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Aberdeen look to delay Celtic title celebrations

Aberdeen have won on their past two visits to Dens Park

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Dundee defender Kosta Gadzhalov will miss Friday’s Premiership meeting with a calf injury.

Canada striker Marcus Haber is a doubt with a knock which kept him out of the 1-1 friendly draw against Scotland last week.

A defeat for Aberdeen at Dens Park would confirm Celtic as champions for the sixth consecutive year.

Dons forward Jayden Stockley is suspended and defender Mark Reynolds is recovering from hernia surgery.

  • Dundee are without a win in their last 14 Premiership encounters against Aberdeen (D5 L9), with their last win against the Dons coming in December 2004
  • Aberdeen have won the last five meetings; conceding just once
  • Dundee have not kept a clean sheet in 2017 and not since Hogmanay’s 3-0 win against St Johnstone at Dens Park
  • Aberdeen have won four and lost four of their last eight matches away from Pittodrie

Dundee striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui: “I just want to work hard and show the manager that I can play in his team.

“It is a big game for us. We are looking for the top six, the manager knows that as well so we need to work hard and do our best to do that.

“I have done it (scored) against Celtic, I can do the same against Aberdeen. I think I can do that against anybody.

“We can give Aberdeen a good game. They are a good team, they are second in the league obviously so they are a good team. But we are a good team as well and we know we can do something against them.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “We’re looking to continue where we left off before the international break (13 wins from 15 games).

“We’ve seen a definite increase in energy in performance since we came back from the winter break.

“Dundee are normally strong at home. The bottom six are all still looking over their shoulder for relegation, so every game is so important.

“Celtic were always going to win the title from October-November on, you couldn’t have said that the previous season. The form they have shown this season has been outstanding.

“We just want to go on chalking up wins for our own benefit.”

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