Tis the season to smash jobbers, and fresh from walking over the top of Hearts without even trying, it’s now time for our usual three points against perennial bottlers Aberdeen FC.
Oliver Ntcham’s tweet yesterday even showed the level of ‘respect’ that our players have for this mob, not even acknowledging this game as the derby in nine days time is clearly the Big Dog Fixture.
Boli Bolingoli and Hatem Abd Elhamed remain sidelined through injury, although Jonny Hayes returned to first-team action at Tynecastle on Wednesday night. Either Hayes or Greg Taylor will slot in a left-back, while Jeremie Frimpong or Moritz Bauer will start on the opposite flank. Mohamed Elyounoussi, who was not fit for the 2-0 win over Hearts, is not expected to feature as his recovery continues.
McInnes, meanwhile, has Funso Ojo back in his first-team plans after the midfielder started the Dons’ game against Hamilton last weekend. Craig Bryson is still recovering from an ankle injury, but Aberdeen are hopeful that full-back Greg Leigh will be fit in time for the visit to Fortress CP.
The pittodrie outfit have been in somewhat patchy form recently. A horror showing at Easter Road was sandwiched in between a decent recovery against Rangers, and a dismal victory over Hamilton, but we should come flying out of the blocks and have far too much for them.
I fancy Forrest to get back to scoring ways, and we could even patronise them further by playing Bayo for the second half if we’re a few goals up.
TJDS SHOOT PREDICTION:
Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen.