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Monday, 19 February 2007 - 14:00
redweb has moved
new site launched.
Sunday, 18 February 2007 - 23:26
gretna 2 aberdeen 3 aet
wonder goal wins it.
Chris Maguire
Saturday, 17 February 2007 - 16:11
calderwood comments
on another day we could have taken somehing.
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Jimmy Calderwood.
Saturday, 17 February 2007 - 14:25
dons effort fails to produce points
dons fail to get the breaks.
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Friday, 16 February 2007 - 14:50
this week's redalert
includes new wallpaper
Jamie Wallpaper in RedAlert Issue 152
Friday, 16 February 2007 - 12:32
meet afc players on monday
and donate to goal
AberdeenSaver account
Friday, 16 February 2007 - 00:49
issue 15
Thursday, 15 February 2007 - 20:14
dons out to slow down celts title march
jimmy hopes to end five year wait.
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Aberdeen v Celtic
Tuesday, 13 February 2007 - 14:51
falkirk res v aberdeen res
ft score
Falkirk v Aberdeen
Monday, 12 February 2007 - 09:53
u19s go down
aberdeen 0 falkirk 3
Saturday, 10 February 2007 - 18:16
calderwood comments
these are the games you have to win.
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Jimmy Calderwood.
Saturday, 10 February 2007 - 16:45
three and easy for dons
euro challenge on course.
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Aberdeen 3 v 0 Dunfermline
Friday, 09 February 2007 - 19:20
friday night news
miller ready to face pars as bagshaw shines for scots.
Lee Miller in squad for tomorrow's game.
Friday, 09 February 2007 - 10:23
early valentine gift from afc but... can't win if you're not at the game
A Football Valentine
Thursday, 08 February 2007 - 20:37
dons ready for euro battle
miller a doubt ahead of pars visit.
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Aberdeen v Dunfermline this Saturday at Pittodrie
Thursday, 08 February 2007 - 17:50
issue 14
Thursday, 08 February 2007 - 09:59
international round up
from this week
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 - 17:53
u19 and reserve games
arranged v falkirk
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 19:47
tenth don involved in international set up
crawford plays in 2-0 win.
Jonathan Crawford
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 12:30
falkirk v aberdeen 3rd march 2007
ticket information
Falkirk v Aberdeen Saturday 3rd March 2007 KO 3pm
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 12:00
young dons beat league leaders
celtic put to the sword.
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Willie John Kiely.
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 - 10:28
no reserve
game today
Monday, 05 February 2007 - 00:20
scotland u19s win
maguire scores
Friday, 02 February 2007 - 15:33
jamie langfield
gets scotland call up
Friday, 02 February 2007 - 14:06
goals goals goals wallpaper
in this week's redalert
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Thursday, 01 February 2007 - 20:30
news update
injured players back running.
Andrew Considine.
Thursday, 01 February 2007 - 15:33
celtic and bohemians
ticket news
Bohemians FC, Dublin
Thursday, 01 February 2007 - 10:50
aberdeen star kicks
off recycle 4 kit
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 19:44
dream debut for new signing
ross the hat trick hero.
David Ross
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 17:13
dons friendly confirmed
in dublin
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 14:31
scotland b squad
daz and chris called up
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 13:00
darren mackie
signs new contract
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Darren Mackie
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 12:36
mcleish names first
scotland squad
Monday, 29 January 2007 - 16:41
alex mcleish appointed
scotland manager
Saturday, 27 January 2007 - 17:23
calderwood comments
andy's dad had a dream.
Andrew Considine.
Saturday, 27 January 2007 - 16:45
considine sinks saints with first half double
langfield saves spot kick.
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St. Mirren v Aberdeen
Friday, 26 January 2007 - 14:34
signed shirt giveaway
in this week's redalert
RedAlert Issue 149
Friday, 26 January 2007 - 11:24
ticket news
for tomorrow
Friday, 26 January 2007 - 09:00
from paisley to pittodrie
kevin stirling meets frank mcdougall
Frank McDougall
Thursday, 25 January 2007 - 20:59
dons look to bounce back into european contention
touzani back in squad.
St. Mirren v Aberdeen
Thursday, 25 January 2007 - 15:28
u19 fixtures
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 18:41
spl and mitre
agree new 4 year deal
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 16:05
considine, maguire and bagshaw
recieve scotland call up
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 13:27
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Tuesday, 23 January 2007 - 10:24
new date confirmed
for fir park trip
Monday, 22 January 2007 - 19:24
monday update
byrne closer to return.
Jamie faces op this week.
Saturday, 20 January 2007 - 08:17
match postponed
weather knocks out fixture.
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 20:53
aberdeen v motherwell head to head
the complete league record.
Motherwell v Aberdeen
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 15:33
motherwell v aberdeen
pitch inspection at 8.00am
Friday, 19 January 2007 - 11:48
motherwell reduces ticket prices
for tomorrow's match
Motherwell v Aberdeen 20 January
dons out to slow down celts title march
Darren Mackie is smothered by his team mates after scoring the second goal in the last Pittodrie win over Celtic in 2001.

15 February 2007 20:14

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It's now over five years since Aberdeen defeated Celtic on their home turf and although there have been subsequent victories in Glasgow the Pittodrie faithful are due a win. It would be a crucial stage in the season to atone for the two earlier defeats in the campaign but it won't be easy. Many observers have pointed out that Celtic, although well clear at the top of the SPL, often look unimpressive in some of their matches. The truth of the matter is that they have a winning mentality and consistently grind out wins even if they are not at the top of their form.

