Aberdeen winger Connor McLennan certainly sounds confident ahead of his team’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic on Sunday.
“We’ve been to Hampden, we’re an experienced side, and we know what we have to do to get the win” he said, as reported by the Evening Express.
“Hopefully we can rest up this week and go in with high confidence.”
Those comments are exactly the right attitude for the Dons to have going into the game. They are huge underdogs, and most people will expect them to lose.
But they are right to have confidence in their ability as a team. After all, they did knock Rangers out at Ibrox in the cup quarter-final.
McLennan scored for the Dons that night in the 2-0 win which booked Aberdeen’s place in the semi-final, so he knows what he is talking about.
The tone of the game could be set by who scores the first goal. When Aberdeen took the lead against Rangers in the quarter-final, Rangers had few answers to Aberdeen’s stubborn defending.
The same thing could happen should the Dons take the lead at Hampden.
Aberdeen’s defending can be excellent at times, and Derek McInnes would no doubt back his players to hold on to the lead.
McLennan’s words could well be a war cry for the Dons going forward. Now it is up to the players to do their business on the pitch.