Aberdeen striker Curtis Main has stated that he “fully expects” to keep his place for the visit of Celtic on Sunday.

Sam Cosgrove has been one of the most lethal finishers in the country this season. He’s bagged 21 goals in 33 games for the Granite City club (Transfermarkt). Not a bad return at all considering he isn’t playing for one of the top sides in the country.

However, Cosgrove has been on a barren run recently along with his club. Aberdeen have just come out of a five-game run without scoring.

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That ended against Hamilton on Tuesday night, with Dons boss Derek McInnes starting Main over Cosgrove for the first time in their goalless run.

Main was the man who got the goal too with a fine chip over Hamilton’s Luke Southwood in a 3-1 success.

Curtis Main against Celtic

Curtis Main against Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And, speaking ahead of Celtic’s visit to Pittodrie, Main says he’s expecting to start over 21-goal Cosgrove. In comments published by the Aberdeen Evening Express, here’s what he had to say:

“I fully expect to retain my place. I don’t see myself as coming in and just putting in a performance and expecting to come out the side. That is just not my personality. It is not something I would ever accept for myself.

“Whatever the decision is, in my head I am looking forward to the next game. Let’s just say I know where his (the manager’s) office is. He has to expect that as it comes with the job.

“I was obviously banging on the door asking for opportunities when I am not getting them.”

 

Main’s goal record isn’t something to admire

Scoring a goal at Hamilton, with the state the Accies are in at the moment, isn’t something that should guarantee you regular game-time.

Main looked vibrant enough against Brian Rice’s men, but he doesn’t have the goal-record to suggest he would be useful for the Dons on Sunday.

He’s only bagged two goals since his summer move from Motherwell, and he’s had 18 games to get himself on other scoresheets (Transfermarkt).

The former Motherwell striker also never bothered us during his time at Fir Park either. He played against us four times with the Steelmen and didn’t bag a single goal or assist.

Aberdeen's Sam Cosgrove

Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Then again, it’s not as if Cosgrove has been a constant thorn in our side either. Yes, he scored a header at Parkhead back in December, but that’s only one of two goals in nine appearances against us. The other was a penalty.

Also, for what it’s worth, Cosgrove has just as many red cards against Celtic than he does goals.

However, Christopher Jullien has at times struggled with physical players this season. The likes of Lyndon Dykes and Marios Ogkmpoe have given him some problems. Main is another who likes to get rough.

It’ll be interesting to see how our big Frenchman deals with him should he start against us.

 

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