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Aberdeen set for Scottish League Cup trophy parade

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Image caption Tens of thousands of Aberdeen fans were at the game

Aberdeen FC will parade the Scottish League Cup trophy through the city next Sunday afternoon.

Tens of thousands of fans travelled to Glasgow for the 4-2 penalty shoot out victory over Inverness.

The open-top bus parade will start at 13:00 at Albyn Place, and go along Union Street to the Town House.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam believes the parade will give the whole city the chance to celebrate the team's success.

He said: "We've waited a long time to see another open-top bus parade down Union Street. It's great that we can keep this tradition alive and give the whole Red Army the chance to see their heroes with the trophy.

"If the size of the support at the cup final is anything to go by I am sure we are going to see an enormous and very noisy crowd cheering the team through the centre of Aberdeen."

'Celebrate together'

He added: "There were lots of sore heads and hoarse throats on Monday morning, but the result was worth every single one of them.

"This is another opportunity to give the fans a chance to celebrate together."

After a special meeting, Aberdeen City Councillors agreed that up to £25,000 from the city's Common Good Fund should be made available to fund the parade which marks the team's first major silverware in 19 years.

Meanwhile, club chairman Stewart Milne told BBC Scotland that he believes the Pittodrie club are on the verge of plenty of success.

He said: "I think we've got a special manager and a great management team.

"They're starting to build a team that's hopefully going to take us back to the right end of Scottish football."

Police Scotland praised both sets of fans.

Ch Supt Adrian Watson, north lead for match commanders, said: "The overwhelming majority of fans behaved absolutely impeccably and were a credit to their teams."

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