Celtic v Aberdeen
live on Sky Sports 3 12.45pm
Celtic Waste Champions League Reprieve
Granted re-entry into UEFA Champions League after their conquerors, Legia Warsaw, had fielded an ineligible player in the last round, Celtic drew 1-1 away to Maribor but lost 1-0 in Glasgow to exit the competition at the final qualification hurdle.
The Celtic manager, Ronny Deila, willingly admitted that his side didn’t deserve to progress, and that he had a lot of work to do given the club’s recent league form – which includes a loss at Inverness and draw away to Dundee.
The Hoops will now instead sign on for Thursday night Europa League duty, starting with a trip to Austria next week where they’ll face FC Salzburg.
New Celtic Signings Could Debut Against Aberdeen
Craig Gordon, Jo Inge Berget, Aleksandar Tonev, Jason Denayer and Mubarak Wakaso all signed for Celtic in the recent transfer window, with Swedish striker John Guidetti joining on loan for the season. At least two of these six are expected to play a part in Saturday’s game against Aberdeen.
Win a Game, Lose a Game for Aberdeen
After two losses to Real Sociedad in the Europa League qualifiers, Aberdeen began their SPL season with a 3-0 home defeat to Dundee United. The Dons rebounded with a 2-0 win at Kilmarnock, but lost away to St Johnstone in their next game. With another 2-0 victory, Aberdeen bounced back by defeating Partick Thistle.
Celtic v Aberdeen Betting
In conclusion, Aberdeen lost away to a St Johnstone side that lost 3-0 at home to Celtic, have been in inconsistent form this season and don’t have a good record at Celtic Park, losing five of their last six games there.
Celtic, despite recent form, are still head and shoulders above the rest of the SPL, particularly at home, and are in need of a win.
With both or one of Wakaso and Guidetti expected to play, the Hoops should have enough firepower to beat Aberdeen by a couple of goals and make it six defeats of their opponents in seven attempts at Celtic Park.