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Norwich City starlet James Maddison gears up for his big cup final date against Celtic

PUBLISHED: 11:50 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:57 23 November 2016

Norwich City's on-loan starlet James Maddison is gearing up for Aberdeen's Scottish League Cup final against Celtic. Picture: PA

Norwich City's on-loan starlet James Maddison is gearing up for Aberdeen's Scottish League Cup final against Celtic. Picture: PA

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Norwich City prospect James Maddison aims to impress Alex Neil in the biggest game of his young career when loan club Aberdeen bid to shock Celtic in Sunday's Scottish League Cup final at Hampden.

The midfielder, who turned 20 on Wednesday, wants a winner’s medal before returning to Norfolk to cap a successful loan Pittodrie loan stint, which is scheduled to end on January 4.

“A player’s career is judged on winner’s medals and silverware,” he said. “Nobody ever remembers who comes second, so we are going to Hampden to try to win the final. It will be the biggest game I have been involved in so far in my short career. One of the reasons I came up to Aberdeen on loan was to play in big games such as a cup final against Celtic. I am really looking forward to it.

“Coming to Aberdeen and playing in Scotland has been great for me. We are set to play in a cup final and are sitting second in the league table, so it couldn’t have gone much better, really. I have also scored a couple of goals and have also pitched in with a few assists. The manager and the lads at the club have also been great with me. The reason you go on loan is because you are not playing and you want to get games to show everyone what you are about.”

The former Coventry City academy product is not fazed by performing in front of a 52,000 sell-out, with the Dons selling 22,000 tickets.

“It wasn’t even half full for the semi-final but it will be packed on Sunday, so the atmosphere will be electric,” the City loanee told the Aberdeen Evening Express. “Playing in huge games is what every player wants. I have never played at Wembley and hopefully I will get to do that in the future. That is something for me to aim towards.

“Football is my job and I just love playing the game. There is always going to be huge anticipation before a cup final because it is such a massive event. Everyone around the club and the fans are buzzing about the final. All the players are buzzing, and we will go to Hampden with high hopes. You can really sense the excitement building among the fans. Aberdeen have a fantastic support who have been brilliant with me since I came to the club. We owe the Aberdeen fans travelling to Hampden a big performance, and hopefully we can win the cup for them.”

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