Derek McInnes bigs up Sam Cosgrove ahead of Celtic visit

By David Walton

October 23, 2019

Sam Cosgrove’s form heading into Sunday’s crunch clash against Celtic is impossible to ignore.

The big Englishman has just come off plenty of praise after bagging Aberdeen’s opener at Motherwell on Saturday. When through on goal, he delightfully chipped over Mark Gillespie to score a real goal of the month contender.

However, it’s his form overall this season that’s been seriously attracting attention. Cosgrove now has 15 goals in 16 appearances for the Dons this term. It’s all the more incredible considering he went on a crazy 20-game run where he only managed two goals last season.

Sam Cosgrove is still in need of a performance against Celtic (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But now he’s firing on all cylinders. And ahead of this weekend’s visit of Celtic, here’s what Dons boss Derek McInnes had to say about his big forward in the Daily Record.

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“Sam is in a good place and he looks very confident. He scores from set-plays, penalty kicks, left foot, right foot. The amount of goals he has scored in a short space of time has been incredible.

“We’re all confident Sam feels he is going to score which is important as a striker.

“When he arrived he was maybe a wee bit unsure of himself but for him to step up and take over from Rooney, who led the line brilliantly, a lot of work had to be done. I like when he shows his aggression and is strutting about.”

There’s one thing Cosgrove’s missing – a good showing against the Champions

Cosgrove is certainly turning heads. The incredible comparison in form compared to when he was struggling is almost supernatural.

However, he’s still missing a good performance against Celtic to look back on. Granted, Cosgrove has scored against us. He bagged a penalty in our 4-3 win at Pittodrie last season. But overall, he wasn’t impressive on the day.

Cosgrove has turned things around at Aberdeen (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

He’s still missing a positive display against us, and if he wants to attract further interest in January, he could do with one this weekend. So the motivation for Cosgrove will be there.

But for us, we can land a blow on the Cosgrove hype with a dominant display. We’re about to find out just how good he is at the weekend.

It’s fair to say that Cosgrove will be up against some tough rivals on Sunday (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He’ll be up against two top-class centre-backs for the first time this season. The likelihood is that he does it on his own too with so many bodies out for Aberdeen. How he performs against Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer will be a key indicator as to whether the hype on Cosgrove is misplaced.

In a way, it’s a chance to shut up any idea that he should be considered for Parkhead too. We’re going to find out a lot about the Englishman this weekend. Will he live up to the hype? It already feels doubtful.