Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has demanded a response from his players to the recent Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Celtic.
The defeat ended the Dons’ hopes of winning a trophy this season. But McInnes still expects his squad to perform, starting with Saturday’s clash against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
“I have reminded all the players that we have five games left and it is important that we have a full responsibility now of achieving our goal of getting that European football and getting that third spot” he told the Aberdeen Evening Express.
“We have work to do.”
McInnes knows that his team, and the club’s supporters must be on the floor after the 3-0 loss to Celtic. The nature of the loss, with two red cards, was a very bad day for the club.
However, it is his job to win games, and the Dons’ next match is about as big as it gets for them this season.
If Aberdeen are to achieve McInnes’ goal of finishing third, they really must defeat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park this Saturday.
A win would take them three points clear in the battle for third place. A defeat would leave the Dons three points behind, and in need of favours.
With such a big game ahead, McInnes is correct to rally his side. Only time will tell if this gamble pays off.