Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has revealed that Scott McKenna will captain the Dons in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.
Regular skipper Graeme Shinnie is suspended for the game. As a result, McInnes has disclosed that McKenna will be the man with the armband at Hampden.
“He is well thought of within the dressing room, and he is the right type of person” McInnes told the Evening Express.
“It could have been a number of people – but I feel Scott is a good option for me. He’s fine, it doesn’t phase him and I think that plays out in his performances.”
This is a smart move by McInnes. It is putting a lot of responsibility on McKenna’s shoulders. But he has showed in the past that he has been able to handle big occasions for the Dons.
McKenna’s battle with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard will be one of the defining battles of the game. If the Aberdeen centre-back is able to get the better of the battle, it would go a long way towards Aberdeen winning the game.
Graeme Shinnie will obviously be a big miss for the Dons in the game. But his leadership qualities can be replicated by McKenna. That is certainly what McInnes will be hoping for.