Date: 9th September 2015 at 5:03pm
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A late surge by Aberdeen saw them retain the Energy Cities Cup yesterday in the semi friendly against Viking FK.

Having conceded the opening goal to the opponents in the third minute – a lead they deserved given their far stronger showing in the first half, Aberdeen rallied in the second period and hit back with goals coming from Scott Wright and Kenny McLean in the final 30 minutes of the match.

A weakened squad owing to international duty pulled out the win, and of course it’s extra minute in the tank for some players with the seniors that were missing, and manager Derek McInnes would’ve no doubt been impressed with youngster Joe Nuttall’s showing.

Aberdeen:

Brown, Logan (Shinnie 46), Considine (Taylor 46), Flood (Storie 62), Smith, Robson (Jack 62), Pawlett (Nuttal 76), Goodwillie (McLean 46), Quinn (Hayes 62), Ross (Wright 46), Rose.

Sub:

Mutch.

Viking:

Austbø, Danielsen, Soares, Sigurdsson, Haugen, Thioune, Jørgensen, Adegbenro, Bytyqi, Abdullahi, Moore.

Subs:

Østbø, Sverrisson, Thorsteinsson, Solli, Kleppa, Bringaker, Flåte.

Coming from behind in the game would’ve given everybody a boost as we go into the clash with Celtic now, and McInnes has told Sky Sports that everybody knows how important it is for us to try and take victory and a positive result.

With us opening the campaign with five victories matching the sequence of the 1984-85 title winning side, McInnes knows that counts for little unless we reverse last season’s four losses to Celtic, and take the win this time of asking.

‘Nobody will really remember the records with this team, we want the team to be remembered for winning trophies, that’s your best gauge of success. It’s been a good start but we feel there is more to come. We managed to beat Celtic a couple of times the season before last but last season we didn’t and that doesn’t sit well with us. We have decent records against every other team in the league but Celtic were the one team we had problems getting results against. The performances against them were by and large not too bad but we haven’t managed to get winning performances against then. For me Saturday is all about the result more than the performance. We are looking for improvement.’

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