Derek McInnes wants to ‘create an era’ at Aberdeen

A delighted Derek McInnes challenged his Aberdeen players to “create an era” and, following their victory over Morton, go on and win the Betfred Cup.

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Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes takes on Michael Doyle of Morton in Saturday's League Cup semi-final at Hampden.  Picture: Getty/Michael Steele

Five things we learned from Morton 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Craig Cairns and Craig Fowler give their take on the first of the Betfred Cup semi-finals.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, left, celebrates his side's victory over Morton at Hampden Park.  Picture: Getty/Michael Steele

Aberdeen reach their first Hampden final in 16 years

What is it with Aberdeen and Hampden Park? They took the League Cup back to Pittodrie in 2014 but with the National Stadium under construction, their convincing victory in the semi-final over St Johnstone came at Tynecastle while their penalty shootout win versus Inverness took place at Celtic Park. Before today, Aberdeen had failed to secure a positive result at Hampden since their Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hibernian in 2000.

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Aberdeen's Adam Rooney celebrates after opening the scoring versus Mortom at Hampden Park. Picture: SNS/Alan harvey

Morton 0 - 2 Aberdeen: Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean on target

Aberdeen are through to their 14th League Cup final – but they had to battle all the way against a plucky Morton side at a two-thirds-empty Hampden.

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Aberdeen's Ryan Jack has recovered from a knee injury and is in line to face Morton in Saturday's League Cup semi-final. Picture: SNS

Ryan Jack desperate to end Aberdeen’s Hampden hoodoo

Ryan Jack returns to action in today’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Morton at a 
venue where the Aberdeen captain has suffered more pain than the knee surgery that kept him sidelined these past two months.

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Jim Duffy is in confident mood after his team beat Queen of the South 5-0 last weekend. Picture: Michael Gillen

Defensive dilemma for Duffy

Morton manager Jim Duffy has admitted that he will have to take a risk with his team selection against Aberdeen in their Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden today by playing at least one defender who is not fully fit.

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Jai Quitongo: Homesick. Picture: SNS

Derek McInnes hopes Jai Quitongo won’t come back to haunt him

Derek McInnes was disappointed Jai Quitongo could not make himself at home at Aberdeen.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he has no problem with BT Sport. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Warburton denies BT Sport rift | Mönchengladbach poke fun at Glasgow pub | Old Firm quit plan

Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists he has no personal issue with BT Sport, Borussia Mönchengladbach win on the park and on social media, and Henrik Larsson’s agent reveals a 17-year-old plan for the Old Firm to quit Scottish football.

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Built on the Clyde: Derek McInnes, right, playing for Morton against St Johnstone in 1988, aged 17. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes says he was made in Morton

Derek McInnes experienced European football with Rangers, captained West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership and was capped twice for Scotland during two decades as a professional footballer but it’s the eight and a half years spent at Morton that has had the most profound impact on his career.

Morton's Ross Forbes was on target in Dumfries. Picture: SNS

Queen of South 0 - 5 Morton: League leaders left stunned

Morton sent out a powerful warning message to Aberdeen that they may not get things their own way at Hampden next Saturday when the sides meet in their Betfred Cup semi-final by thrashing Championship leaders Queen of the South 5-0 at Palmerston.

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Morton’s Jim Duffy puts faith in young players against Dons

Morton manager Jim Duffy reckons that despite intense preparations for their Betfred Cup semi-final with Aberdeen next Saturday at Hampden, he is not sure how his players, including the much-talked-about Jai Quitongo, will do against the Dons.

Celtic and Scotland star Kieran Tierney is a wanted man. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: Arsenal and Man City eye Tierney | England want Karamoko Dembele | Barton’s Qatar boot camp

Arsenal and Manchester City wish to pry Celtic left back Kieran Tierney away from Parkhead, England are planning to swoop for 13-year-old Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembele, and Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been taken unusual measures to keep his fitness up.

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Dundee United's Tony Andreu (second left) celebrates scoring the opening goal. Picture: Kenny Smith/SNS

Tony Andreu at the double for Dundee United

Tony Andreu, Dundee United’s two-goal hero, admitted scoring means far less to him than securing promotion back to the Premiership.

Aberdeen's Adam Rooney and Joe Lewis congratulate each other at full-time following the 1-0 quarter-final win against St Johnstone. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen criticise SPFL over cup semi venue

Aberdeen have hit out at the SPFL over its scheduling of the Dons’ Betfred Cup semi-final against Morton.

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Celtic's Moussa Dembele and James Forest scored in the quarter-final win over Alloa. Picture: SNS

Date set for Rangers v Celtic Betfred Cup semi-final

Dates and venues have been announced for the Betfred Cup semi-finals.

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Scott Sinclair scores for Celtic in their recent clash with Rangers. Picture: John Devlin.

Rangers and Celtic paired in Betfred Cup semi-final

Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers will face each other for a place in the final of the Betfred Cup.

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Morton's Jai Quitongo celebrated opens the scoring against Dundee United in the League Cup quarter-final. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Morton 2 - 1 Dundee United: Greenock side through to semis

Morton reached their first major semi-final in 35 years with a hard-fought 2-1 Betfred Cup win over fellow Championship side Dundee United at Cappielow.

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Dundee United manager Ray MacKinnon urges fringe players to step up amid injury crisis. Picture: SNS

Ray McKinnon wants fringe players to prove worth

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon has urged his squad to brush off a series of weekend setbacks and prove they have the strength in depth to reach Hampden.

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Gavin Gunning's Dundee United career ended shortly after he walked off the field with the ball in his hand, play still going on. Picture: SNS

Gavin Gunning takes his ball to Greenock Morton

Greenock Morton have signed centre back Gavin Gunning - last seen in Scottish football picking up the ball and walking directly off the park.

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Former Hibs midfielder Paul Cairney was on target for Ayr against Morton. Picture: Johnston Press

Ayr United 2 - 1 Morton: Ayr grab their first win of season

Ayr United celebrated their first three points of the season thanks to second-half goals from Paul Cairney and Alan Forrest.

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