Aberdeen captain believes Colak is a better striker than Morelos

The Dons skipper knows who he would rather face in the Viaplay Cup semi-final.

Aberdeen captain Anthony Stewart believes Antonio Colak is a better striker than Alfredo Morelos SNS Group

Aberdeen captain Anthony Stewart has faced Rangers strikers Antonio Colak and Alfredo Morelos this season and knows which one he hopes to take on at Hampden.

The Dons face Rangers at the national stadium on Sunday with a place in the Viaplay Cup final on the line for the winner.

Stewart is likely to have a busy afternoon marking whoever Rangers manager Michael Beale selects as his starting striker, and he believes Colak would be the more difficult opponent.

“For me, they are two completely different strikers,” he said. “I do rate one better than the other.

“I would say Colak is a better striker than Morelos, in my opinion.

“Just their all-round game, I have played against both of them and I can give my opinion on them.

“I’ll watch both of their clips so I’ll know how to go up against them.”

Aberdeen will travel to Glasgow hoping to exorcise the memory of their last meeting with Rangers, when two Scott Arfield goals in injury time saw the visitors turn a 2-1 defeat into a 3-2 victory at Pittodrie.

Stewart admitted the pain of letting a notable victory slip away was acute but that Sunday would be a whole new game.

Reflecting on December’s defeat he said: “Next day we had a meeting and went through the things we did in the game. It did take a little while and it was a massive blow, the style we lost the game.  

“We had done well to go ahead and were controlling the game for large periods but two lapses in concentration and we lost the game 3-2.

“It was devastating at the time but it’s something that we will learn from.

“It’s going to be a completely different game. League and cup games are always different, there’s going to be a bigger capacity crowd.

“Ultimately I think as a team we’ve just got to stick together, stick to the plan and not let little moments in the game cause the same problem as before.”

The chance to progress to the final and have an opportunity to lift the trophy is motivating Stewart and he believes the team can have success if they play to their abilities.

“Winning silverware is what any professional sets out to do,” he said. “Winning on Sunday is massive but at the same time it’s another opportunity to build confidence as a team and understand that we are able to compete against the biggest sides in the league.

“We’ve got a good bunch of players and we know what we are capable of on our day. It’s about doing it more often and getting that consistency.”

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