Aberdeen star Niall McGinn has admitted that the recent 4-2 defeat to Rangers left Derek McInnes’ side desperate to beat Queen of the South and book their place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

McGinn told the Daily Record that with games coming “thick and fast” a run of wins is “nice” for their momentum going into a crucial run of fixtures.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Niall McGinn of Aberdeen opens the scoring during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Aberdeen and Queen of The South at Pittodrie Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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The Dons eased past the Championship side and will face either Rangers or Kilmarnock in the next round.

“There is always motivation. Being at a big club the next game is the most important one and the matches have been coming thick and fast,” McGinn said.

“Winning games is nice for momentum and when you lose you want to get out and win the next one. Thankfully we did and are in the next round of the cup.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Dedryck Boyata of Celtic and Niall McGinn of Aberdeen battle for the ball during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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McGinn came off the bench in the win over QotS to score one and set up two more as they secured a 4-1 win at Pittodrie.

After losing to Steven Gerrard’s side in midweek, the Dons face struggling St. Mirren this weekend.

ARBROATH, SCOTLAND - JULY 04: Niall McGinn of Aberdeen in action during the Pre-Season Friendly between Falkirk and Aberdeen at Gayfield Park on July 4, 2018 in Arbroath, Scotland.

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Picking up three points will be massive for McInnes’ side if they are to keep on the tails of Rangers and Kilmarnock.

With a comprehensive win over the Doonhamers in the bag, there can be little excuse if the Dons somehow lose ground in the league.

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