Bring on the 'Dons'

We`ve played Aberdeen four times over the past 40 years but the fixture which we will all remember most is that that epic semi-final battle against the Dons back in April 2008.

As we all know we beat them 4-3 in front of over 24,000 fans at Hampden and that will always be revered in our club`s history.

With Aberdeen being a Premier League side and having home advantage they`ll be favourites to progress but that win over Partick Thistle will surely boost our confidence.

Apart from Hearts, Hibs and the `Old Firm`, Aberdeen are probably the next biggest draw and we`d possibly be looking for a 10,000 plus gate with it being the Scottish Cup. Added Gus MacPherson, "I`m expecting a healthy crowd for the Aberdeen game and I`m hoping our own support will be in the region of 500. "Naturally I would have liked the match at Palmerston but it wasn`t to be.

"They`ve have a lot of talented young players and over the past couple of seasons they`ve strengthened their squad and it`s now `bearing fruit`.

"Craig Brown is now in charge at Pittodrie and he`s one of the longest serving managers in the game."

Looking back to Saturday`s great victory against Partick Thistle the Gus stressed, "At Firhill on Saturday it was our turn to grab a late winner and it was long overdue.

"But to be fair--we`ve played better and lost!

"I reckon late goals against have cost us about eight or nine points at least so to keep a `clean sheet` at Firhill was a big bonus.

"I was particularly pleased with our youngsters!

"Dan Carmichael grabbed a priceless match winning late goal and Nicky Clark also had a great game up front.

"I`ve now got four or five young local lads in the squad which augurs well for the future.

"That win at Firhill will give us a massive morale booster going into Saturday`s match against league leaders Ross County.

"They`re top of the and have lost only one league game all season.

"They have a very strong squad which provides plenty of options up front.

"They`ve a lot of former SPL players now on board and they`re a most confident outfit.

"They beat us 2-0 up at Dingwall in early season but both counters came late in the game.

Moving on by mutual consent is keeper Roddy McKenzie so good luck to him."