Aberdeen’s February trip to Celtic has been moved at the request of UEFA to avoid a clash with Champions League fixtures.

The rearranged match at Celtic Park is the only Premiership match scheduled on Wednesday, February 17, with a 7pm kick-off the chosen time. This game has been one in waiting since August.

Aberdeen v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen face Celtic next month. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It was initially postponed due to Covid-19 protocol breaches at both Aberdeen and Celtic but looks set to finally be played next month. UEFA have steped in though with a special request.

Proceedings in Glasgow would clash with Champions League round of 16 games between Sevilla and Dortmund as well as Porto and Juventus, which kick-off at 8pm. It has now been moved forward an hour to 6PM in order to avoid this.

 

Rangers come first for Aberdeen though this Sunday and it’s a game manager Derek McInnes is looking forward to: “We expect a strong Rangers team to be on the pitch.

Aberdeen v St. Johnstone - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Rangers are next. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Whenever we play any team, we look at their last four to five games and try to analyse that from a tactical point of view and from our own sakes and where we can cause Rangers one or two problems. We have got to try and concentrate on our own aspect of our own performance.

“We will be tested out of possession; we are going to be tested defensively. We have to make sure that in possession we go and land a few blows on Rangers when we get that opportunity. We are going to have give a far better 90-minute performance to get the desired outcome.”

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