Aberdeenshire Shield: Inverurie skipper not getting carried away with hat-trick dream

Neil McLean.

Inverurie Locos captain Neil McLean would love to skipper his side to a hat-trick of Aberdeenshire Shields – but insists they can’t look too far ahead.

The Railwaymen face Junior side Banks o’ Dee in the quarter-finals tonight at Harlaw Park.

Locos are the defending champions after beating Dee 5-2 in the final last year.

The game is expected to go ahead with the heavy frost at the ground lifting in recent days.

McLean also captained them to glory in the Shield in 2013/14.

He would love to skipper Neil Cooper’s team to the trophy again this term and keep hold of the Shield – but he doesn’t want to focus too far beyond the Dee game.

McLean said: “It would be nice to make it a hat-trick of shields, but we can only look at tonight’s game first against Banks o’ Dee.

“If we get through we’ll look at who we play in the semi-final and then if we get through that, we can maybe think about it then. It would be nice to keep hold of the Shield. “We’ve done well in the Aberdeenshire Shield over the years and this will be a hard game again – and we know we’ll have to be at our best.

“The manager has drilled that into us for any game. “If we work hard we know we have quality in the ranks from front to back that will help us through.”

Dee co-manager Tommy Forbes would like revenge for their loss to Locos in last year’s final.

He said: “It’s a bonus game for us being in this competition.

“It’s a tough game because Locos are very good going forward.

“But we won’t change our style of play, we’ll go there and look to get on the front foot and try to ask them questions.

“Getting through to the semi-finals and getting a bit of revenge is a big incentive.”