Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has insisted his side are “well aware” of how good Rangers striker is Alfredo Morelos – and admits that the Colombian will “expect” to score when the sides meet at Ibrox tonight.

The two sides clash in a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay and the Dons boss knows his side will need to be at their best to snuff out Morelos’ threat.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 22: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hearts at Pittodrie Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Morelos has had a difficult time against Aberdeen this season and McInnes will be hoping his defenders can keep him quiet.

“It’s like with all good players, he is a good player and we’re well aware of that,” McInnes told the Evening Express.

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“He expects to score when he goes on the pitch and is a strong competitor.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Derek McInnes manager of Aberdeen reacts during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“But with all Rangers’ good players we have to try to restrict their influence on the game.”

After drawing 1-1 in the last game, both sides will hope they can reach the last four.

With a semi-final clash against Celtic awaiting the winners, there is plenty at stake for both sides.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Alfredo Morales of Rangers is seen in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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McInnes’ side will be hoping for a Hampden return to try to gain some revenge on the Hoops after losing in the League Cup final earlier in the season.

If they can keep Morelos quiet then the Dons will have a great chance of making a return to the national stadium next month.

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