Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie helped to end one hoodoo in Glasgow and tomorrow he is determined to do it again.
The Dons travel south to face Celtic searching for a first league win at Parkhead since October 2004 when Darren Mackie, Fernando Pasquinelli and John Stewart scored in a 3-2 win for Jimmy Calderwood’s side.
Shinnie, who received a prestigious award after being chosen as the Evening Express’ Aberdeen FC Player of the Year by the EE sports team, helped the Reds’ end the long wait for a win against Rangers in Glasgow a year ago when he scored in a 2-1 victory at Ibrox.
That was Aberdeen’s first triumph in Govan since 1991 and ahead of visiting the Hoops tomorrow, the Pittodrie skipper is desperate to end the barren run in Glasgow.
Shinnie said: “It would be nice to turn that around, we did that last year at Ibrox.
“There’s no better time to do it at Celtic Park than tomorrow, the supporters will back us in their massive numbers and we’d love to give them the win.
“It (win at Ibrox) was a great day and a great occasion, on a personal note scoring as well was great. Celtic will be a different ball game, it’s a different atmosphere, a different stadium and it’s the race for second and we know what we have to do to win, we’re all looking forward to it and we’re all high in confidence.”
On being chosen as the Evening Express’ Player of the Year, Shinnie added: “It’s always nice to get awards, there’s been a few boys in the squad who have done really well, so it’s good to win.”
If Aberdeen win tomorrow they know it will also secure a fourth successive second place finish.
But if Derek McInnes’ side were to lose they would have to rely on Hibs beating third-placed Rangers at Easter Road to finish runners-up to champions Celtic.
Shinnie insists they want to secure second themselves and not rely on the Edinburgh result.
The 26-year-old said: “We don’t want to leave it to anyone else to finish second, we want to finish the job ourselves.
“And we want to try to beat Celtic as well because it’s something we’ve struggled with this year and we want to do it.
“That will allow us to finish in second place as well, so that’s what we’ll set out to do.
“It would naturally have been nice to have cemented it on Tuesday with a win (against Rangers at Pittodrie).
“At this club, we always want to be fighting towards the end of the season so to still be fighting for second place is good.
“This is another game that we look forward to and try to reach the target of finishing second.
“The strength of the league this year means it’s a lot tougher and that makes it that little bit more special.
“Last year we beat Rangers to it which was a massive achievement and this year it’s been Rangers and Hibs that have been going at us.
“Hearts are a big club as well and they would love to be up there fighting.
“Kilmarnock have had an exceptional season so it’s been tough and to finish second would be a massive achievement for us.”
Aberdeen head for Parkhead tomorrow after a 1-1 draw with Rangers in the Granite City on Tuesday.
The Dons were on top in the first half and deservedly led, but in the second half the Gers came back into the game.
Shinnie wants the Reds to replicate their display in the first period over the whole game tomorrow.
“We’ve bounced back well from the Scottish Cup semi-final (3-0 loss to Motherwell) and we’re unbeaten going into this game since then,” he said.
“The Rangers game was a bit frustrating because it was a sloppy goal we conceded and we would have liked to have taken all three points.
“We take the confidence out of it and look to win tomorrow’s game.
“It is always tough when we play with such a high intensity. After doing that in the first half, we maybe just fell away a bit in the second.
“We’ll definitely look to replicate the first half against Rangers and try to get among it as much as we can.”
A week today Celtic will face Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final as they look to win back-to-back trebles.
Shinnie doesn’t think the Hoops will take it easy tomorrow ahead of the Hampden showpiece.
He said: “They’ve got that big a squad that they could rest a few boys and it won’t really hinder the team.
“We know that and they’ll be desperate to go out with a win to set them up for the cup final and it should be a good game.”