Report: Aberdeen to miss as many as 5 players for Celtic visit tonight

By David Walton

February 9, 2022

Aberdeen are set to miss as many as 5 first-team stars for the visit of Celtic in the Premiership tonight, according to BT Sport.

BT claim that number 1 shot-stopper Joe Lewis is likely to be sidelined this evening through illness. Youngster Connor Barron is to miss out for the same reason.

Attacking spark Marley Watkins is out until next month after Stephen Glass confirmed he picked up an injury as far back as Boxing Day [Press and Journal]. The Celtic clash will come too quickly for the Englishman.

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Aberdeen will also be missing Andrew Considine and Mikey Devlin too – both men having been out for more or less the entire campaign.

Lewis is undoubtedly the standout absentee if he doesn’t recover from illness in time. Back-up deputy Gary Woods will therefore likely start tonight’s game, having yet to keep a clean sheet in any of his 3 appearances this season.

Aberdeen manager Glass has already confirmed that he hopes to have Scott Brown available tonight. The former Celtic captain sat out the 2-1 loss at Livingston on Saturday [Press and Journal].

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Yet as much as Lewis’ absence would be a big blow for the Dons, they are seriously struggling in the final third without Watkins.

Watkins was a regular in the Aberdeen starting XI during the first half of the campaign. Nowadays, the Pittodrie frontline looks a lot different after his injury and the sale of Ryan Hedges to Blackburn Rovers.

Teddy Jenks started in that number 10 role whilst new signing Vicente Besuijen is still settling into the club after playing on the right against Ross County and Livi respectively. But irrespective of how you look at it, Aberdeen are struggling for goals.

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They’ve lost 2 of their best flair players since we last went to Pittodrie, whilst their first-choice goalkeeper is also likely to miss tonight’s game. As much as we can’t take anything for granted, Aberdeen have the look of a weaker side than what we saw earlier this season.

They’ll likely still put up a stubborn fight. We saw in their 2-2 draw with Rangers last month just how difficult they can make it for better-quality opposition. But after having failed to score more than 1 goal in 6 of their last 7 league games, it’s difficult to see too much of a threat.

Hopefully that proves to be the case when we take to the Pittodrie turf tonight.

In other news, 3 more changes after Motherwell rout, 2 big attacking swaps; Celtic predicted XI vs Aberdeen