McInnes: Players keen on Cup win

Derek McInnes believes victory for Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final could give his players a greater thirst for success.

Last Updated: 15/03/14 at 16:06 Post Comment

McInnes: Trying to mastermind some Cup success for Aberdeen

McInnes: Trying to mastermind some Cup success for Aberdeen

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Derek McInnes believes victory for Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final against Inverness on Sunday could give his players a greater thirst for success.

The Dons will be backed by around 40,000 fans at Celtic Park as they look to bring silverware back to Pittodrie for the first time since 1995.

The William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone at Ibrox next month offers the possibility of a memorable cup double this season.

However, while McInnes - who, along with assistant Tony Docherty, signed a two-year contract extension until the summer of 2017 this week - is not looking past Caley, he knows just how important the club's first piece of silverware in 19 years could be to his players.

The former St Johnstone and Bristol City boss, 42, said: "I don't think it is more likely (they will win the Scottish Cup) if we win on Sunday, but I don't think it will do any harm.

"There is nothing better than that taste of success.

"It should be like a drug to players. Winning games should be like that and if there is a prize at the end of it, a trophy, then I don't think it would do us any harm going forward because once they have experienced it, they will want it again as quickly as possible.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but if we can win the trophy there will be huge celebration across the board, myself and the players included.

"We realise how many people want this, the numbers coming to watch us will suggest that.

"But the most pleasing thing for me will be how rewarding a win will be for the players, because I see them every day and how much they want it."

McInnes admits things could hardly have gone any better for him and Docherty in their first year in the job.

They officially took charge of the team last April after Craig Brown moved into the boardroom, and the former Rangers and Dundee United midfielder believes those final games in the league campaign allowed him to get his plans in place for this season.

"At this juncture I don't think things could have gone much better to be honest," he said.

"We are delighted with the response we are getting from the players and delighted that the players we signed have connected well with the players who were there when we came in.

"I think it was important that we had that period before the end of last season to make those calls of who was staying and who wasn't.

"When they all came back in the summer, they all knew - even those who weren't my signings - that they were my players, they were there because I wanted them there and so that period was important.

"I am delighted with what we have got up until now, but as I said before, the season still has a bit to go and we still have it all to do."


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