‘Kenny is going to be a very good Norwich player’ - High praise for McLean
Kenny McLean will be a top boy at Norwich City, insists Aberdeen chief Derek McInnes on the eve of his farewell.
McLean bows out for Aberdeen on Sunday at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic looking to guide the Dons to runners-up spot.
The 26-year-old turned in a man-of-the-match goalscoring display in his Pittodrie swansong against Rangers in midweek despite nursing a calf problem.
McInnes is in no doubt the midfielder, who was voted Aberdeen’s players’ player-of-the-year on Thursday, will hit the same heights at the Canaries.
“When he is in my team he is such a big influence,” he said. “The strike where he hit the bar showed his confidence and where he is at the minute.
“Kenny is going to be a very good Norwich player.
“Hopefully he will be okay (for Celtic) and can be a very good Aberdeen player in his last game for us on Sunday. Kenny and (Gary) Mackay-Steven had a couple of knocks, but we’re hoping both of those will be passed fit to play.”
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McInnes’ side need to better Rangers’ result to guarantee second, but a trip to Celtic Park is as tough as it gets.
“It’s certainly the toughest fixture,” he said. “In each of the games we’ve played Celtic have deservedly won the game, but there’s been good spells in all the games. We’ve had that and maybe we could have done better and it’s important in those good spells that we try make the most of it.
“I like the sound of that (finishing second and beating Celtic).
“It’s easier said than done, but that’s the intention. I like the thought we’re not dependent on others and I know people say Hearts did us a favour the other night, but the onus was on Hibs and Rangers as well.
“We had the points and set out to win both games, but it wasn’t a disaster for us not to win.
“We need to find that and a bit more if we’re going to beat Celtic on Sunday.
“That’s what we set out to achieve and we’re pleased we’ve broke the 70-point barrier again and if we can get another three points to add to that then that’s a nice way to finish.”