McInnes hopeful that his side can take advantage of Celtic exertions

By John Reid

October 26, 2019

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hopes that his team can take advantage of having a free week in the build-up to Sunday’s game at Pittodrie.

Whilst Aberdeen had a week without a game, Celtic defeated Lazio in an emotional Europa League game in Glasgow on Thursday, which the Hoops won 2-1.

The Hoops now have a game less than 72 later, and McInnes knows form his own experience that teams often find it difficult to get going so soon after such a big game.

“I’m sure Neil (Lennon) would prefer a full week to prepare for the game” he said, as reported by the Evening Express.

“You feel undercooked”

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“I’ve felt it myself when we’ve played on a Thursday. You feel undercooked in terms of your physical preparation going into the game on Sunday. That might be one of the advantages we have over Celtic – but they have a hell of a big squad with a lot of quality players in there.”

As McInnes says, the Hoops do have a big enough squad to make some changes to the team that started against Lazio. However, Neil Lennon will be concerned about the trip to Pittodrie. He will be looking to avoid a repeat of Celtic’s last post-Europe league match, when they lost 2-0 to Livingston.

Hoops should be full of confidence going into game

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Celtic should be full of confidence for the game though, not only did they defeat Lazio, but they have an excellent recent record at Aberdeen.

However, as McInnes explains, the Hoops won’t get much training done before the game, which is the fear about being ‘undercooked’ comes in. Lennon will have to keep that in mind when he selects his starting line-up for the game.

Celtic will play a strong side, of that there is little doubt. But it will be intriguing to see how many changes the Hoops boss makes for the game. It promises to be a very interesting afternoon at Pittodrie.