Steven Gerrard has banned talk of Sunday’s Betfred Cup final as he urged his Rangers squad to give Aberdeen their sole focus tomorrow night.
Celtic and Rangers will meet in the first Old Firm cup final since 2011 after both teams cruised through their Betfred Cup last-four clashes.
Aberdeen paid the penalty for losing their nerve as they blew a disastrous shoot-out to kill off their League Cup dream.
Boss Derek McInnes refused to blame the players who missed their penalties in the shoot-out loss to Hearts for the cup exit.
Aberdeen exited the Betfred Cup at the quarter-final stage at Tynecastle, losing 3-0 on penalties to Hearts after a 2-2 draw.
There were fears Jon Gallagher would be added to Aberdeen’s lengthy injury list.
Dons boss Derek McInnes insists his side will improve in the coming weeks after getting past Dundee in the Betfred Cup.
Andy Considine was relieved to avoid being the villain at Dens Park and pleased the Dons could redeem themselves after defeat to Rijeka.
Dons boss Derek McInnes hailed his gritty side for finding a way into the Betfred Cup quarter-final when not at their best.
Paul Hartley expressed his delight at Cove’s 3-0 Betfred Cup win over League One Raith Rovers – before turning his attention to the Aberdeen side’s SPFL bow on Saturday.
Aberdeen will play Dundee at Dens Park in the Betfred Cup last-16.
Cove Rangers new boy Declan Glass “couldn’t have hoped for much better” on debut after setting up two goals.
Peterhead manager Jim McInally said last night was “a step too far” after his side lost their final Betfred Cup Group D game against Raith Rovers 3-1.
Cove Rangers boss Paul Hartley “couldn’t fault” his players after they narrowly lost out to Championship side Inverness Caley Thistle in the Betfred Cup.
Peterhead assistant boss Davie Nicholls says tonight’s clash with Raith Rovers is about striking a balance between chasing Betfred Cup progress and continuing preparations for league business.
Cove Rangers boss Paul Hartley is looking for “strong performances” in their remaining Betfred Cup group games – starting tonight at Inverness Caley.
Peterhead boss Jim McInally was delighted after his side’s 0-0 Betfred Cup draw at Dens Park.
Cove Rangers defender Harry Milne believes he thrives when tested by full-time opposition.
Jim McInally hopes Peterhead can enjoy this season now there is less pressure on them.
PETERHEAD’S primary Betfred League Cup objective has already been achieved – so now Jamie Stevenson says they’ll push to reach the knock-out stages.
Goalie Greg Fleming was Peterhead’s unlikely penalty shoot-out hero and admitted he was a relieved man after converting his first spot-kick.
Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley was happy with his side’s display after holding Dundee to a 0-0 draw.
Cove Rangers boss Paul Hartley is pleased to have bolstered his squad by signing Daniel Higgins ahead of tonight’s game with Dundee.
Boss Jim McInally insists Peterhead can reach the Betfred Cup knockout stages after their penalty shoot-out win over Inverness Caley Thistle.
Jack Leitch believes Peterhead can give Inverness Caley Thistle a fright tonight.
Peterhead’s McAllister told Cove keeper McKenzie he didn’t dive early enough to save Betfred Cup game-winning penalty
Peterhead hitman Rory McAllister was thrilled to win his battle of wills with Cove Rangers goalie Stuart McKenzie and start the season with a Betfred League Cup victory.
Peterhead and Cove Rangers will start their Betfred Cup campaigns against each other.
Peterhead and Cove Rangers are relishing locking horns in the Betfred Cup group stage.
Peterhead and Cove Rangers have been paired together in the group stages of the Betfred Cup.
Aberdeen full-back Max Lowe says losing the Betfred Cup final was “easily” the deepest low of his career – and he wants to make up for it in the Scottish Cup.