Aberdeen League Cup winner Duncan Shearer has commented on the battle between Sam Cosgrove and Christopher Jullien ahead of the upcoming Dons v Celtic match.
Shearer made over 150 appearances for the Dons and was formerly their assistant manager. He helped them to League Cup glory back in 1995, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Dundee.
The former striker believes that the battle between Cosgrove and Jullien will be a tantalising one.
He told the Scottish Sun: “Big Sam Cosgrove is a real handful, and I definitely wouldn’t fancy being a centre-half trying to mark him. Sunday’s game against Celtic is shaping up to be a cracker, and Cosgrove looks bang in the mood for it.
“He can take plenty of heart from that, even more so because I think Cosgrove is a better striker than Dykes. Jullien’s looked the part for most of the season, but that day at Livingston he had a nightmare.
“Celtic won’t look forward to marking him on Sunday.”
Cosgrove should be confident ahead of Celtic clash
The Dons will be underdogs against Celtic this weekend, but with Cosgrove in the team, anything can happen.
In the 11 games he’s scored in this season, Aberdeen have yet to lose. That’s a great statistic for Cosgrove, who has netted 15 goals in 16 games, although it highlights how reliant Derek McInnes’ side are on the big forward.
His opponent will likely be Jullien come Sunday. The Frenchman struggled against the physical Dykes against Livingston a few weeks ago, a player similar in playing style to Cosgrove.
What the Dons forward has over Dykes is a clinical edge. Jullien really struggled with the physical battle in West Lothian, so it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with the relentless Cosgrove.
Aberdeen’s hitman should take great confidence into Sunday’s clash.