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DONS STAR’S TITLE WARNING TO CELTS

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ABERDEEN’S on-loan defender Max Lowe has warned Celtic there will be NO title party at Pittodrie on Saturday.

The champions are just a point away from their eighth successive crown and they can clinch the flag at a ground where they triumphed 4-3 on Boxing Day.

But the left-back, who has been in impressive form since his temporary transfer from Frank Lampard’s Derby County outfit, has no intention of being a bit-part player as the Hoops whoop it up.

Lowe, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Celtic can win the league at our place and we’re not going to let that happen.

“We definitely don’t want to see it at our place. We will try our best to ensure it doesn’t happen. Fair play to Celtic, they’ve had a good season, but we don’t want to let them win the league easily.”

The Dons have been beaten in both domestic trophies in this campaign by the Glasgow giants – a goal from Ryan Christie wiping out their hopes of a League Cup success and then the stormy Scottish Cup semi-final confrontation that saw manager Derek McInnes and his No.2 Tony Docherty sent to the stand and Dom Ball and Lewis Ferguson also banished after seeing red.

CRUNCH…Max Lowe slides in to tackle Scott Sinclair.

On top of that, the holders won 3-0 with goals from James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic to set up a May 25 showpiece showdown with Hearts.

Lowe said: “There’s a little bit of revenge for us. Hopefully, we can play well and get the result.

“If the young lads have to come in then some have done really well, playing in big games, like Connor McLennan and Scott McKenna. We have the squad to still do well.

“I always look at the positives because you can’t look at negatives too much. Celtic will be massive for us in terms of the table. We want to bounce back.”

Lowe was disappointed to lose 2-0 to Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday to two controversial penalties that will also rob them of the suspended Andy Considine’s services for the visit of Neil Lennon’s men.

He said: “It is frustrating because we want to be up with Celtic and Rangers.

“The result at Ibrox was disappointing, but we need to step it up again. Andy is suspended and we are not getting any luck with injuries or suspensions.

“I had to play left wing and against Celtic I will have to play left-back even though we don’t have any wide players.

“I’m not sure what the manager will do with the starting XI, but there are some boys coming back. We have a good squad so we should be okay.

“We’ve got three big games left and know what we need to do. Aberdeen deserve to be in third place and playing in European competition.

“That is my aim before I go back to Derby.”

Pittodrie gaffer McInnes was seething after the loss against Steven Gerrard’s team and insisted Gers defender Nikola Katic should hang his head in shame after winning the home side the second of their dodgy spot- kicks.

LOOKING ON IN ANGUISH…Max Lowe watches Odsonne Edouard score Celtic’s second goal in the Hoops’ 3-0 semi-final win.

Referee Don Robertson had awarded the first kick shortly after the turnaround following a challenge by Ferguson on Katic who went down theatrically. James Tarvenier hammered in his 10th penalty of the term.

The Croatian went down again after an innocuous incident with Considine that saw the match official again point to the spot and deliver a second yellow to the Dons defender.

Katic went down clutching his face, but TV pictures showed clearly it was an over-reaction from the player. Tavernier sealed the points with another excellent finish from the spot.

McInnes raged: “It’s nothing short of embarrassing how that could be given as a penalty kick and my player got sent off.

“I think the referee should deal with it better, he should see it for what it is.

“I think the Rangers player should hang his head in shame. There’s absolutely no contact for me having watched it again.

“I think he’s the one who should have been dealt with for trying to buy a penalty kick and unfortunately for us the referee has bought it.”

Ibrox boss Gerrard also admitted that Katic went down too easily. Sportingly, he said: “The first one was a penalty, in my opinion.

“But the second one I thought Niko went down a wee bit too early,

“I hope he (Considine) gets the yellow card overturned, because I don’t think it was a penalty.”

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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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