By Harvey Byrne
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that youngster Dean Campbell will be in his side’s match squad to face Celtic on Friday evening.
The second placed Dons are currently preparing to host the league leaders at their Pittodrie Stadium on Friday in the 7.45pm kick off.
It is set to be an enthralling encounter between two of Scotland’s best club’s, but McInnes has told that Aberdeen are currently struggling with injuries.
The manager has told that midfield trio Peter Pawlett, Ryan Jack and Ryan Christie, who is on loan from the Hoops will all be missing from his squad for the encounter, leaving him to put 16-year-old schoolboy Campbell in his 18-man match squad.
“Pawlett and Jack are out. Christie is out playing against Celtic,” told McInnes, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I’ve got three out and coming onto the bench I’ll have a 16-year-old in Dean Campbell, who is still at school.
“There will be 17-year-old Seb Ross alongside Scott Wright and Frank Ross.
“The reality is we have a tight squad. We’ve said it all season and we’ve been fortunate with injuries, but we’ve picked up two and Ryan’s ineligible.
“We’re pretty stretched and we don’t have, even if I wanted to, the luxury of freshening it up too much.”
Campbell has never played for Aberdeen, or even appeared on their bench and although it is unlikely he will enter the pitch against Celtic it will still be a good experience for the young teen.
Meanwhile, the Hoops will be looking to take their opportunity against an Dons side riddled with injuries to extend their unbeaten run to 36 league matches.
The two clubs will do battle on Friday in the league before facing each other again at the end of the month for a Scottish Cup final clash where Celtic will be hoping to complete a domestic treble.
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