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Play League Cup final in Glasgow, says McInnes

Derek McInnes celebrates after Aberdeen 's 4-0 win. Picture: SNS

Derek McInnes celebrates after Aberdeen 's 4-0 win. Picture: SNS

ABERDEEN manager Derek McInnes has called for the League Cup final to be played in Glasgow.

With Hampden being redeveloped for the Commonwealth Games, the Scottish Professional Football League has a decision to make over the venue for Aberdeen’s March 16 clash with Inverness.

Easter Road, which has a capacity of 20,421, has been put forward by some as a potential arena for the clash but McInnes does not believe it is big enough to accommodate the Dons’ support.

McInnes thinks it should be played at Ibrox, which holds more than 50,000 or Celtic Park, which can host an extra 10,000.

“It would probably have to be Glasgow to cope with the size of the crowd,” he told BBC Radio Scotland. “I don’t think anywhere else would be able to cope with it. Either Ibrox or Parkhead would do me fine. It doesn’t bother me.

“Whatever ground it is, hopefully it will be full of Aberdeen fans getting behind their team.”

Despite being careful to shield his players from the hype, McInnes has been heartened by the excited reaction in the Granite City to his team’s 4-0 semi-final win over St Johnstone.

“It’s good to have that,” he said. “When we came in we wanted to try to make people fall in love with the club again and not just go out of duty or because their fathers used to take them.

“We wanted them to look forward to coming to watch the team and we feel we are making inroads on that.

“Although we can’t win every game, they recognise that the players are doing all they can for them and representing them at every turn.”

 

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