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Striker ruled out of Aberdeen's Scottish Cup Quarter Final against Pars and could miss internationals 

Injured Miller doubtful for Scotland double header

Aberdeen forward Lee Miller is a major doubt for Scotland's World Cup qualifier in Holland on March 28.

Miller lasted just 40 minutes of his side's 1-1 SPL draw at St Mirren on Tuesday after suffering a hamstring strain.

Miller has been ruled out of Saturday's Scottish Cup tie at Dunfermline and his manager Jimmy Calderwood fears the injury could rule his forward out for a month, a diagnosis which would cause Miller to miss the World Cup double-header against the Dutch and Iceland.

Calderwood said: "The early diagnosis does not look good. We will, hopefully, have a better idea in the next 24 hours. Lee is out of Saturday's game at Dunfermline and it is looking increasingly likely he will miss the next two to three weeks at least.

"It's a massive loss for us. His allround play all season has been excellent and he has been a key player for the team. We would like more goals from him but his contribution has been fabulous.

"As much as I'm worried about losing Lee for a lengthy period, I am also disappointed for him as his involvement with Scotland for the game in Amsterdam is also in doubt now.

"I know how hard the lad has worked to get his foot back in the door at international level. Hopefully, the injury is not as bad as we fear and he can get back on the pitch before the end of the month."

McINTYRE TELLS HIS SUPPORTERS ABERDEEN DUO MERIT RESPECT

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre has praised the success of Jimmy Calderwood and Jimmy Nicholl at Aberdeen and told Pars supporters to forget about any lingering resentment by welcoming them back to East End Park.

The Dons head for Dunfermline in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup on Saturday - the two Jimmys returning to a ground where they enjoyed a substantial level of success.

McIntyre said: "The two Jimmys are coming back to their old stomping ground, where they did a marvellous job. They should be applauded for the work they did here.

"As a player, they are two guys I would have loved to have worked under. I always liked the way their teams played and they deserve a warm welcome.

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Aberdeen FC boss praises Red Army

Jimmy Calderwood delighted as fans rally for Cup clash

Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood today praised the Red Army for rallying behind their quest for Scottish Cup glory.

More than 30 buses have been booked to take the bulk of the 5,250 Aberdeen FC fans to Saturday's quarter-final clash with Dunfermline at East End Park.

They will outnumber the Pars faithful, who have purchased only 3,300 tickets so far.

Jimmy Calderwood is sure the Dons fans turning out in such force will inspire his men to go on and claim a place in the last four for the second year in a row.

He said: "Seeing East End Park packed with so many of our fans will give the lads a lift.

"The response from the fans have been incredible and it is much appreciated."

 

Stephen out to pedal Pars home with a cup shock

We can do it, says ex-Aberdeen FC ace Glass

THE only time Stephen Glass claimed a cup winner's medal in his career, he also picked up a mountain bike. That was with Aberdeen FC in 1995 for a man-of-the-match performance in a 2-0 League Cup final win over Dundee.

Now the former Pittodrie favourite has vowed to help his side Dunfermline put the Dons on their bike - out of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

The midfielder said: "I was presented with a mountain bike after winning the cup with Aberdeen, which is a strange prize. Even though that was more than a decade ago the bike is still sitting in my father-in-law's garage.

"Winning the league cup with Aberdeen FC is the only winner's medal I have so far in my career. Hopefully I can put that right this season in the Scottish Cup, and we have the confidence that Dunfermline can beat Aberdeen."

Stephen Glass and the famous bike