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McINNES IN DEFENDER WORRY

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ABERDEEN boss is sweating over the fitness of on-loan defender Max Lowe before the visit of Celtic on Boxing Day.

The 21-year-old left-back, who will return to Derby next month, was forced to come off early in the second-half of the Dons’ 2-0 win over Hearts at the weekend.

McInnes said “We’ll get Max in to check him out. He puts a lot of yards in and runs with high intensity, so, hopefully, it’s not too bad, but you would have to say he’s a doubt with the match coming so quickly.”

The Dons gaffer is preparing his troops for a massive game against the champions where a win will put them level with Brendan Rodgers’ team.

CLASH…Max Lowe tangles with Celtic winger James Forrest during this month’s Betfred League Cup Final. Lewis Ferguson looks on. Pic: Geo.

He added: “If we can be as strong as we can in terms of selection and physically, what a game it will be. You always want the Boxing Day game to be at home, anyway, but you saw the crowd against Hearts – they had fantastic support for the players and we’ll need that and more against Celtic.

“They are the best team in Scotland, but they’re a team we feel we can beat and the fact we go into the game with a lot players in a good place, we’re confident and we’ll have a full house. Hopefully, these ingredients will help us.”

Sam Cosgrove netted both goals against the Tynecastle side at the weekend and will be looking for better luck than when he faced the Parkhead men at Pittodrie last season.

The big striker had just come on as a second-half substitute when he got involved with Hoops skipper Scott Brown and was immediately red-carded!

He hasn’t had much fortune against the Glasgow giants in this campaign, either, when he picked up a loser’s medal following Ryan Christie’s winner in the Btefred League Cup Final at the start of the month.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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