Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

Celtic legend Danny McGrain believes that the Hoops have a tough job at hand after being drawn against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup fifth round yesterday.

The Dons, who are currently third in the league table, have been in good form in the present campaign.


Derek McIness’ side came close to claiming a point against Celtic when both teams met in the Scottish Premiership on 23rd November, but injury time strikes from Derk Boerrigter and Kris Commons sealed a 3-1 win for the reigning Scottish champions.

And McGrain admits that Aberdeen are a “top team” and will come to Celtic Park with the aim of knocking out the reigning Scottish Cup holders.


"Aberdeen are a good team, a top team, and if you asked before the draw I would have wanted Alloa or Albion Rovers at Celtic Park – any other team", McGrain explained to Celtic’s official site.

"They gave us a hard game two weeks ago where we won 3-1 eventually. Aberdeen have players in the team who can score goals and have a bit of pace, and they´re not the worst at the back either.

"They will give us the same problems when we beat them 3-1.

“They work hard, work hard as a unit and squeeze you up the park, and they might give us different problems this time as they might change their set-up or players.

"Aberdeen will be coming to take the cup from us, but it´s our cup and they will need to work very hard to take it from our hands. We will be going all-out to keep it and hopefully beat Aberdeen."

Celtic, who romped to a 7-0 win over Heart of Midlothian in the previous round of the competition on Sunday, are scheduled to take on Aberdeen on 8th February.

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