Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has hailed midfielder Stephen Gleeson who has recently returned to the Dons side after a long spell out of the team.

Glesson has found it difficult to break into the side because of the good form of Graeme Shinnie and Lewis Ferguson.

However, with those two absent in recent weeks Gleeson has stepped up and McInnes is pleased with his contribution.

“We have been without Ferguson and now Shinnie in recent weeks” he told the Press and Journal.

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“Has been excellent”

“When they have been fit they have been the two I have gone with but Gleeson has been excellent.”

The two games Gleeson has been involved in recently – against Kilmarnock and Rangers – have been big games for the Dons.

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Therefore, you would imagine that McInnes will have no qualms about starting the player against Celtic on Saturday at Pittodrie.

Likely to start in next game

With Graeme Shinnie set to miss the game against Celtic, it seems likely that Gleeson will start the game.

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Gleeson has not featured regularly for the Dons this season, making only 19 appearances.

The fact that McInnes rates the player enough to feature in the Dons’ battle for third place in the league table is a good sign for the player though.

He could well feature more often next season. For now though, his next job will be stopping Celtic winning the title at Pittodrie.


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