Date: 30th October 2015 at 6:11pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said everybody in the camp is anticipating and relishing the clash with Celtic.

Audio – McInnes On Celtic Challenge

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game with positives to be taken from the Motherwell game, McInnes explained in his pre game press conference that these are the games you’re in football for as it will be a proper test.

‘The players are eagerly anticipating the game, as they do any time we play Celtic. That game itself generates a lot of interest. The training has been excellent this week, we have tried to concentrate on the positives from last week’s game – there were plenty of them. We did not get the result we wanted but there was a lot we were still pleased with. Celtic away is always the toughest fixture for any SPFL team but it is one we look forward to. Our performances in the last couple of seasons have been decent but we have not got the result. History will show that Aberdeen have struggled to get results there in the league but we are encouraged that we managed to beat them a few weeks ago.’

McInnes went on to say that we go there obviously ‘recognising’ the challenge that is ahead of us and we know it will be an extremely difficult game, but we also know that if we perform to our best then we are more than capable of taking the win and maximum points from the encounter.

‘A lot was made last season that we could not lay a glove on them in any of the games and that they won all 12 points and that had a significant part in how the season panned out. Likewise the three points we picked up this season have helped us get to where we are now. It would be nice to go there and put in a good performance and get a result so we can get closer to Celtic again. The intention at the start of the season was to get closer to them. Three points would be welcome but we know we will get back to winning ways sometime soon and we want to do it on Saturday. It is a tough game but it is a game that we are more than capable of doing well in.’

In terms of team news ahead of the game, the gaffer confirmed that apart from Cammy Smith who has a small groin problem at the minute, everybody else is fighting fit and raring to go for the game so he effectively has a full pot to choose from for the match day squad.

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