We can beat Celtic

Mark Reynolds believes Aberdeen “can do something special” against Celtic in the Betfred Cup final on Sunday.

The Dons have lost twice to the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders this season and go into the game as underdogs against a Hoops side unbeaten domestically this season.

However, the 29-year-old Pittodrie defender is confident of creating an upset at Hampden Park.

He said: “It will be a very tough game. Celtic are the form team in Scotland and they have been there many times before.

“But we feel that over 90 minutes we can more than give them a game. We can do something special.

“We go into the game quietly confident but so will they. It should make for a great game.

“There is a confidence in our changing room because of the ability we have in there.

“The fact we have beaten Celtic in recent seasons gives us belief that we can do it again and I feel we have given a good account of ourselves against them this season.

“We know, though, that we will need to be at the very top of our game if we are going to beat them.”

Reynolds was in the Aberdeen side which won the trophy in 2014 with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against Inverness at Celtic Park.

It was the first piece of silverware garnered by the club in 19 years and sent 40,000 supporters back north ecstatic.

The former Motherwell and Sheffield Wednesday stopper is looking for trophy-winning celebrations to be a regular occurrence in the city.

“We don’t want to be a team remembered for just winning the odd trophy,” he said. “We want to be challenging for trophies every season.

“We want to make a statement of intent. We feel we have players good enough to do that.

“Around the stadium there are a lot of older pictures of the successful teams of the past.

“Getting our picture put up from 2014 makes you walk just that little bit taller along the corridor.

“Hopefully there will be another picture to put up after Sunday.”

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