11 February 2020 18:36
Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove, who was widely touted with Stoke City last month, has hit a brick wall in front of goal. The 23 year-old striker was scoring for fun before the turn of the year and was linked to several Championship clubs like Stoke and Derby. He became the first Aberdeen striker for nearly four decades to reach 20 goals before Christmas and the sky was seemingly the limit. But he (and his team) has now gone five games without hitting the back of the net and there are grumbles north of the border that all the transfer talk has got to him. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has told the Evening Express: "We are waiting for Sam Cosgrove to get up and running and sometimes it can be as simple as a penalty-kick to get him going again.
"If you don't score in five games you deserve stick. "I am angry and embarrassed that we have not scored again for the fifth game in a row. Clearly that is where we need to get better." Cosgrove and Aberdeen hope to break their duck at Hamilton tonight, weather permitting, before hosting Celtic on Sunday. Upcoming Celtic opponents Aberdeen are in quite a state at the moment, with Neil Lennon and his squad set to visit Pittodrie on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership. Derek McInnes' team haven't scored a single goal in their last five matches, finding themselves on the receiving end of defeats to Motherwell and St Johnstone.
He believes there will be serious questions asked about McInnes is poor results continue. As quoted by BBC Scotland, Commons said: "It's probably one of the most testing times for Derek McInnes. Although the upcoming matches against Hamilton and Kilmarnock will be seen as the big games from an Aberdeen perspective, the visit of free-scoring Celtic is unlikely to be anticipated with enthusiasm by Dons supporters. The game against the Scottish champions won't wholly define McInnes' future, just as Commons alludes to, but a heavy defeat certainly won't help him out. However, it's also likely the Aberdeen players will be looking at the high-profile TV match as a chance to turn their season around. Celtic have scored 19 goals in the last six meetings at Sunday's venue, winning all of those matches and conceding just three. All that Lennon and his Hoops stars will care about is the three points. They won't be thinking about what it means for McInnes. However, it is certainly one of the prominent narratives heading into the fixture and piling the pressure on one of our closest rivals in recent years wouldn't go amiss. Storm Ciara has been a talking point in Scottish football this week- and David Moyo is hoping Hamilton can blow Aberdeen further off course after a sticky run. Accies go into tonight's match with the Dons looking to create some unwanted history for their away side. Should Derek McInnes' men fail to hit the net in South Lanarkshire, it'll be the longest run of games without a goal in their history, having failed to score in their last five. Accies are aware of this but Moyo says it's all about focusing on Hamilton and their own goals. They need the points too, finding themselves 11th in the Premiership currently. A win would move them level on points with St Mirren in tenth and cut Hearts four points adrift at the bottom ahead of a Jambos trip to Celtic. Moyo knows the storm will bring its own test but Accies must still seek three points. "The conditions are carnage and it looks really difficult to play in," said Moyo. "We'll need to see how it is. It's horrible to play in. I think it's more luck. "They've not scored in five games so hopefully we can keep that run going. We just need to focus on us and what we're good at doing. "I think when you get on the pitch and you see their fans are turning on them, we try and keep the momentum on our side. "But we don't really speak about it in the changing room. But we just want to get the three points." DEREK McINNES will face some "big questions" if he fails to deliver in Aberdeen's next three games, starting this evening at Hamilton Accies. That's the view of former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons whose old club will travel to Pittodrie on Sunday for a High Noon shoot-out. Remarkably, the Dons have failed to score in five games since the turn of the year, but they hope to stop the rot against Brian Rice's side at the FYO Stadium before the weekend visit of the champions who rattled in four goals in the first-half of their previous visit to the north east and they they face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Scottish Cup replay. Former Scotland international Commons, speaking to the BBC, said: "It's probably one of the most testing times for Derek McInnes. "This is probably the first time he's felt really under pressure. Three vitals games and if he comes through, it can change his season around. "If he doesn't get through in the Cup and drops points against Hamilton, there will be more than just boos, there'll be some big, big questions about Derek McInnes's future. "The Hamilton and Kilmarnock games are must wins." McInnes has led the team into the Europa League qualifiers in each of the past six seasons and won the League Cup in 2014. But the team have been jeered at the end of their stumbling performances at home this year.