Derek McInnes ruing injury woes ahead of Celtic visit

By David Walton

April 30, 2019

Derek McInnes’ injury problems were a concern for him heading into the game at Ibrox on Sunday.

Therefore, with a further injury and suspension picked up, his side are looking extremely thin for Celtic’s visit this Saturday.

Indeed, Aberdeen could be missing as many as EIGHT first-team regulars from their squad. It looks certain to be an extremely makeshift Dons side that pitches up at Pittodrie, with Celtic aiming for a title party.

Aberdeen will be without Gary Mackay-Steven for the visit of Celtic this Saturday (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Hoops needs just one point from the Granite City to seal their eighth consecutive Premiership title. McInnes, meanwhile, has opened up on some fresh injury concerns for Saturday. Speaking in the Aberdeen Evening Express, the Dons boss said the following:

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“We will see who is fit and available and will go and have a go again on Saturday. We went to Ibrox without six starters as we are really up against it with injuries.

“It looks like a tear (Connor McLennan). Grade one will be a couple of weeks at best. Anything more than that and it will be the end of the season for him.”

A full rundown of injuries and suspensions

Andrew Considine is the only player suspended for Saturday. He picked up a red card at Ibrox last weekend, and because it was two yellow cards, the Dons can’t appeal the decision.

But it’s the injuries that will concern McInnes more than anything. McLennan is certain to be out this weekend. He’ll likely join Niall McGinn, Graeme Shinnie, Gary Mackay-Steven, Shay Logan, and Tommie Hoban.

Greg Stewart has also been struggling in recent times with a nerve problem. Despite that, he still made the bench against Rangers and did feature in the second half.

Neil Lennon could be all smiles when he sees Aberdeen’s injury problems (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But if all eight players are out, Aberdeen won’t have one natural winger in their squad. They’ll also need to toss in a weakened midfield too, and that should bode well for Celtic.

Of course, the same could’ve been said of Kilmarnock last weekend. With Stuart Findlay and Kirk Broadfoot suspended, it looked an easy task to breach the Ayrshire side. But, instead, both Gary Dicker and Alex Bruce put in terrific individual performances on the day.

The same could happen for Aberdeen’s replacements on Saturday. But with the sheer volume of first-team regulars likely to be out, it surely must give us an even better chance of securing the point we need to seal the title.