McLean highlights what will stop Celtic winning the treble
By Danny Wright
Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean believes that his side have the quality to end Celtic’s hopes of winning a domestic treble.
The Scottish Premiership’s top two teams meet in the league at Pittodrie on Friday night before taking on each other again in the Scottish Cup final later this month.
McLean, 25, thanks that the Dons can make a huge statement by ending Brendan Rodgers’ unbeaten domestic run in charge of the Hoops since he took charge last summer.
“We want to show that we can beat Celtic, because we know we’ve got the players that can,” said the former St. Mirren midfielder, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“I think that we are the best team to stop the unbeaten run – and stop the treble.”
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Celtic have won all four of their meetings with Aberdeen this season with Derek McInnes’ side only scoring once in the process.
The Dons were dumped out of the Scottish League Cup by the Premiership champions in November and McLean has asserted that any kind of results on Friday would help morale going into the cup final.
“We have done well, but ultimately we’ve not picked any points up, which is disappointing, no matter how well you do,” he added.
“Picking up points against Celtic would be a massive boost for us and it would give us confidence going into the final.”
McLean, a one-time Scotland international, has taken part in every single Aberdeen match this season in both European and domestic competition.
He has made 49 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals and supplying four assists.
The Dons need just one more point, or hope Rangers drop points, in their final three league games to mathematically secure second place.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops will wrap up the transfer of this 28-year-old within the next 24 hours.