Derek McInnes
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is seen during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Hibernian and Aberdeen on September 25, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Aberdeen Boss Derek McInnes is proud that his side has remained a strong opposition to Celtics ambitions even with challenges from clubs like Hibernian, Rangers, Hearts and Kilmarnock.

The Pittodrie Boss believes his side is the only side to ask questions of Celtic in terms of competitions.

We’re still there,” McInnes told Evening Times:

“We’re still getting to finals and we still finished second last year and they’ve [Rangers] been back up for a couple of seasons now, so the challenge gets tougher and tougher to maintain.

“To maintain it for the last five, six years has been tough. To maintain it beyond that is the challenge that we all face but I’m actually really enjoying it and hopefully, regardless of who’s manager at Rangers or Celtic or what teams you play, I would like to look back in time and think that we did a lot of good work at Aberdeen and hopefully [we will] have trophies to show for it.”

Mclnnes also believes that his Captain Graeme Shinnie deserves to collect the trophy

“I think it’s important for Shinnie because there are those images of Willie Miller, Russell Anderson and Stewart McKimmie – but especially Willie, because he did it most often,” he said.

“It’s important for Shinnie to lift a trophy. He did it with Inverness, obviously, but he’s a captain in the truest sense of the word and it’s important for me that he has that image of lifting a trophy.”