Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has confirmed that Dons midfielder Craig Bryson could feature against Celtic on Sunday. However, he will not be gambling on the player’s fitness, and will replace him when necessary.
Bryson has not played for the Dons in over a month, and McInnes does not think that the player is currently fit enough to last 90 minutes.
“If Craig continues to train as he has done this week, then he’ll certainly be available to play a significant part of the game” McInnes said, as reported by the Daily Record.
“I’m not convinced”
“Can he play ninety minutes? That, I’m not convinced of.”
McInnes is convinced that when Bryson is fully fit and able to string together a run of games the Dons will only improve as a team.
“There is no doubt, I think, that we will be a better team once Craig is fully fit” he said.
Could start game on the bench?
It will be interesting to see if McInnes decides to start Bryson, or if he starts the game on the bench. It could depend on the kind of team that the Aberdeen boss wants to play against Celtic.
He may want to play more of a defensive style in the game. There is also the factor that McInnes might not want to make many changes from the team which recently defeated Motherwell 3-0.
Having Bryson back in the team will undeniably be a bonus for Aberdeen. Perhaps the most interesting aspect though will be how much time the player spends on the pitch. That is what McInnes will have to decide.