Aberdeen have been hit with a setback ahead of their weekend match against Celtic at Pittodrie.

The Dons return to action this evening as they take on Hamilton Accies in a rearranged Scottish Premiership match. But they have already been making plans for the visit of Celtic on Sunday.

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Fans returned to Pittodrie in September. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Last month, Aberdeen held a successful fan return test event during their victory over Kilmarnock. 300 lucky supporters managed to watch their team in the flesh for the first time since March during this encounter.

Its success was hailed by all parties but a further rollout across Scotland’s Premiership was pushed back due to soaring virus cases, many areas under local restrictions.

Despite this, Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack pressed for another pilot event during this weekend’s match with Celtic.

A return for Aberdeen v Celtic was floated. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A proposed return for 1000 home supporters was floated but the Dons chairman has confirmed this has been swiftly rejected.

It’s a big blow for supporters across the country, a wait for returning to grounds even in small numbers still appearing some way off just now.

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