Scottish Cup

Aberdeen in search of elusive cup success

Derek McInnes, sent off against Celtic

Derek McInnes: important to find a performance (pic: SNS Group)

Aberdeen v Celtic
Hampden Park 2.30pm

Aberdeen go into today’s Scottish Cup semi final hoping to go one step further than last weekend’s draw against Celtic and book another chance to end one of the longest droughts in the competition.

Of the current top-flight teams to have lifted football’s oldest trophy only St Mirren have failed to win it again for a longer spell. In Aberdeen’s case, it was 1990 when they last tasted success.

Among their list of failed campaigns was a 4-3 defeat to First Division side Queen of the South in the 2008 semi-final. In 2014 they were beaten 2-1 at the same stage by St Johnstone who had been unable to score against them in their league meetings that season.

Dons manager Derek McInnes said: “We’ve only won the Scottish Cup seven times as a club, and four of those were more or less in consecutive years in the early to mid eighties. That was a period outwith the norm.

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