Aberdeen fan Campbell hopes to do his family proud by beating Rangers in Scottish Cup

Aberdeen's Dean Campbell.
Aberdeen's Dean Campbell.

As a Dons fan Dean Campbell has watched Aberdeen in finals and semi-finals at Hampden.

Now the teenage midfielder wants to help the Reds get back to the national stadium by beating Rangers tonight.

Aberdeen visit Ibrox this evening to face the Gers in their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay.

The sides drew 1-1 at Pittodrie last Sunday week and will play to a finish tonight to decide who faces Celtic in the semi.

Reds youth product Campbell has been a Dons fan all his days and could feature against Rangers after an assured second half performance in midfield in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Parkhead.

And having watched plenty of Aberdeen games from the stands at Hampden, the 17-year-old wants to play a part in helping the Dons reach the venue again.

He said: “The Scottish Cup is absolutely huge for us because we always say at the start of the season we want to win silverware.

“This is probably the best chance we’re going to get at it so it’s a huge game for the club and one we’re looking forward to.

“Being a fan growing up adds an extra level of excitement for me going into games like this.

“You go into it knowing I could get myself into a Scottish Cup semi-final with the club I’ve always supported.

“So it’s exciting but also adds pressure – but that is something I enjoy.

“I’ve been to plenty of cup finals and semi-finals at Hampden as a fan in the stands in the past few years.

“So I’m hoping this is my time to get there as a player.

“Growing up my whole family are Aberdeen fans and they go to every game they can.

“So to progress in the competition and be at Hampden would be incredible for them me and the club. But we just have to take one game at a time and make sure we get there first.”

Campbell takes great confidence from being thrown into the weekend game with Celtic by boss Derek McInnes.

He replaced James Wilson at half-time and delivered an impressive midfield display. And Campbell hopes that performance means he will play some part this evening against the Gers.

Aberdeen’s Dean Campbell comes on at half-time against Celtic.

He added: “I was delighted to get on the pitch against Celtic and get my chance in the team.

“It was good to get a positive result as well and good to do quite well personally when I was on.

“Saturday was a good day and hopefully this week can be good as well.

“I’ve been doing as much as I can and working as hard I can in training and games with the reserves.

“That’s what you have to do to try to impress the people above. At the moment I have been doing quite well in the Reserve League and it was good to get my chance on Saturday.

“There was a little bit of nerves before I went on but there were always going to be nerves before going on in an important game with a lot of people watching.

“For me it was all about getting my first touch and doing something easy to get myself settled.

“After I did that I felt fine as the game went on.

“The other players definitely helped me a lot. I was playing close to Lewis Ferguson in midfield.

“Behind me Scott McKenna and Andy Considine were talking me through the whole game.

“It’s good to have experience around me because it helps me settle down in the game and allows me to do what I can to help the team.

“Hopefully I can be involved against Rangers, whether it is at the start of the game or coming on again like Saturday.

“I just need to be ready to play if called upon. If I am starting or coming off the bench it’s just about being ready to take my chance.

“It does give me confidence that the manager put me on in a game like Saturday.

“It shows that he trusts me and trusts my ability to play against some of the best players in the country.

“So it gives me a lot of confidence going forward that I can compete with players at that level.”

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