Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists he will not enter into a series of mind games with Inverness counterpart John Hughes ahead of this weekend's Scottish League Cup final.
The Dons meet Caley at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Sunday which comes after Hughes complained about having an extra fixture to play in the way of a Scottish Premiership clash with Hibernian on Wednesday night.
Hughes suggested his Inverness side had been harshly dealt a midweek match while Aberdeen are free to prepare for the cup decider but McInnes is unsure if the Caley boss is kicking up a fuss or just trying to get inside the head of the Pittodrie outfit.
"I don't know if it's mind games, you'd need to ask him (Hughes)," said McInnes.
"But I'm a bit confused. Last week he said he'd rather have a game, that 'these boys would rather play than train.' So which is it?
"You know, we both had a (Scottish) cup tie at the weekend and we both ran the risk of getting injuries and suspensions. We can only really speak about our preparation and we've had a lot of games recently as well with one or two injuries and concerns.
"From my point of view, would I like a midweek game before a cup final? Absolutely not. But I thought I read comments from him (Hughes) last week about how he was happy with the game."
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