The Dons have a good season to date by recent standards and if they play to form they should set a stern test for the runaway leaders. Manager Jimmy Calderwood revealed that he has no further injury worries although the long-term casualties won't be ready for a return this weekend.

"We only have our long term four players out injured at the moment which means we have 19 players to pick from for Saturday. Brewster, Jamie Smith and Diamond should hopefully all be back training with the first team on Monday and if they don't have any reaction to their injuries they may be in contention for the Falkirk game. Richie may be a possible for the following week."

Andrew Considine

Redquote: "We've had some tight matches against Celtic in the last couple of seasons without necessarily getting the results. The last two have been 1-0 affairs so on any day, we can give them a good game and keep it close. I think a lot of teams are a lot more solid now in the top half of the table and if we play at our very best, we do have a chance of taking something from the match. That would be a big lift going into the last few games before the split, it would really give us a chance of cementing a top three finish." Andrew Considine

Earlier today Calderwood spoke to RedWeb and he is clearly relishing the match. "We've still to get one over them since Gordon Strachan took over at Parkhead although the games between the two of us have been very tight. They are obviously going to retain the league title and they are doing well in the Champions League, which is not only good for Celtic, but also for Scottish football in terms of the coefficient.

"They have a very strong squad and have a winning mentality. They have young guys coming through who are around winners everyday so it rubs off on them. We are building a strong squad here at the moment so hopefully we will give them a good game. Our last two games against them have been close but we have defended too much and not offered enough in attack. I will be disappointed if we do not attack them more in this game as we go into it full of confidence.

"Even when they are not playing at the top of their game they are still managing to grind out results and Gordon has done a superb job putting together a strong squad with a substantial amount of young talent which augurs well for the future. From our perspective, matches like this take care of themselves and we'll most certainly be up for this one with the opportunity again to keep up the pressure on Rangers who are immediately above us in the table."

Russell Anderson in action against Celtic.

Redquote: "When facing Celtic you inevitably start off as underdogs. They've got a huge lead at the top of the table, they're winning week in week out, so we know it's a big ask to take all three points. But the two games so far this season have been close. We've defended very well against them but on the flip side, I don't think we've caused too many problems when we've had the ball so we need to address that, especially at home." Russell Anderson

Although Aberdeen have no realistic ambitions of a league title this season the two teams have had some titanic battles when there has been a sniff of a championship up for grabs for the Dons. Even as far back as 1955 when Aberdeen won their first title the only home defeat suffered all season was against Celtic in October that year. Aberdeen were favourites to win at home but a controversial game finished 2-0 in favour of the visitors. The game did not pass without incident and on one occasion the only way Celtic's Jock Stein could stop Paddy Buckley was to rip his shorts from him! Aberdeen recovered from that set back to go on and win the title that season and it is ironic that on each occasion the Dons have lifted the league title, Celtic have been runners up.

In season 1970-71 Celtic visited Pittodrie on the second last day of the season and the Dons knew that a victory would leave them needing only a draw in their last match to secure the title. The game was played in front of 36,000 fans despite a gaping hole in the main stand courtesy of a fire a few weeks earlier. The fire had a negative effect on the title challenge as the Dons faltered and the goals from Harper dried up. On the day a 1-1 draw left them undefeated at Pittodrie that season but it also handed the initiative to Celtic and they lifted the title. It might have been so different had it not been for a second half goal line clearance from Billy McNeil to deny Arthur Graham the winner.

Back in 1985 another 1-1 draw with Celtic at Pittodrie clinched the Premier League for the Dons in front of their own fans for the first time. In 1980 it took two magnificent performances against Celtic in Glasgow to keep Aberdeen in the race for the title and the 2-1 and 3-1 wins in April 1980 went a long way to winning the league that season. In 1984 Aberdeen were out of sight of nearest challengers Celtic in every sense as the last meeting between the sides that season came with 11 matches still to play. The Dons secured the title with four matches remaining.

A win this Saturday may not lead to an SPL title, but it could go a long way to helping the Dons secure a European place. We leave the last word to a quietly confident Jimmy Calderwood: "We have a good record against the teams around about us and we go into the final stretch of games with confidence. We are in third and it is up to us to keep pushing for second."

Fans are reminded that this game has a 12:30 kick off this Saturday and the match is all ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office at Pittodrie Stadium or by calling 087 1983 1903. Fans must have a previous booking history in order to purchase tickets for this match. We ask fans to please come down early for this game to help avoid any queues just prior to kick off.

The award winning RedMatchday Magazine will be on sale around Pittodrie with Andrew Considine the featured player this week. Captain Russell Anderson, Richard Gordon and manager Jimmy Calderwood all contribute and there are the usual informative blasts from the past from Kevin Stirling. The programme is still only 2.50 and is available around the ground.

If you can't make it to Saturday's match, remember you can listen to the action via RedTV. Dave MacDermid will be on hand to keep you up to date with all the action from 12:30pm. If you are an overseas subscriber you can watch the whole match free. See the previous news story for full details. Remember to return to RedTV on Monday to catch the highlights!

Seasons results:
Aberdeen 0 v 1 Celtic
Celtic 1 v 0 Aberdeen

Match Official: Craig Thomson