Date: 31st October 2015 at 11:02am
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Ahead of the lunchtime meeting with Celtic, which will probably make or break Aberdeen’s Scottish Premiership chances this season, Jonny Hayes has spoken about being ‘the underdogs.’

Which, he feels, will suit the Dons, with him probably right!

He’s also spoken about the job Derek McInnes does in ‘deflecting stuff’ and taking ‘the brunt of the criticism’ away from the players, which he’s done a lot recently with Aberdeen taking just one points from the last 12-points on offer ahead of this 12:30pm kick-off.

After eight wins from the opening eight-matches in the Premiership Aberdeen were flying with Hayes basically saying you take ‘the rough with the smooth.’

‘You take the good and the bad. The manager deflects stuff and takes the brunt of it if there’s criticism.

‘He has always done that for us. He doesn’t let outside opinion affect us, whether it be good or bad.

‘On Monday morning when we come in we focus on the next game in hand. That has always been the way we have gone about our business and it has been no different this week.’

Many view this, which again would probably be the right way to view is, as a ‘must win’ game for Aberdeen as during this woeful run Celtic have amassed 10-points from the 12-points on offer, dropping only two in a draw top open up a gap at the top, which would become even bigger with a win today.

Hayes, of course sent off in the two-one win over Celtic in the previous meeting, knows this is the ‘hardest match’ of the season with a repeat performance of the one at Pittodrie something he’s looking for.

‘It’s about the hardest match of the league campaign. We are well aware of the challenge that awaits.

‘When we beat them at Pittodrie we played very well, going down to 10 men as well. If we are going to win we will need to produce a performance like that.

‘It’s a big game but it’s three points, at the end of the day. We need to go there looking to get back to winning ways.’

The winger finished by saying this is a game ‘you look forward to’ with him also looking forward to the ‘good support following us down’ with the underdog tag, which virtually every side at Celtic Park have, something he’s happy to have and feels it’ll benefit the Dons.

‘Every team in this league that goes to Celtic Park is always the underdog. It’s down to Celtic’s success. Going there as the underdog maybe suits us. Celtic are expected to win in front of their own fans so if we can upset that we will be happy.’

We’re now just 90-minutes away from a pivotal game, with the time for talking to stop with actions needing to speak louder than words….

Quotes – BBC.

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