Derek McInnes says that Aberdeen must remain folly focused on their own endeavours this afternoon when they take on an in-form Celtic side.

The Dons are coming into this clash buoyed by a 3-1 win over Hamilton, having not scored in their previous five fixtures. Meanwhile, opponents Celtic have won every game since returning from the winter break.

A tough test for McInnes today against Celtic.

A tough test for McInnes today against Celtic. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

It’ll be a tough test for the Dons at Pittodrie. Last time out, Celtic put four first half goals past them to secure an easy 4-0 win. McInnes will be looking to avoid a repeat of that today.

Any sort of positive result would put Aberdeen clear in third, although fourth placed Motherwell have a game to spare after their match with St Mirren was postponed yesterday.

It’ll surely be some sort of incentive for McInnes to put the heat on the Steelmen as their battle for third ensues. He couldn’t ask for a harder challenge to do so.

A tough test awaits. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Speaking to Aberdeen’s website ahead of today’s match with Celtic, McInnes had kind words for his opponents, but insisted that the Dons’ full focus must remain on themselves.

“Anytime we play Celtic they seem to be in good form,” said McInnes. “What I see in this Celtic team is not only the attacking threats that they have always possessed, there also seems to be a hunger about them that they probably needed in the last few weeks.

“There is a lot to be impressed with Celtic with the form they are in, but we cannot go into the game waxing lyrical about Celtic. We have got to concentrate on our own needs for the points and our own performance.

Focus on all things Aberdeen. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We are just concentrating on ourselves. We have got points to get; we need positive performances to do that.”

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