Andy Considine has only won the League Cup during his lengthy Aberdeen stay- and Derek McInnes reckons he deserves at least one more honour.
The Dons stalwart was the hero yet again during a midweek Scottish Cup Fifth Round replay tie away to Kilmarnock. As McInnes’ side looked to be going out 1-0, the defender stepped up to head the game into extra time.
What panned out after that was nothing short of remarkable. Five goals were scored in the 30 extra minutes but again Aberdeen found themselves trailing after Nicke Kabamba’s effort three minutes from time. Sam Cosgrove went straight up the other end to score a penalty before another Considine strike found its way into the net, albeit off Connor Johnson.
It was another moment in which he has stepped forward for the club he’s made over 500 appearances with and made 65 goal contributions from defence. Speaking after the Rugby Park match, McInnes has praised the 32-year-old, insisting he deserves more than the solitary League Cup.
“I’ve got pride in the players’ tenacity to keep going, they never gave up,” said McInnes. “There are different ways to win – tactically, big moments individually or with guts.
“I had my five penalty takers ready then Considine ran down the line like Ryan Giggs. Time is against him to lift another trophy but if someone deserves a second he does. Their big defender couldn’t sort his feet out and it’s a big break for us.
“It was no more than we deserved. You see 1,200 supporters celebrate with the players and we’ve needed that connection. It’s like we’ve lit a fire under our season. We’ve scored plenty of goals and it’s getting back to the standard I expect.
“It’s such an important and brilliant night for us. It’s harsh on Kilmarnock. We looked fit and had lots of energy at the end. There will be tired bodies but we’re still in the cup. We’ve taken a bit of a kicking at times but hopefully the narrative is how resilient we were.”