Cups still Aberdeen’s best chance of success, says McInnes

Aberdeen’s best chance of success this season is to win a cup, according to manager Derek McInnes.

The Dons currently sit five points clear of champions Celtic at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership after winning all eight of their games so far this season.

That incredible run, the club’s best ever start to a league campaign, has seen the Pittodrie side’s odds of winning the title cut from 25/1 at the start of August to just 4/1 after last weekend’s 3-1 win away at Hearts.

However, McInnes remains adamant that his side’s best chance of lifting some silverware at the end of the season is to concentrate on a cup win.

“The cup represents the best chance of success for a lot of clubs and I would put ourselves in that bracket,” he told the Daily Record.

“We go into the competition wanting to go the full way and any cup has always been very important to us.”

The comments come as the Premiership leaders look to take their fine form into the League Cup away to Championship promotion hopefuls Hibernian.

Ahead of the clash there was speculation that McInnes would field a weakened side in order to rest players ahead of the weekend’s league meeting with Inverness, but with the competition high on the Dons boss’ list of priorities Hibs fans can expect to see a strong Aberdeen side run out at Easter Road.

“We have managed to change the line-up by being flexible with the selection and tactics this season,” McInnes added.

“That has never been in any way about diluting the level of performance so we won’t make changes for the sake of it.”

The Dons go into tonight’s tie as 7/10 favourites to win on the night and reach the quarter finals, while odds of 5/6 mean they are also favourites to extend their perfect run in the league with victory over Caley Thistle on Saturday.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.