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Dons star Maguire in plea to face Hibs

Teen striker ready to prove himself

Published: 15/11/2008



frustrated: Chris Maguire.

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DONS striker Chris Maguire wants the chance to prove he can lead the attack today – and pile on more misery for Hibs.


The 19-year-old is frustrated he has been left to warm the bench this season.


Buoyed by a debut Scotland Under-21 call, Maguire is desperate to prove his worth at Easter Road.


He said: “This season has been so frustrating because I have been on the bench for most of the games.


“I would have liked a lot more starts because I know I can score goals.


“My last start was towards the beginning of the season, so it was a boost to be named in the Scotland U-21 squad.


“All I can do is work hard in training and keep scoring goals for the reserves which I have been doing.


“I want the chance to play Hibs as I have always played well against them and received praise from the gaffer for that.


“If that break comes along today I am ready to grab it with both hands.


“Hibs have lost their last couple of games at home, so we have to go down there looking for three points.


“I want to give them another defeat, and hopefully I can get the chance to play a part in that.â€


Struggling Hibs have not won a game since they overcome the Dons 2-1 at Pittodrie on October 4.


In contrast Aberdeen have enjoyed a mini-revival to break into the top six.


And Maguire reckons they will never have a better chance of leaving Easter Road with three points.


“Every time we play Hibs it is always very close,†he said.


“Aberdeen should have beaten them last time at Pittodrie as we created much more chances, we just couldn’t take them.


“It is vital we put that right at Easter Road and capitalise on our good play.


“On their day Hibs can be a really good team who pass the ball well, but we know Aberdeen can beat them.


“It is up to us to go out there today and prove that by scoring goals and moving up the SPL table.â€


A 2-1 midweek win over St Mirren elevated Aberdeen up into fifth place in the SPL, just five points behind Dundee United in third.


And after tasting European football with the Dons last season Maguire is out to overhaul United - and secure a UEFA Cup berth.


“We must beat Hibs today to start a run of form,†he said.


“The lads were happy to get into the top six after the win over St Mirren, but we want more.


“We want to move higher and higher up the league, and take that third spot.â€


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Miller and Mackie are our most in form players just now. If the rest of the team create more chances than in previous games for them they will soon be hitting the net more regular.  :thumbsup:


Completely agree, there is no way any other striker could warrant either Mackie or Miller being dropped for them. Incidentally, what have Maguire's performances been like for the reserves?

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