Strap your­selves in for a feast of foot­ball, says McKin­non

The Herald - Sport - - LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINALS - MARK GUIDI

RAY McKIN­NON reck­ons to­mor­row’s League Cup semi-fi­nal be­tween his two for­mer clubs, Dundee United and Aberdeen, will pro­vide the most ex­cit­ing 90 min­utes of the sea­son.

The Brechin City boss still keeps a close eye on both sides and has to­tal ad­mi­ra­tion for the way Jackie McNa­mara and Derek McInnes en­cour­age their play­ers to play the game in the right man­ner.

That’s why he thinks ev­ery­one at Ham­p­den is in for a treat and said: “When you throw ev­ery­thing into the mix, this game has all the in­gre­di­ents to be an ab­so­lute cracker.

“In terms of foot­ball, it could be a clas­sic. The fans must be re­ally look­ing for­ward to it and so they should be. One thing I’m cer­tain about is that it will not be a 0-0. There will be plenty of goals.

“It’s a one-off cup tie and the chance to take one step closer to win­ning a piece of sil­ver­ware. Aberdeen are the hold­ers and want to keep a grip of the Cup and Dundee United will still be look­ing to make amends for los­ing the Scot­tish Cup Fi­nal last sea­son.

“Derek McInnes and his staff get the best out of their play­ers. They have nur­tured their young­sters very well and it’s great to see Cammy Smith, Ryan Jack, Peter Pawlett and Lawrence Shank­land do­ing so well. They all have the abil­ity and men­tal­ity to light up any game on any oc­ca­sion.

“Derek has made sure they’ve built from a solid foun­da­tion and they pride them­selves on clean sheets.

“But they’ll do well not to con­cede on Satur­day be­cause Dundee United play an open and ex­pan­sive game. They have great pace in the fi­nal third and the counter-at­tack­ing foot­ball they play is ex­cel­lent.

“With the likes of Stu­art Arm­strong and Nadir Ciftci in the team they will feel con­fi­dent of pos­ing a real threat on the day.

“They also have a few re­ally good young­sters and credit to Jackie and his staff for the way Ai­den Con­nolly and Char­lie Telfer have pro­gressed. Again, I’m sure nei­ther lad would be fazed by the big oc­ca­sion.

“The qual­ity of play­ers on both sides makes it re­ally dif­fi­cult to pre­dict a win­ner. I re­ally can’t call it, it’s so close.”

WATCH­ING ON WITH GLEE: Ray McKin­non ex­pects a Ham­p­den clas­sic.

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