Adam Rooney fit and ready for battle with Motherwell

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Dons striker Adam Rooney is hoping to get the chance to shoot down Motherwell in the League Cup quarter-final.

The Dons face the Steelmen at Fir Park tonight for the right to be in the semi-final draw which will be made immediately after the match.

Rooney has battled back from a thigh muscle injury that ruled him out for more than a month.

While he came on as a second-half substitute for the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, summer signing Stevie May has started all five games since his switch from Preston.

Rooney said: “It was disappointing to get injured in the second game of the season as I was out for five weeks.

“I’m feeling fit and ready to go, so hopefully I can get some more goals and get myself back into the team.

“There’s competition for places, but I’m always confident of getting myself on to the pitch and scoring goals.

“I always work hard in training and games, but there’s always been competition here. People say there’s been more now, but there’s always been two or three strikers.”

Aberdeen reached both cup finals last season only to lose them to Celtic.

Rooney is determined to go one step further this season by lifting a trophy for the first time since 2014 when he netted the decisive spot kick in a final shoot-out win over Inverness to lift the League Cup at Parkhead.

He said: “In the League Cup final last year we never did ourselves justice.

“After that we used it as motivation to get ourselves back to Hampden and give ourselves another chance.

“Obviously, the way we lost the Scottish Cup final in the last minute was disappointing, but it’s something we can use as motivation to go one better in both competitions.

“This is the first chance we have to do that and the lads are desperate to try to get another day out at Hampden and get the fans back there.”

In-form Motherwell have won three of their last four games.

He said: “To win any cup competition you need to beat the best teams, so regardless of who you play you need to turn up and perform.

“Hopefully if we can do that, we can get through to the next round.”