Aberdeen v Celtic

Paul Fisher reports….

Sunday 30th January, 3pm, Hampden Park

One thing that Marc McGhee left behind at Aberdeen was a run in the Co-op Insurance cup. A tough tie awaits against an improving Celtic side, that are battling their way towards a chance at their first league title in three years.

The manner in which these sides reached this stage of the competition is quite different though, Aberdeen are yet to face an SPL side after victories over Alloa Athletic, Raith Rovers and Falkirk. Celtic on the other hand had to face well travelled Inverness, who they dispatched 6-0 in a rare dip in form for Terry Butcher’s men on their travels and then a victory away to St Johnstone set up the clash with Craig Brown and his team.

There are a few crucial players that need to be watched this coming weekend from both sides. A newly signed Kris Commons could make his debut for Celtic. Nick Blackman has joined forces with Craig Brown and Archie Knox for a second time after leaving Motherwell. Also they will be looking to strikers Chris Maguire and Scott Vernon to do something special at Hampden in order to avoid a 9-0 drubbing like the one received at earlier in the season.

Scott Vernon could be crucial for Dons chances

For Celtic it has to be strike partners Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes that will provide the flair in the Celtic attack but a crucial position has to be at the heart of the defence and it will be a massive game for Charlie Mulgrew to step in.

For me, I think Celtic will be just too strong for an Aberdeen side who are playing well. We all know that anything can happen in the cup, and Aberdeen and their support will know this too. I am going out on a limb and will predict a 3-0 victory for Celtic with Stokes and Hooper sharing the three goals.

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