McGinn wants Dons cup run

  • Last Updated: September 26 2012, 10:12 BST

Niall McGinn has set his sights on a cup run with Aberdeen so he can see the club's full potential realised.

Niall McGinn: Eyeing run to Hampden

The Dons, who face Dunfermline at East End Park in the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup on Wednesday night, have improved their cup form in recent seasons with three semi-finals in two years, although they lost to East Fife in this competition last year.

And the former European Cup Winners' Cup champions have not been to a final since 2000 or won a trophy since 1995.

McGinn feels they would prosper if they can break that run.

The summer signing from Celtic said: "It's a massive club with a good history. There is no reason why we can't go on a run of victories and a good cup run.

"A club like this wants big days out at Hampden with good crowds following you. You want to play against bigger teams and going on a cup run gives you the chance to do that."

However, Craig Brown's men have to get past a Dunfermline side who are unbeaten in the Irn-Bru First Division and who beat Livingston 4-0 on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international said: "These cup games are always tough, especially away from home against Dunfermline, who had a good result and will be on a high.

"They will be looking to take a scalp of an SPL team. But if we play to our capability there is no reason we can't come away with a win.

"You have to go in with the right attitude."

McGinn netted his first Aberdeen goal in the 3-3 draw with SPL leaders Motherwell on Sunday and is determined to add more after recovering from an ankle injury.

"I just want to get back playing," he said. "It was nice to score. I had a bad injury which set me back but I'm fit and raring to go."

Brown will assess several injury doubts ahead of the game, including winger Ryan Fraser, who picked up a knock against Motherwell.

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