Date: 9th April 2007 at 10:11pm
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Aberdeen will start the healing process after Saturday`s mauling to Dundee United when the Dons seconds take on the Celtic equivalents.

Willie McStay and Kenny McDowell will bring their newly crowned Reserve League Champions to Montrose`s Links Park and the Dons could sorely do with a win to lift the mood at Pittodrie.

Beating Celtic even at this level would be a boost as it would be no mean feat against a side that have held the Reserve League Championship title now for the last six seasons but it`s looking ominous as the Aberdeen seconds currently sit bottom.

Aberdeen will of course be using the game to give some of the fringe players and those returning from injury some match practice and Zander Diamond, Karim Touzani, Chris Maguire and Lee Miller are all expected to figure.

Congratulations to Celtic for their league success. It proves that success comes from within and that Celtic will have strength in depth with players ready to promote to the firsts soon as they recently have done with internationalists Shaun Maloney, Aiden McGeady, Craig Beattie, David Marshall and others.

Celtic have shown how serious they are about youth development already this season by snatching esteemed coach Kenny McDowell from Hibs as well as developing a new training complex.

It`s good to see that Aberdeen are not taking the poor performance of their second string this season lying down and have brought in more development officers to work in new areas for the club, such as the goldmine that seems to be in Edinburgh at present, and to bolster existing strongholds.

If Celtic win the SPL early as expected, there will be no doubt that Gordon Strachan will use some of his young boys in the first team in the meaningless SPL matches that will follow.

See the Celtic stars of tomorrow and how their young Dons counterparts, as well as some of the first team, fair against them for only £5 or £2 for concessions tomorrow night at links Park, kick off 7pm.