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Friday 24 November 2017

Warning for Celtic

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Mark Reynolds has warned Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers he is making a mistake if he thinks Aberdeen only have one weapon in their armoury.

The Hoops manager branded Derek McInnes' Dons a long-ball outfit after this month's 3-1 league win at Pittodrie.

But defender Reynolds believes his side could give Rodgers a shock when they meet again in Saturday's Scottish Cup final.

He said: "We can play long-ball football but that's just one way to go. We can pop it about, we've got pace so we can get it wide, we can go through the middle. We have a few strings to our bow. I'm sure that's him starting his mind games. He's a top, top manager.

"He's got his reasons for saying that."

Rodgers will not have much to worry about if Aberdeen start like they did the last time the sides met. Celtic were three goals up after just 11 minutes but the Reds did make more of a game of it as the match went on.

Reynolds says lessons have been learned from that 3-0 loss. "We need to make sure that we can live with the uncomfortable conditions they are used to. We will fully expect Celtic to be firing on all cylinders."

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