It looks as though Aberdeen are once again having a troubling time of it ahead of their return to Celtic Park.
According to the Daily Record, McInnes’ injuries are starting to pile up with as many as four key players potentially missing the game on Saturday.
In the run-up to the last contest, the Dons were in crisis. Supporters were furious with chairman Dave Cormack postponing a Q&A amidst major pressure on McInnes. They had yet to score in five consecutive matches and would make it six at Parkhead before breaking that particular duck in a 1-0 home win vs Kilmarnock on Saturday.
However, it looks as though there are more problems for McInnes to contend with. With Greg Leigh and Ryan Hedges already injured for Saturday, the Record has reported that both Fraser Hornby and Jonny Hayes could join them.
Hornby was a menace at Parkhead last week and, along with Florian Kamberi, caused Celtic problems in the final third. Hayes also started the game but had a lesser effect. Unfortunately for McInnes, Hornby seems to have pulled a thigh muscle at the weekend. The Record reports that McInnes will find out the details today, but the initial signs aren’t good.
Aberdeen having no luck ahead of Celtic Park clash
Hayes, meanwhile, missed the game against Killie on Saturday. His second return to Parkhead looks likely to be next season as he’s been deemed a major doubt.
It will be interesting to see how the Dons line up this weekend. Last Wednesday, McInnes went with a two-striker system and it provided Aberdeen with some big chances. A straight swap putting Callum Hendry in for Hornby looks likely. McInnes will surely see no reason as to why he shouldn’t have another go this weekend.
For many Celtic fans, Saturday couldn’t be any more of an irrelevance. After dropping 18 points behind our rivals in this sorry excuse for a title-race, Rangers only need seven points to secure the title. Seven points from a remaining eight games.
There’s now such apathy from many towards both the manager and the football club as a whole. This Saturday’s fixture isn’t the exciting prospect that it should be. It has all the makings of a glorified friendly.
That’s party due to the fact we’re also still miles ahead of the likes of Aberdeen and Hibs too. Despite our struggles, Celtic are 12 clear of Hibs having played a game more. Aberdeen sit a further four points behind. There’s effectively very little if not nothing to play for now.
Hopefully we can end the season somewhat strongly, but Sunday’s embarrassment in Dingwall makes that unlikely too. As for this weekend, however, it looks as though McInnes will be missing some key players.