Rodgers’ team won 1-0 in both the league at home and League Cup final.

But the Celtic supervisor said:”They’re on a nice little run at the moment. Since the cup final, they have had some excellent results and it will be a fantastic game”

Aberdeen had slid from this Premiership’s top six before a series of five wins from six matches since their defeat at Hampden Park.

“Where these were at early part of the growing season was a bit false,” Rodgers suggested.

“There has always been different types of games using Aberdeen, but we know it is always a challenging game”

Two successive 3-0 home successes have shot the reigning champions back to the peak of the table.

But, their hosts’ recent record is equally as impressive and the Dons will be seeking a fourth successive home win – and fifth complete.

Aberdeen manager McInnes told his club website:”It has all of the ingredients, hasn’t it? It whets your appetite. Holiday match, Boxing Day, there will be the complete house.

“We move into the match with confidence, but we realise we are up against the finest team in the country.”

Celtic have won their last 4 visits to Pittodrie, but McInnes takes heart from his side’s 1-0 win at Celtic Park in the final match of last season.

“Celtic always show up here and watch us as a suitable match,” he further added. “They never rest anybody contrary to us.

“You will see the full and most powerful team . However bring it on. They’re a team that could be defeated and we feel we may do so.”


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