Sam Cosgrove expecting to be 'more pumped up' for Celtic clash

By John McGinley

October 27, 2019

Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove feels he needs to prove he can be the Dons’ talisman in today’s match against Celtic, The Scottish Sun report.

Cosgrove has been on fire this season, scoring an impressive 15 goals in 16 matches. He’ll no doubt be one of the Don’s big threats at Pittodrie today as we look to stay top of the Scottish Premiership table.

The striker made his debut for Aberdeen back in February 2018 against Celtic. It was a day he doesn’t remember too fondly after being sent off just eight minutes into his appearance from the bench.

Learning from that experience, he is now hoping to channel the kind of big game adrenaline that resulted in his dismissal into a team-focused performance that proves a point.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “You talk about being pumped up for games and you still have to be. If anything I will be even more pumped up to face them this weekend because the adrenaline will still be there.

“But being more mature and having more games under my belt now, I’ve got a different point to prove. It’s not going around and trying to make a name for myself.

“I’ve got the responsibility to carry the team at the top end of the pitch, score the goals and just put in a good performance.”

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Can he get those goals?

With 36 goals in 66 appearances for the Dons in total, there’s no doubt that Cosgrove has been a successful signing for Derek McInnes.

Notably though his record against Celtic isn’t very good at all.

In the eight games he’s played against us he has just one goal to his name. That came back in our 4-3 win against them last season.

Six of those eight matches have resulted in defeat, with Cosgrove’s side winning just once.

Whether that trend continues today remains to be seen, but it’s clear we’ve had the better of Aberdeen with the striker in the side.

Easy to see then why he feels he has a point to prove in this fixture.

Hopefully our defence can keep him well marshalled again in today’s lunchtime kick-off.