McInnes: TV were at Pittodrie partly in hope St Mirren could claim Dons scalp

Aberdeen's Ryan Christie celebrates after scoring his side's third goal

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes today praised the Dons for avoiding the cup shock he believes television chiefs anticipated.

Aberdeen’s comfortable 4-1 Scottish Cup win over St Mirren was broadcast live on BBC1.

McInnes reckons one of the reasons the clash with the in-form Buddies was screened live was because the Reds were pin-pointed as a potential cup scalp.

Having seen off the Championship pacesetters, McInnes today challenged the Dons to go all the way and lift the cup at Hampden in May for the first time since 1990.

He said: “I think one of the reasons the television was here was because they maybe saw it as a scalp and an upset.

“I understand that totally with the way St Mirren have been going in their own division and they are a good team.

“St Mirren was a challenge and I am very pleased we overcame that.

“We had to work hard for it as it wasn’t all straightforward and there were moments of sloppiness in our game that gave them a bit too much encouragement for my liking.

“But throughout it all there were some very good performances and we had some good spells in the game.

“We scored some fantastic goals and you will not see better than Gary Mackay-Steven’s this season.

“An experienced second-half performance got the job done without any real danger of letting it slip.”

Aberdeen reached the Scottish Cup final last season only to lose 2-1 to Celtic at Hampden with the Hoops netting an injury-time winner.

McInnes is determined to go one better this year.

Asked if he believes the Dons can go all the way to lift the trophy, he said: “That is the intention. There is no point going into a cup competition if you don’t feel you can win it.

“There will be a few teams who will be disappointed if they don’t win it and there will also be a lot of teams hoping to win it.

“But we will be one of the few teams very disappointed if we don’t win it.”

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Attacker Ryan Christie, who scored a brace, sustained a knee knock late on in the cup win. The Dons had to play with 10 men as they had already used their three substitutes.

McInnes is confident Christie will be available to face Rangers at Ibrox on Wednesday.

McInnes said: “Ryan took a bang in the back of the knee and there was a wee bit of fluid on it.

“Hopefully it will settle down. I am not too concerned about it, but obviously at that stage of the game we don’t want to take any risks.”