Date: 2nd May 2009 at 9:51am
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Aberdeen host Celtic in the first of their post split fixtures. Its only two weeks since aberdeen went down 2-0 at Parkhead but last time the teams met at Pittodrie Aberdeen ran out 4-2 winners.

Vital Quotes:

Jimmy Calderwood told the BBC:

‘We haven’t been beaten at home since October. Admittedly, we have drawn too many games during that time, but it says an awful lot about the character of the boys to go so long without a defeat.

‘We are also currently sitting on more points now than we had at this time last season, which isn’t bad considering the criticism we have had.

‘A draw may turn out to be a good result for us, depending on what happens elsewhere.

‘Celtic are on fire at the moment, so a draw may give us a boost going into the last four games. If Dundee United and Hearts both lose then it would be a very good point to get.’

While Chris Maguire spoke to the Evening Express:

“Coming up against Celtic doesn`t bother me.

“It will be tough because they are top of the league, but I aim to do a good job.

“When you come up against the Old Firm you have to take a step up and do your best to impress.”

Aberdeen Team News:

Aberdeen are without Lee Miller, Darren Mackie, Jamie Smith, Derek Young and Zander Diamond. Leaving a clear lack of attacking options. However Mark kerr is likely to return for the dons.

Player to watch: Mark Kerr

the midfielder plays today, for the first time since his clash with Rob Jones. He will need to control the midfield if Aberdeen are to have any chance of taking all three points.

Celtic Team News:

Scott Brown is banned. While Robson, O’Dea, Samaras, Flood and Wilson all miss out through injury. McManus and Nakamura are likely to be fit.

Player to watch: Gary Caldwell

To win today, aberdeens attack, short of Miller and Mackie, will have to breach a strong Celtic defence to which Caldwell is vital.

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