Celtic vs Aberdeen: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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The Hoops bounced back from a humiliating defeat to Hearts with a win during the week and they face another stern task against the Dons

Celtic host rivals Aberdeen in a battle between first and second in the Scottish Premiership at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers' side had their record-breaking unbeaten run halted at 69 games by Hearts last week, but they recovered to beat Partick Thistle on Wednesday and they are five points clear of the Dons coming into the game

Derek McInnes' Aberdeen have been the Bhoys' chief challengers for the past three seasons and they will be hoping to scythe the gap to just two points by upsetting the champions on their own backyard.

Game Celtic vs Aberdeen
Date Saturday, December 23
Time 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Kieran Tierney Celtic

The game is not being broadcast live on television in the United Kingdom (UK) or United States (US), but it is available to stream online for viewers outside the UK and Ireland on Celtic TV.

Aberdeen's Red TV will also be providing live coverage of the match.

TV channel Online stream
N/A Celtic TV

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Celtic players
Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries, Hazard
Defenders Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Ajer, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Ralston
Midfielders Bitton, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Ntcham, Benyu, McGregor, Forrest, E. Henderson, L. Henderson, Eboue
Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard, Miller, Johnston, Aitchison

There are concerns over the availability of Jozo Simunovic, while Tom Rogic (knee) and Patrick Roberts (hamstring) will definitely miss out.

New signing Marvin Compper will not be available to play until January 1 when the move becomes official.

Potential Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Sviatchenko, Tierney; Brown, Armstrong, McGregor, Sinclair, Hayes; Dembele.

Position Aberdeen players
Goalkeepers Lewis, Rogers
Defenders Logan, Shinnie, Considine, O'Connor, Reynolds, Ball, McKenna, Harvie
Midfielders McLean, Mackay-Steven, Arnason, Christie, Storie, Ross
Forwards Stewart, Rooney, Maynard, Wright, May

Greg Tansey is the only real injury concern for Aberdeen coming into the game. Unlike Celtic, the Dons have had a week to rest ahead of the game and Derek McInnes has a near-full panel to choose from.

Potential Aberdeen starting XI: Lewis; Considine, O'Connor, McKenna, Logan; Shinnie, McLean, Mackay-Steven, May, Christie; Rooney.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Adam Rooney Aberdeen

Celtic are 1/3 favourites to win according to dabblebet, with Aberdeen priced at 8/1 to beat the Bhoys at Parkhead. A draw is available at 17/4.

Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele are both rated 12/5 to score the first goal, while Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven, who bagged a hat-trick against Hibernian last week, is priced at 16/1 to open the scoring.

Click here to see all of dabblebet's markets for the game, including first goalscorer, correct scores and more.


GAME PREVIEW


Leigh Griffiths Kieran Tierney Celtic

Saturday's festive meeting between Scotland's two top teams is gearing up to be an intense affair, with plenty at stake for both sides before the January break.

Despite their dominance of the domestic scene, Celtic are just five points ahead of Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership and the complexion of the title race will change completely should they endure another defeat.

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Derek McInnes handed the Dons a massive boost when he snubbed overtures from Rangers to remain as manager and, having finished second-best in the past three seasons, he is determined to upset the odds and stage another push for the title.

His side will surely sense blood after witnessing the Hoops total capitulation against Hearts last week, but they are all too aware of the effort it will take to win, having suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat at Pittodrie earlier this season.

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