Dons slam 'misleading' reports

12 February 2010 06:42
An irate McGhee cancelled a pre-match press conference set to take place on Friday afternoon following what have been described as "misleading" reports suggesting he would rest players against the Hoops in a bid to have his strongest team available for next week's Scottish Cup replay against Raith Rovers.

A statement on the club's website read: "Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee today cancelled his pre-match media conference ahead of tomorrow's game with Celtic at Pittodrie.

"Mark and everyone at the club were understandably unhappy following misleading headlines in numerous morning newspapers suggesting the manager would be resting players and fielding a weakened side in tomorrow's match."

The Dons were held to a 1-1 draw by Scottish First Division side Raith at the first time of asking and will face them again on Tuesday in a bid to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

Former Celtic striker McGhee had been quoted as saying: "We do not necessarily have to beat Celtic on Saturday to finish fourth in the SPL and make Europe.

"We do have to beat Raith in the cup. We need our strongest squad to be fit for Tuesday so I will need to be careful who I pick.

"It might be I'll make changes for Saturday to make sure the best team is clear to face Raith. It's something I have to look at carefully."

However, Darren Mackie believes the visit of Celtic is the ideal opportunity to win back the support of fans who were furious at their team's inability to see off Raith.

Aberdeen have lost four out of their last five home SPL games and the striker insists a win over the Hoops can help ease the frustration of recent results.

He said: "It is good to have the fans back on my side and the team can also win the supporters over.

"Getting a good result against Celtic will go a long way to helping them achieve that."

Meanwhile, McGhee has identified Robbie Keane as the main threat within Celtic's ranks as the player seeks to add to the penalty he netted against Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup.

The Dons boss handed the on-loan Tottenham striker his debut while at Wolves and knows exactly what Keane is capable of.

He told Aberdeen Evening Express: "Robbie is always dangerous but he will be fired up even more tomorrow because he will be desperate to get that first goal in open play.

"If our defence want to stop him they are going to have to concentrate from the very first whistle to the last."

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Source: Team_Talk