…but with the League Cup Final being on a Sunday*, the Aberdeen traffic will be hellish on Monday March 17th, what with the open top bus parade from Bridge of Dee to Pittodrie Stadium….
Morton’s sucker-punch removal of Celtic has injected 5000 volts of interest into what is normally a moribund tournament. All 8 clubs will fancy their chances.
The thing is you CAN catch Celtic – and the pre-crash and burn Rangers – on an off day, but these ‘Giant’ clubs are ALWAYS the favourites and have cast such a dark shadow over the rest of Scottish Football ( plus all their unsavoury ‘baggage’) that general interest has declined over the decades. Suddenly for a brief moment we have an even playing field for all the ‘normal’ medium sized clubs. They all fancy their chances here.
The Dons seem to be flickering into life, as Derek McInnes tweaks the squad into something more than the rest home for idle chancers that the club has been for more years than I can contemplate without sobbing.
The Power of Positivity!
Even with several ‘main men’ out with a variety of injuries (Willo Flood, Barry Robson, Niall McGinn, Andrew Considine, Russell Anderson) the team that rolled over Falkirk on wednesday night was buzzing with an exhuberance that I haven’t seen since the Jess / Booth / Shearer / Paateneinen up front days.
A special plus point is the obvious quality of the Young Loons coming through. A youth system that provides the team with Robertson, Shaughnessey, Jack, Low and the fantastic 17 year old Cammy Smith is something for all concerned to be proud of.
Right. Now I have typed all that up, we await the wheels to fall off and we hurtle back to mediocre awfulness……
* of course, I am rota’d to be offshore for the final. But let’s attend to the quarters and semis first,eh?