Aberdeen’s suspended right-back Shay Logan is “100%” confident whoever replaces him in the Reds defence will help the team to the Scottish Cup final.
The Dons meet Motherwell at Hampden on Saturday, but Logan, skipper Graeme Shinnie and midfielder Kenny McLean will pay the price for each picking up two bookings in the competition before the semi-final stage.
Logan, who reckons on-loan Rotherham player Dominic Ball is more than capable of filling in for him, said: “I’d love a final appearance. I’ve got 100% confidence in them.
“Three big players and normally starters will not be playing, but at the end of the day, that’s what you’ve got a squad for.
“Maybe Dom Ball plays, the likes of (Mark) Reynolds can come back in and you can move people around.
“I’m very optimistic about that game.
“As long as the team go out and put in a performance that they know they can, whether three of us are missing or not, that gives the chance for somebody else to make their mark.
“I fully wish that to happen – whoever comes in in my place, I hope he has an amazing game and hope we win and get ourselves in the final.”
Ball has already covered for Reds mainstay Logan this term, and Logan said: “I saw him play against Celtic at the start of the season and, although we lost, he did really well.
“I train with him each day, he’s come on and he’s a guy full of enthusiasm. So I wish the best for him if he does get to play in that position.”
In many ways the hole at right-back will be the easiest for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes to solve. More intriguing is how he will fill the void in the middle left by Shinnie and McLean – critical cogs in the Dons 11.
Gothenburg Great Willie Miller has suggested Anthony O’Connor could move into centre midfield proper, from his usual centre-back or holding midfield role, to fill Shinnie’s place. That would leave the No10 role McLean often plays behind the striker McInnes favours, with Greg Stewart and Niall McGinn two options among several.
Logan thinks the suspensions for Hampden, and even the five post-split Premiership fixtures, offer the chance for one of the stars of the Development League side to be blooded in the first team.
He said: “Bruce Anderson is having a stormer. He plays with us in training and he’s one the lads say: ‘Do you know what, come the end of season he might get a little chance’, because if you ask Scott McKenna who is the worst person to play against in training, he’ll say Bruce Anderson.
“He’s fast, can hold the ball up, can score and he’s not bad in the air for somebody so small.
“People like that just need to keep giving their all, because his chance will come.”