Derek McInnes wants Celtic to win Scottish Cup final

By Connor Gordon

May 20, 2019

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has told the Daily Record he hopes Celtic win the Scottish Cup final this Saturday.

The Dons sit fourth in the table after Kilmarnock leapfrogged them thanks to the victory against Rangers.

The reds are on their lowest points total for years and are seeking help from elsewhere.

Now, former Rangers man McInnes is calling out for Celtic ‘to do their job’ against Hearts to qualify for Europe.

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Derek McInnes was sent off in Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have emerged as the second best force in Scottish football and Kilmarnock third.

Killie will play their first European match in just under 20 years next season but manager Steve Clarke won’t be there to take charge.

This leaves Aberdeen reliant on Celtic to win the Scottish Cup as the last European place will drop to fourth.

McInnes told the Daily Record: “It’s so important for us, European football – and I’ve taken pride in us having that every year.

“This will be our lowest points tally, 67, but we’ve gone to the last game of the season again.

Celtic celebrate as Derek McInnes looks on. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I’ve just got to hope that Celtic do their job.”

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Not long has passed since McInnes was leading his Aberdeen side against Celtic in the semi-final.

The Dons didn’t lay a glove on Celtic that day but still put the boot in.

McInnes was sent to the stands as he made an inappropriate gesture to the Celtic support.

Ryan Christie requires treatment after Dom Ball challenge. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Treble treble aside, it’s a bit rich for McInnes to be crying for help from the team he clearly hates.

He should just count himself lucky Hearts are so poor this year that he hasn’t dropped further.

The Scotland job would have been an ideal exit for him but he has ruled himself out the running.

Now, he’ll be on his prayer mat begging Celtic to win – it’s a funny old world football.