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Aberdeen v Celtic: Confirmed starting XIs ahead of Pittodrie clash

Aberdeen welcome Celtic to Pittodrie in one of six Premiership clashes tonight and the teams have been confirmed in the Granite City ahead of kick-off.

The Dons are without Adam Montgomery against his parent club while veteran keeper Joe Lewis is still on the sidelines after missing out at the weekend through illness.

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Celtic are without Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull through injury but will pose a huge threat to the Dons regardless.

Despite slipping to seventh in the Premiership table after the weekend defeat to Livingston, Aberdeen are still only four points off Motherwell in fourth.

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However, the omens don’t look good for the Dons with Celtic having scored twice on eleven of their last twelve visits to Pittodrie.

Dons boss Stephen Glass remains confident his side can get something from the game, as he insisted it isn’t hard to keep morale up at Pittodrie, despite results being up and down.

“A home game for us is something that we have enjoyed recently, so we need to look at the home form we are sitting on and try and take that into this game, regardless of who is coming,” Glass said.

“Obviously we are aware of our away form recently and the three games we have just had, but they are gone and all we can look at is what is coming next. It is a home match which has been pretty productive for us recently.

“Keeping the morale of this group is not difficult because it is very similar all the time. When we are on a good run the place is certainly more buoyant and it feels different, but, in terms of the negative side, the group never gets too down.

“It is not something that concerns me with the attitude or the approach to games. At home, the boys have been brilliant and I don’t expect anything different.

“Since the game with Livingston, the players have been itching to get back onto the pitch. I would expect a reaction.

“It is always a big game when they come up, it is something we are looking forward to.

“The boys have been brilliant at Pittodrie, the supporters have been great backing them and I am looking forward to more of the same.”

Depending on how results elsewhere go tonight, defeat against Celtic wouldn’t be a catastrophe for Stephen Glass’ side – but after losing to Livingston at the weekend, there’s a real threat of Aberdeen falling into the same bad habits that cost them so much earlier in the season.

Here’s how the teams line up at Pittodrie as Aberdeen host Celtic:

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