The Dons travel to Ayrshire to take on the might of Jim Jeffries’ squirrel army in a match both team will feel they can win.
Why do Killie have squirrels anyway?
Jimmy Calderwood:- ‘They will be hurting from the League Cup final defeat by Hibernian so we know it will not be an easy afternoon. Although it is unlikely, mathematically they can still catch us and I know what Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown are like. They are both very determined characters and will really have their players up for it. They also have a lot of good professionals like Gary Locke and Steven Naismith. It is a very difficult place to go and win. We had a couple of victories early on in my days here but more recently we have struggled.
”This could be the most vital win of the season.
‘If we leave Rugby Park with three points, it will be a disaster for at least one of the Edinburgh clubs, no matter what happens at Easter Road.’
Craig Brewster:- ‘It is a big one for us on Saturday, but hopefully the Rangers game is out of the system. It is the same for Kilmarnock as they had a disappointing cup final so there is a lot at stake for both clubs. They are trying to push up the table and we are trying to cement that 3rd spot as our own. Saturday we will need eleven players playing to their best. I know Jim and Billy well and they have done a fabulous job over the years. It will be a close game and could come down to a bit of magic from some one and lets hope it is an Aberdeen player.’
Kilmarnock FC Team News:
Kilmarnock will be without Cup Final calamity ‘keeper Alan Combe and winger Allan Johnston.
Kilmarnock squad: Smith, Frazer, Lilley, Sylla, Wright, Greer, Ford, Hay, Di Giacomo, Locke, Fowler, Leven, Wales, Nish, Naismith, Smith, Harpur, Murray, O’Leary.
Player to watch: Colin Nish
Stevie Naismith is the obvious player to think will be the man to cause to Dons bother today as he is by far their most talented and is the clubs top goal scorer. However, a lot of attention must be paid to big 6’3′ Colin Nish who has amassed ten goals this season which equals Aberdeen’s Darren Mackie who has been Aberdeen’s most prolific.
Aberdeen FC Team News:
Jimmy will wish he’d kept his mouth shut after boasting that he’d have his full complement of players back after injury but finds that he has 5 first team players out for this game.
s well as the injuries to Barry Nicholson, Jamie Smith and Karim Touzani, Calderwood will be without both his full backs in Ricky Foster and Michael Hart who will be serving suspensions.
He can however call on Richie Byrne who looks to have been fully rehabilitated and should start for the Dons.
angfield, Anderson, Diamond, Considine, Lovell, Maguire, Severin, Clark, Miller, Mackie, Dempsey, Soutar, Brewster, D Smith, Byrne, Winter, Donald, S Smith.
Player to watch: Richie Byrne
The Irishman will make his return to top team action and will be instantly put in against the highly dangerous Stevie Naismith. The outcome of that clash will determine much of how the match will end and how well Byrne has recovered.
Match Facts & Stats
Brian Winter:- When the firefighter was asked ‘what law of the game would you change?’ the 14st 2lb ref said
‘When a Penalty is awarded for a foul inside the Penalty Area where a Direct Scoring Opportunity is prevented, I would scrap the “Red Card”.
The Dons will host ‘New Firm’ rivals Dundee United on the 7th of April in the last match before the league split takes effect.