Evening Express

Mackay-Steven confident Aberdeen can lift trophy this term

Aberdeen's Gary Mackay Steven scores to make it 1-0 against Dundee.

Winger Gary Mackay-Steven knows what it takes to lift silverware in Scotland and reckons the Dons can win a trophy this season.

During his time at Celtic, the 27-year-old won the League Cup and Premiership titles with Celtic.

Aberdeen kickstart their quest for glory on Saturday when they face St Mirren in the League Cup second round at Pittodrie.

Play-maker Mackay-Steven is confident following a summer of rebuilding at Pittodrie the Reds are strong enough to land a first trophy since the League Cup in 2014.

Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes has added seven new signings to his squad with the latest a season- long loan capture of Manchester United striker James Wilson.

Mackay-Steven already has a collection of winner’s medals and admits he would “love nothing more” than adding to that with the Reds.

He said: “Every year we target silverware and the League Cup is the first chance to do it.

“We feel we are capable of doing that but will take it one game at a time, starting with St Mirren.

“Last season we maybe didn’t do so well in the cups and we want to change that.”

St Mirren were on the receiving end of a moment of magic from Mackay-Steven in the Scottish Cup last season.

His sensational strike from the edge of the box in the 4-1 defeat of then-Championship Buddies in January earned him the goal of the fourth round award.

The winger hopes lightning can strike twice at Pittodrie on Saturday but is anticipating a tough tie under new boss Alan Stubbs.

He said: “St Mirren were great to watch last season and we have watched clips of them this season.

“We will have done our homework on them before the match.

“St Mirren are a good team again under Alan Stubbs, who has already proven he is a really good manager.”

During his time at Celtic Mackay-Steven won three Premiership league titles and picked up a League Cup winner’s medal.

The former Liverpool youth star was an unused substitute in the 3-0 League Cup final win over Aberdeen in 2016.

He said: “I have a few winners medals from my time at Celtic but would love nothing more than to lift a cup with Aberdeen.”

Aberdeen face newly-promoted St Mirren on the back of a 1-0 win at Dundee at the weekend.

The decisive goal came from a penalty spot converted by Mackay-Steven.

It was his second spot kick goal of the new campaign, having netted in the 1-1 draw with Premier League Burnley in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg.

Following the exit of former penalty takers Adam Rooney to Salford City and Scotland international Kenny McLean to Norwich, Mackay-Steven has stepped up.

He said: “I was happy to take the penalty and confident I would put it away.

“As soon as the referee pointed to the spot I wanted the ball.

“It was my penalty.”

Aberdeen have yet to hit their top form but remain undefeated, having drawn with Rangers 1-1 in the opening game of the Premiership campaign.

Mackay-Steven was one of the Reds’ primary attacking outlets but admits he could have performed better at Dens Park.

He said: “Even though we created some chances, we were a little bit sloppy in some of our play at Dundee.

“It was a tough game and a little bit scrappy early on.

“In the end we were good value for our win as we were the ones always asking the question and attacking.”