Hoops look to get off to a flyer
Scottish Premier League,
Celtic manager Neil Lennon respects Aberdeen but is confident that his side can begin the new season with a win over Aberdeen.
Celtic got their Champions League campaign underway in midweek with a narrow 2-1 victory over HJK Helsinki, but will put the return leg to the back of their minds now for the visit of Aberdeen.
Lennon has been keeping tabs on the pre-season progress of today's opponents.
"Aberdeen have been very impressive over pre-season and have had some decent results in Germany," he said. "Craig (Brown) has stabilised the club and brought in Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn who will make them better.
"They have a good core of experience there as well so I will expect them to give us a very good game. They are in for a pretty good season this year.
"We're ready for the season ahead, though. The majority of the squad is healthy and Wednesday night will have stood us in good stead for what's coming.
"We're concentrating on regaining the title - that's our priority. We had a great campaign last year and we look forward to the first SPL match and the symbolic gesture of having the flag unfurled at the stadium. It's always a nice occasion for everyone involved and then we get cracking."
Lennon also revealed that there will be opportunities for some of the younger players in the squad to make their mark over the coming weeks, but as regards today's fixture, Scott Brown and James Forrest are both doubtful with a hip and groin problem respectively, while Mo Bangura will miss out with a thigh injury.