The Bhoys' new signing Leigh Griffiths looks set to make his debut after a deadline-day signing from Wolves for the Scottish champions, reports John McGarry in in the Daily Mail. But Aberdeen won't be an easy routine victory for the home team.
They have already reached the Scottish League Cup final, which will be also played at Celtic Park next month after an announcement by the SPFL, and Saturday's game will be a perfect warm-up for that clash with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
When: Saturday, February 8 at 7:45 a.m. ET/12:45 p.m. GMT
Where: Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Watch: Sky Sports 2 HD/Sky Sports 2/Sky Go
Scottish Cup holders Celtic go into Saturday's game brimming with confidence.
In the last round, they decimated Hearts 7-0 at Tynecastle in one of the performances of the season. The visitors meanwhile beat Partick Thistle 1-0 to continue their fine form in cup competitions this year.
The Bhoys have won each of their last five games in all competitions, scoring 16 goals and conceding none, per BBC. This confidence will be on display on Saturday as Aberdeen try and penetrate the Celtic defence.
The home team have now gone 24 games unbeaten and have 11 clean sheets in a row.
Celtic will give a debut to former Hibernian loanee Griffiths, per McGarry, who scored 28 goals last season for the Edinburgh side and already has 12 goals in 17 games for Wolves this season, per ESPN.
But despite facing an Aberdeen side they have already defeated twice in the league this season, the Bhoys will have to be alert as cup specialists Aberdeen are brimming with their own confidence.
Speaking to the BBC, after the draw was made, Celtic coach Danny McGrain said:
Aberdeen gave us a hard game two or three weeks ago and I think their manager, Derek McInnes, will be happy that they've got us, maybe not at Celtic Park, but he's got another bite at the cherry.
The visitors have had mixed form recently but come to Glasgow on the back of a 4-0 home win against St Johnstone in the League Cup semi-final.
Confidence amongst Dons fans is so high that they even booked coaches to see Aberdeen FC play for League Cup glory—before they even know their team had made the final, reported Harriet Brace in the Evening Express.
Dons boss McInnes has already brought the good time back for the Dons—victory over St Johnstone sent them to their first final for 14 years.
The last time Celtic conceded in the league was when Aberdeen came to Celtic Park, per Jonathan Sutherland for the BBC, and it took two injury-time goals to give Celtic the victory.
Andy Walker, writing for Sky Sports, believes Aberdeen can cause an upset on Saturday:
Aberdeen have the midfield players who can compete both physically and in a footballing sense with Celtic.
The truth is Aberdeen have an appalling recent record against Celtic but this performance [against Celtic in November] should give them a bit of hope that a victory is not out of the question as it took two goals in injury time for Celtic to secure all three points.
The signing of Irish striker Adam Rooney will give the visitors more of a potent threat up front. This season he has scored nine goals in 24 appearances, per ESPN, and Celtic will have to be on their guard if they are to protect their immaculate defensive record.
Celtic are favourites, as the current cup holders and because of their defensive record. However, Aberdeen are rejuvenated after winning their League Cup semi-final and will be a tricky proposition.
This game could see a cup upset, but Celtic will be motivated by the fact they may face rivals Rangers in the next round.
Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen
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