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ABERDEEN manager Derek McInnes has pinpointed the danger man for his side in the Betfred Cup Final on Sunday.

McInnes could probably have selected half a dozen Celtic player likely to cause his team problems, if you look back over the previous meetings between his team and the Celtic sides managed by Brendan Rodgers.

Other than a Dons win at the tail end of last season in the league, when Celtic minds were on the Scottish Cup Final the next week, it has been all one way traffic for Rodgers and his Celtic stars.

A few players who have done well against the Dons have gone – Dembele, Armstrong and Roberts but there are plenty of others still at Celtic capable of hitting McInnes’ side where it hurts – in the back of the net.

Edouard and Griffiths – the goalscorer are the obvious threats and in midfield no-one needs to explain to Derek McInnes just how good Ryan Christie is. Scotty Sinclair is back on form and bang in the goals – none as important as the one he got last night in Norway – and Tom Rogic has broken Aberdeen hearts on quite a few occasions, most memorably in the last minute of the Scottish Cup Final in May 2017.

But the player that McInnes has identified as his biggest worry is James Forrest, and the Aberdeen manager was delighted for the Celtic wide-man when he turned on the style in his last outing at Hampden when he scored a sensational hat-trick for the national side.

“I think with any big result there are normally key players behind that,” McInnes said to the media while looking back on that 3-2 win for Scotland over Israel.

“Forrest was obviously the one who topped off a fantastic performance for Scotland with his goals.

“To not score in 24 internationals and then score five goals in two games is incredible.

“Forrest will be feeling really good about himself and rightly so.

“He has always been a player who has threatened to make the difference and over the last number of years he has found consistency. He could play in the English Premiership with no problem.”

Sky pundit Kris Commons will be spitting out his cornflakes reading that! And as mentioned earlier, McInnes is a big fan of another Celtic Star. Ryan Christie had two loan spells at Aberdeen and McInnes referred to him as being his best player last season. He doesn’t need anyone to tell him about the damage that Christie can inflict on opposing sides.

“It was always going to be a tough challenge for Ryan to go and establish himself at Celtic.

“But he has been given the opportunity there and has really kicked on.

“His performance for Scotland against Albania was right up there,” McInnes said.

Try David Potter’s League Cup Quiz and see how you get on…

Welcome to your League Cup Quiz


Celtic won the League Cup for the first time in 1956. Who did they beat in the in the Final Replay?


Celtic retained the trophy in 1957, beating Rangers 7-1 in the Final. What was the score at half-time?


Which Celtic player scored two penalties to give Celtic a 2-1 win over Rangers in the 1965 League Cup Final?


Celtic won the League Cup in October 1966, beating Rangers by 1-0 in the Final.  Which Celtic defender was the hero that day for pulling off a remarkable goal-line clearance to ensure the Cup was won?


Celtic played Dundee in the League Cup Final in October 1967, before boarding a plane to fly to Argentina. The Final had 8 goals and was regarded as one of the best ever Finals. What was the final score?


Which of these goalscorers became only the second player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup Final for Celtic (the first was Billy McPhail in 1957 in the 7-1 game), when Celtic defeated Hibs by 6-2 in the delayed final played in April 1969? (There had been a fire at Hampden, thus the delay).


Which Celtic player scored a diving header to beat Rangers in an earlier round then was sensationally dropped by Jock Stein for the Final against St Johnstone in 1969?


Celtic's 8th League Cup Final win came in October 1974 with a 6-3 win over Hibs. Dixie Deans became the third Celtic player to score a hat-trick in the Final,  and Jimmy Johnstone and Paul Wilson both scored. Which Celtic player scored the other goal in this final?


Celtic's next victory in the League Cup came in 1982 when goals from Nicholas and MacLeod gave Celtic a 2-1 over Rangers. In which month was the Final played?


Which Celtic player did NOT score in the 3-0 League Cup Final win at Ibrox over Dundee United on St Andrews Day in 1997?


Name the Celtic manager for the the Scottish League Cup win of March 2000 over Aberdeen?


Henrik Larsson scored a hat-trick for ten man Celtic in the Final against Kilmarnock in March 2002. Which Celtic player was sent off by Hugh Dallas in this final?


The 2006 League Cup Final win over Dunfermline was the first trophy win for Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager and also gave Dion Dublin the only medal of his career. Which Celtic legend was honoured at this game?


The League Cup Final against Rangers in March 2009 finished goalless after 90 minutes before Darren O'Dea gave Celtic the lead. Who scored a penalty with the last kick of the ball to make the final score Celtic 2 Rangers 0?


Which Celtic player missed a penalty in the League Cup Final win over Dundee in March 2015?


In the Invincible season, which Celtic star did not score in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the League Cup Final?


Celtic defeated Motherwell by 2-0 in last season's League Cup Final. Who was the referee that day?

Also on The Celtic Star…

‘Beware The Serpent of Complacency,’ David Potter on Sunday’s Cup Final…See HERE.

‘Inch Perfect,’ Scotty Sinclair’s Forrest praise…See HERE.

‘The Salzburg game will be a fantastic demonstration of what the Celtic support is about,’ Brendan…See HERE.

Celtic’s League Cup Wins, No.13: Dion Dublin’s one and only medal…See HERE.

Jim Craig – 3-0 to Celtic and the fans went wild with delight…See HERE.

‘Victory in Europe: A Celebration has been Reported,’ David Potter…See HERE.

Rosenborg 0-1 Celtic: Video, This is the Day, This is the Day that we Win Away…See HERE.


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