Celtic’s defence may not face a 90 minute battle with Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove, as Dons boss Derek McInnes has disclosed that the player may not start the game when the teams meet on Sunday, reports BBC Sport.

The striker, who has scored 21 goals this season, would have been expected to start the match, as he is the Pittodrie team’s top scorer.

Scored in last meeting between teams

He also scored Aberdeen’s goal in the last match between the teams, the Hoops’ 2-1 win in December.

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However, McInnes has stated that he may be left on the bench, after missing out on the midweek game against Motherwell, as other players deserve an opportunity to start.

Sam Cosgrove celebrates a goal

Sam Cosgrove celebrates a goal (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“It comes to a point where you have to be fair to the boy himself – and he will come again, whether he starts on Sunday or comes off the bench” McInnes said, as quoted by BBC Sport.

 

“For far too long, we’ve depended on him this season, looking for others to chip in – and the boy is deserving of a break.”

Mind games by rival manager?

Neil Lennon will be intrigued by McInnes’ comments. They could very well be mind games by the Aberdeen boss.

Lennon will most likely expect Cosgrove to start the game. It would be like Celtic leaving Odsonne Edouard out of the side, it is not going to happen.

Sam Cosgrove in action for Aberdeen

Sam Cosgrove in action for Aberdeen (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

How Celtic’s defence fare against Cosgrove – should he play – will be a key aspect of the game. The Hoops will need to stop finding the back of the net like he did in the last meeting between the teams.

Should they be able to do that, then Celtic will be confident of maintaining their winning run.

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