Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has admitted that his team fail to cope with Celtic when the Hoops play at their very best.
The teams meet for the third time this season at Pittodrie on Sunday, with the Hoops having won the last nine meetings in all competitions between the sides.
With Aberdeen currently nine points behind the Hoops in the league table McInnes has revealed that his team will need to be at their very best to get anything from the game.
“Against us they always have their bigger players on the pitch but we should relish that challenge,” McInnes said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It’s nine games and nine defeats to Celtic. There were two Cup Finals in there, and they have all been big matches.
“Even if they are not at full throttle for 90 minutes it’s difficult to get results against them, and that has been the case for us.”
The Hoops have defeated the Dons 3-0 on both of the occasions that the teams have met so far this season.
The 3-0 victory at Pittodrie in December was one of the best performances of the season from the Hoops so far, as they dominated the game and scored thanks to goals from Kieran Tierney and a double from Moussa Dembele.
The win at Celtic Park in December was a comfortable one for the Bhoys, with the goals coming from Mikael Lustig, Jonny Hayes and Olivier Ntcham.
The Hoops will go into the match at Pittodrie aiming to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat against Zenit on Thursday night which saw them crash out of the Europa League.
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