On-fire Sam sets sights on Celtic

Sam takes aim at Celts

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY SEAN WAL­LACE CHIEF FOOT­BALL WRITER

ABERDEEN goal hero Sam Cos­grove to­day warned Celtic he feels con­fi­dent of scor­ing ev­ery time he has the ball.

Striker Cos­grove will face the league lead­ers in the Box­ing Day show­down in red-hot form. The 22-year-old’s dou­ble in the 2-0 de­feat of Hearts took his tally to six goals in four games. The Premier­ship’s in-form striker’s goals have rock­eted the Dons to within three points of the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. Cos­grove aims to shoot down Celtic to de­liver a win that would move the Reds level on points with the Park­head side. He said: “It does feel now that ev­ery time I get the ball I can score. “I am mas­sively high on con­fi­dence and feel my game is in a good place. “Ob­vi­ously the goals help and add to the con­fi­dence. “Ev­ery­one in the squad is full of con­fi­dence at the mo­ment and play­ing well. “I think we only get bet­ter from here.” In the sides’ last meet­ing

Aberdeen lost 1-0 to Celtic in the Bet­fred Cup fi­nal at Ham­p­den on De­cem­ber 2. At that time the Dons were lan­guish­ing in the bot­tom six of the ta­ble. How­ever, Aberdeen have won the last four Premier­ship games, with Cos­grove scor­ing in each, to rocket up the Premier­ship stand­ings. Now the £20,000 Jan­uary sign­ing from Carlisle United is de­ter­mined to pile the pres­sure on the league lead­ers. He said: “We can go joint top. The games against Celtic don’t need any added in­cen­tive but look­ing at the ta­ble we are def­i­nitely look­ing to get those three points. “We have had four wins in a row so there is no rea­son why we can’t go and get five wins. “We have stormed up the league and an­other win will push us up even fur­ther. “Against Celtic we are mas­sively de­ter­mined to get an­other three points on the board. “All these games in quick suc­ces­sion meant we have been able to make a push up the league. “If you had asked us about the league a month ago our form was a bit in­con­sis­tent. We were in the bot­tom half at one point. “But the good thing about all these con­gested fix­tures is if you keep win­ning you can re­ally go up the ta­ble quickly.” Prior to the 3-2 de­feat of Liv­ingston, Dons boss Derek Mcinnes held talks with his strik­ers, wingers and at­tack­ing mid­field­ers. It was to ad­dress the Reds’ scor­ing prob­lem with just two goals net­ted in the pre­vi­ous five games. Mcinnes called for his strik­ers to step up to the mark and de­liver goals, or warned he would look to se­cure a goalscorer in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow. Cos­grove re­sponded by net­ting in the 3-2 de­feat of Liv­ingston and has net­ted in four straight games, de­liv­er­ing six goals in that run. He said: “We had a meet­ing about how we were go­ing to score goals a cou­ple of games ago. “Ev­ery­one in the fi­nal third of the pitch was in­volved in­clud­ing the strik­ers and wide play­ers. “All the for­wards. The im­por­tance of scor­ing goals was re­alised and the ser­vice has been great. “I al­ways knew I was ca­pa­ble of scor­ing and have been happy with my form. “One of the dif­fer­ences re­cently is that the de­liv­ery has been ex­cep­tional from the wide boys. “Ev­ery­one else is pitch­ing in and that is ex­actly what I want as a striker, the good balls to get on the end of. “It an­noys me when I don’t get on the end of crosses.” Pittodrie is set to be packed to ca­pac­ity for the Box­ing Day show­down and Cos­grove be­lieves the Red Army’s back­ing will be vi­tal. He said: “The crowd can play their part as they spur us on mas­sively. “As play­ers we have to step up to the mark and we will be mo­ti­vated for the game.” The Box­ing Day show­down with the Hoops will be Aberdeen’s eighth game this month. But Cos­grove in­sists there will be no fa­tigue. He said: “We have had games over a short pe­riod of time but when you keep win­ning it spurs you on.”

Aberdeen striker Sam Cos­grove cel­e­brates his dou­ble against Hearts in the league clash at Pittodrie

Pic­ture by Dar­rell Benns

Sam Cos­grove shoot­ing at goal

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