McInnes happy to be at home as Aberdeen get Kilmarnock in Scottish Cup draw

Derek McInnes welcomed a home draw in the quarter-finals of William Hill Scottish Cup after Aberdeen were paired with Kilmarnock.

Holders Celtic were drawn against Ladbrokes Championship side Greenock Morton while Rangers, who beat Ayr United 6-1 at Somerset Park on Sunday, will host Falkirk, also from the Championship.

In the other all-Ladbrokes Premiership tie, Hearts travel to Fir Park to face Motherwell.

After his Dons side, last year’s runners up to Celtic, beat Dundee United 4-2 in their fifth-round tie at Pittodrie, McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland:

“I am really pleased with the fact that we are at home again.

“We are obviously up against a tough opponent, Steve (Clarke) has got them going well as we know and they are getting a lot of credit and rightly so at the moment.

“Although we have beaten them a couple of times they have been tight games and we have had to fight hard for them and bring quality to separate the game.

“But it is a quarter-final and both teams will see it as real opportunity to get into the semi-final.

“It is tough but when you get to the quarter-final stage it is always going to be tough.”

Kilmarnock have only been beaten three times since Clarke took over at Rugby Park and two of them have been 3-1 defeats by Aberdeen, home and away.

McInnes acknowledged Killie’s improvement under the former West Brom boss.

He said: “What you see is a consistency of performance and therefore a consistency of results.

“They have good experience in their team, they have got a good compact shape which allows them to play with two strikers at times with (Kris) Boyd and (Eamonn) Brophy normally being the two and they carry a threat and always keep you on your toes.

“You have to play very smart against them and make sure you look after the ball because they have got good quality and organisation.

“We look forward to that, it is something to really look forward to. It is an exciting tie for both teams and hopefully we can be good enough on the day to  get into a semi-final.”

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