Aberdeen had a slow start to the season but soon kicked on. Their eye-catching loss to Jack Ross’ Hibs this month and Celtic’s win at Pittodrie are their only defeats in all competitions since September, a run of 11 games.
On Wednesday, we discussed how Hearts were able to up their dreadful form to come from a goal down to take a point off Newco – sufficient, at the time, to pull Celtic level on points at the top of the table. Aberdeen went one better two weeks ago by earning a point from being two down to Newco. Like Hearts they can raise their game, unlike Hearts, their game starts at a competent level.
When Celtic agreed to Wednesday’s re-arranged fixture, they knew they were handing a benefit to Aberdeen, who have rested up for a week. It was a gamble to take pressure off the second part of the season.
Neil Lennon has difficult decisions to make regarding team selection. He will have an eye on who he wants to start against Newco on the 29th, and will want to get those players as fit as possible. I would like to see Ryan Christie back in the No. 10 role, which would also mean James Forrest returning to the right. For this to be possible, we will need to see Mikey Johnston or Mohamed Elyounoussi start tomorrow.