Dons to test Hoops after Europa toil

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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANNY LAW

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.”

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