Jim Goodwin happy to give away Sunday Aberdeen tactics; could play into Celtic hands

By Dave Flanigan

July 30, 2022

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has said that he’s preparing his players not to sit back at Celtic Park for tomorrow’s Scottish Premiership curtain raiser, despite expecting the Hoops to deliver a party atmosphere.

It’s Aberdeen’s first visit to Paradise with Goodwin in the dugout, the former Celtic youth graduate replaced Stephen Glass after a poor run of results for the Pittodrie side, who eventually finished 4th in the table.

As reported by Aberdeen Live, Goodwin said: “You could say it’s a bit of a baptism of fire, there’s no doubt about that. It doesn’t get much tougher than going to play the league champions on a day when there is a big celebration and a party atmosphere.

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“This is why these players have come to Scotland, they want to be involved in these big games, they want to test themselves against top opposition.

The games is going to be broadcast live on TV so it’s a great opportunity for the lads, to not only show our own supporters at Aberdeen what they are capable of, but to show the rest of the world as well that they are good players and can play for a club of this size.”

Aberdeen have enjoyed an imperious run in the Premier Sports Cup group stage, winning all four games without conceding a goal, and Goodwin isn’t planning on hindering his side’s attacking ambition despite visiting the home of the champions.

“The lads that have got the jersey at the moment have been very good up to now. I don’t intend on going to Parkhead and changing our system to a back five and sit deep and defend for 90 minutes,” he said.

“We’re going to go there and play our usual system that the boys have adapted to during the course of pre-season and we’ll go there. We know we are going to have to be disciplined defensively, we know we are going to have to concentrate for the 90 minutes because it is a step up in opposition to what we played already.

“But I do believe I’ve got players in my team that can cause them problems as well. We’ll give them the respect that we’ve given everybody up till now but we are not going to go there and play with any fear. We’re going to go there and try and take the game to them and if we do that I think we’ve got a chance of getting a result.”

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Despite their good early season form, Aberdeen will no doubt be cautious of being too open at what promises to be a raucous Celtic Park for its 10th flag day in 11 seasons.

Despite not playing any competitive games due to a lack of Champions League qualifiers, Ange Postecoglou’s men have been in fine fettle in pre-season, winning four of their six games and going unbeaten.

It should be an entertaining watch at Celtic Park tomorrow as both sides look to get their league season off to a flyer, lets hope it’s the home side who come out on top.

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