Kenny has fi­nal fever

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors -

Cam­bus­lang man Kenny McLean is hop­ing to go one bet­ter af­ter help­ing Aberdeen reach their sec­ond ma­jor cup fi­nal of the sea­son.

McLean played on Satur­day as the Dons’s beat Scot­tish Cup hold­ers Hiber­nian at Ham­p­den to book their place in the show­piece match on May 27.

They will face Celtic who de­feated Old Firm ri­vals Rangers in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal.

The two sides met in the League Cup fi­nal ear­lier in the sea­son but Aberdeen lost 3-0 to the Park­head men who will be look­ing to com­plete a do­mes­tic tre­ble.

But McLean, 25, reck­ons the mem­ory of that day could spur his side on as they look to make a good sea­son a truly great one with the Pit­to­drie men also set to pip Rangers to sec­ond place in the league.

He said:“We know it was dis­ap­point­ing to lose the League Cup fi­nal, es­pe­cially in the man­ner we did. This is a chance to put things right.

“It has been an ex­cel­lent sea­son up un­til now and we have a chance to make it even bet­ter.

“We have al­ready been to one fi­nal and we are sit­ting in a good po­si­tion in the league.

“We have a chance to make it pretty spe­cial but that is down to us. We want to re­ally fin­ish it off in style.”

McLean and his team­mates had to see off a spir­ited come­back by Hibs on Satur­day.

Aberdeen took the lead af­ter only 12 sec­onds through Adam Rooney and dou­bled their lead through a Ryan Christie free-kick.

How­ever, Grant Holt gave the Edinburgh men a life­line be­fore half-time and Dy­lan McGeouch fired them level in the sec­ond half.

But Hayes’de­flected shot with just four min­utes left sent the Dons through to their first Scot­tish Cup fi­nal since 2000.

McLean said:“It’s the first fi­nal in a long time for the club – prob­a­bly too long for a club of this size.

“We knew how tough it would be. We got off to a per­fect start and then made it hard for our­selves.

“But we de­served to go through and we’re look­ing for­ward to the fi­nal.”

Cup for it Dons star Kenny McLean

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