Derek McInnes raves about Aberdeen star after Rangers cup win

GLASGOW SCOTLAND- FEBRUARY 27 Jermain Defoe of Rangers is congratulated by James Tavernier after he scores the fourth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium

Having firmly established that facing Rangers in Glasgow no longer holds any fears, Niall McGinn believes Aberdeen are now ready to end their long barren run against Celtic at Hampden.

CELTIC and Aberdeen will go head to head next month in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden.

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The Dons made it to the last four after a magnificent 2-0 win over Rangers in their quarter-final replay at Ibrox last night.

"Anything can happen in semi-finals and finals and we've had chances to beat Celtic at Hampden before", said McGinn.

"We've got no complaints, they deserved it".

"Hopefully, we've got enough depth when the semi-final comes round to get into a final".

"All we can do is focus on ourselves and try and win football matches and then we go from there".

After the Dons put Steven Gerrard's men out of the competition this week, they have their eyes on the prize and want to get some revenge on Celtic who have beaten them three times in three separate cup finals over the last three years.

GLASGOW SCOTLAND- FEBRUARY 27 Jermain Defoe of Rangers controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium

Club Historian David Mason will pay a personal tribute to Mr Caldow, while we have searched back through the archives to reproduce previous interviews with a true Ibrox legend.

At Ibrox, Aberdeen were resolute in defence and ruthless in attack, earning a 2-0 victory courtesy of Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan goals in either half.

"Even in the last few years, though, that fear factor hasn't been there against Rangers in Glasgow".

"It's a sore one for them but for us it was a case of trying to take on a good team in a certain way".

McInnes fielded three teenagers in midfield in Lewis Ferguson, McLennan and Dean Campbell, making his first start at 17.

"For those young lads, and also Max Lowe and Dom Ball, to play like that in front of a packed house at Ibrox is a great learning curve for them", said the Northern
Ireland worldwide. They will always remember nights like Tuesday and take confidence from that.

"I've put this squad together and I've picked the team and tactics, so I'll take full responsibility for it". I managed to read the pass [Glen Kamara made for Rangers] and took it well. To see out the game with a second goal was a bit of a cushion.

"The fact we're going back there for the third time this season - I feel my players are used to the surroundings, regardless of the opponent".

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