Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY RYAN CRYLE

GRAEME Shinnie is look­ing for­ward to re­new­ing his “fierce ri­valry” with Rangers’ Ryan Jack at Ham­p­den on Sun­day.

How­ever, the Dons skip­per says he and his ex-Pit­to­drie team-mate re­main firm friends off the pitch. Aberdeen meet Steven Ger­rard’s Gers in the last four of the Bet­fred Cup at the na­tional sta­dium, their sec­ond meet­ing of the sea­son after a Premier­ship open­ing 1-1 draw in the Gran­ite City. Derek McInnes’ men are hop­ing to con­tinue their quest for a first tro­phy since the 2013/14 cam­paign. Of the mid­field mae­stros’ reg­u­lar du­els, Shinnie said: “We’ve been at each other’s wed­dings in the last cou­ple of years and our wives and kids get on. “Be­cause of that, out of it (foot­ball) we’re friends, but on it it’s that fierce ri­valry and it’s like any other game.”

Aberdeen cap­tain Graeme Shinnie and, left, Rangers’ Ryan Jack

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