Celtic had an early road trip this morning traveling north to face Aberdeen. The game kicks off at 12.15.
After the midweek heroics in the comeback win against Lazio, an early trip to play the Dons wouldn’t be the fixture of choice. Especially after the performance we put in against Livingston after the Cluj game. Hopefully the players have learned their lesson from that one and are right up for this one.
Aberdeen are sitting 5th in the league, seven points behind the league leaders. Motherwell and Killie are a point and two points ahead of them. Their record is W4, D3, L2. A good 3-0 win last weekend away to Motherwell brought them closer to The Steelmen in the league.
Having played last week before Rangers, Celtic again have the opportunity to put a bit of pressure on them. Motherwell are the visitors to Ibrox.
Manager Neil Lennon is conscious of the fact we struggled after the Cluj game.
“We have looked at historical reports on Thursday to Sunday games and, in the main, when we make more than three changes, it can be detrimental to the result and the performance,” Lennon said in the pre match press conference.
“We played in Stockholm and then played Rangers on the Sunday morning and won, with one change. Then, after Rennes away, we made one change for Kilmarnock on the Sunday and we won.
“Then we played Cluj and played well, and then made one change for Livinsgton and we lost, although the fact we were down to 10 men might have affected that as well, so obviously discipline is going to be important on Sunday also.
“With us not having Ryan it’s a big loss, because he’s got 12 goals now and who knows how many assists, so he is bang on form. We love working with him and I think he’s really thriving on the responsibility that we’re giving him as well.”
It should be a tough game, expect Aberdeen to come flying out the traps but if we withstand the early pressure then we are always likely to score. It’s a crucial game for us in the league race.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.