Today I don’t care how we win it, as long as we do.
The football can be breathtaking or boring, just so long as it produces the result.
No-one thought we could do this, that we could be here, with six trophies won out of six since Brendan took over. That we might win a seventh seems like an impossible ask. Yet here we are, and we are the clear favourites.
Most of us cannot conceive of us not winning this today; the team will not have the same attitude. They know that focus and concentration are everything, and that the win will only come if we go into the game in the full knowledge that Aberdeen are well capable of winning.
We will not underestimate them. We never do.
The manager’s selection dilemma is interesting and the starting eleven he’s picked might well prove decisive. He has decided against the inclusion of Brown from the start. I think it might be too early to bring back the captain, but equally I wouldn’t have been in the least bit surprised if he had played although it would have been harsh on anyone left out.
We have one of the biggest squads in the country, and there is a lot of competition for places. Christie has been phenomenal lately, and I am delighted he’s been retained. Callum, Forrest and Rogic you could have picked yourself, but it is a big call to leave Ollie on the bench, although I think Sinclair has justified his inclusion in recent games.
Odsonne starts up front of course, and the defence picks itself right now. The decision to let Bain keep hold of the goalie gloves is a nice touch from the manager.
It is the team most of us expected. Now we need to deliver the performance everyone expects. When Brendan arrived none of us thought we’d be going for a perfect seven out of seven. Here we are, and we deserve to enjoy it.
See you all on the other side.
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