Dons to test Hoops after Europa toil
Big game preview
Greg Leigh sees no reason why Aberdeen can’t follow Livingston’s lead and inflict a second successive away league defeat on Celtic tomorrow.
The Hoops were beaten 2-0 by Livi at Almondvale earier this month three days after beating Cluj 2-0 in the Europa League.
They head to Pittodrie tomorrow following Thursday night’s win against Lazio, while the Dons head into the game in fine fettle following last week’s 3-0 win at Motherwell.
Left-back Leigh was deployed as a defensive midfielder against Fir Park alongside Zak Vyner and is relishing the prospect of a midfield contest against Celtic captain Scott Brown.
He said: “I know all about him and I know he’s a decent player, one of the best in the league.
“These games are what
I came to Aberdeen for. These games are why anyone who wants to be a footballer wants to be involved in these games – good atmosphere, big gates and decent players.
“The (5-0) defeat against Rangers was a little bit out of character for us.
“Rangers are a decent side but we’ve shown they are capable of being harassed and challenged.
“I’ve only ever seen Celtic on TV and they are a decent side, but they lost to Livingston.
“In any league there are always teams who can beat you but there are lots of ways of going out and winning and everyone has to show a desire.”
Leigh could also line up against former Manchester City team-mate Olivier Ntcham, who is expected to be available for selection following an ankle injury.
He said: “I played with Olivier Ntcham at Manchester City for three years in the youth team under Patrick Viera. Dedryck Boyata was in the side as well.
“It is a great platform for younger players in Scotland.
“A player like Ntcham who is strong, quick and really good on the ball can shine, especially at a team like Celtic.
“We had players such as Seko Fofana, who now plays for Udinese in Italy, Marcos Lopes who is at Sevilla after being at Monaco and Albert Rusnak who now plays for Real Salt Lake.
“There was only one player to come out of the Manchester City academy in the last few years and that is Phil Foden.
“He is really the only one but there are a lot of players who were in my team and are making a decent career for themselves.
“Ntcham is one and it will be good to see him on Sunday.”