McGinn targets wins over goals

  • Last Updated: August 23 2013, 12:15 BST

Aberdeen's Niall McGinn doesn't care if a team-mate beats him to the top of the Reds' scoring charts so long as the Dons keep winning.

Niall McGinn: Putting importance on results
Niall McGinn: Putting importance on results

The former Celtic winger was converted into lethal frontman by former Pittodrie boss Craig Brown following his arrival in the Granite City last season and repaid the ex-Scotland manager's conviction with 21 goals.

The Northern Ireland international has already opened this season's account with a double against Motherwell in the second of Aberdeen's two opening Scottish Premiership victories.

But the signs are that he will not have to shoulder so much of the scoring responsibility this term following new manager Derek McInnes' dramatic overhaul of the Dons squad

Jonny Hayes, Willo Flood and Mark Reynolds are already off the mark and McGinn stressed the name on the score sheet is not important to him.

He told Red TV: "It's a new place for me to be renowned for scoring goals, so I'm just enjoying my football, which is the main thing.

"It's always nice to see the other boys chipping in with goals but the main thing is to get the wins. We have got the first two league wins under our belts and we just need to kick on and get the consistency into our games."

The buoyancy created by opening victories over Kilmarnock and Well were tempered by last Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Celtic.

While it seems McInnes' fledgling project may not be ready yet to mount a serious challenge to Neil Lennon's Scottish champions yet, McGinn is confident they will be more than a match for Hearts, who host them on Saturday.

"They have a lot of young players and a lot of young players coming in, so they are obviously going to be desperate to impress the manager and will be full of energy," said McGinn of the Jambos.

"Tynecastle is definitely a hard place to go. But we know we have done well over the first few games and that we can take confidence from that. Hopefully we will hit the ground running on Saturday and come out with the right result.

"There is a good buzz about the place with the way we have started the season. Even fan-base wise, [things are looking good]. The fans have been unbelievable, both away and at home.

"The football is good at the moment. We are all enjoying it and we have all got smiles on our faces. The manager is being so positive and that is definitely being reflected in the players. That will bring us confidence for our game on Saturday.

"From being here over the course of last season [I have realised] that we are expected to win most games. No more so that on Saturday. But it will definitely be a right tough game.

"But we know the fans will travel in their numbers and that will definitely be reflected with performance on the pitch.

"Even at the Motherwell game, the fans sang from the first minute to the last and it definitely does have an impact on the players on the pitch and gives us great confidence. Hopefully it will be the same against Hearts."

Meanwhile, the Dons have sent two under-20 players out on loan. Defender Scott Rumsby is joining Stranraer for six months while midfielder Stephen O'Neill has joined Peterhead for a month.


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