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Summary

  1. Dons go to within three points off leaders Celtic
  2. Powerful Hayes strike put Dons ahead
  3. Church close-range effort doubled lead
  4. Griffiths' low shot consolation for visitors

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Dons miss out on Tansey

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was "surprised and disappointed" that the club's bid for midfielder Greg Tansey was rejected by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    The Dons thought they had triggered a release clause for the 27-year-old with a £200,000 offer.

    However, Inverness have released a statement on their website saying that Tansey "is happy in Inverness and that he had elected to remain at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium".

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey
  2. Post update

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Simon Church in for a debut in the most important of circumstances in a very attack-minded Aberdeen side.

    "Presumably Derek McInnes thinks there's vulnerability in the Celtic defence and most would agree.

    "Scott Brown starts which should at least provide the visitors with some drive and leadership in the central area.

    "Not the best surface but this has all the makings of a memorable clash."

  3. Post update

    Celtic foward Colin Kazim-Richards
    Image caption: Colin Kazim-Richards could make his Celtic debut this evening, the forward listed as one of the substitutes after joining from Feyenoord on transfer deadline day
  4. LINE-UPS WITH SUBSTITUTES

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Aberdeen: Brown, Logan, Taylor, Reynolds, Shinnie, Hayes, Storie, McLean, McGinn, Church, Rooney. Subs: Considine, Smith, Robson, Pawlett, Collin, McKenna, Ross.

    Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Bitton, Mackay-Steven, McGregor, Armstrong, Griffiths. Subs: Izaguirre, Ambrose, Kazim-Richards, Allan, Cole, Bailly, Forrest.

  5. Last night

    In last night's Scottish Premiership match, Partick Thistle struck late to beat Motherwell at Firhill.

    You can watch action from that game via the 'Highlights' tab.

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  7. Hayes plays

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes suffered an arm injury from a dog bite last week but plays tonight, wearing a bandage.

    Jonny Hayes
  8. Post update

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Quote Message: If we win tonight, it gives everybody great confidence
    Quote Message: I have got a belief in the team that we can keep winning games between now and the end of the season from Derek McInnes Aberdeen manager
    Derek McInnesAberdeen manager
  9. Post update

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Quote Message: It’s a game that if we win would put us in an unbelievably good situation. It’s a game that we have an unbelievable opportunity to do something big
    Quote Message: They are a good team and they are improving, so it’s going to be a big, big game for us. If we can get nine points in front of them now then it’s a good achievement from Ronny Deila Celtic manager
    Ronny DeilaCeltic manager
  10. Recap

    31 October - Celtic 3-1 Aberdeen

    Celtic won their next meeting with the Dons, with Leigh Griffiths scoring twice in Glasgow.

    Leigh Griffiths scores a penalty for Celtic against Aberdeen
  11. Recap

    12 September - Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

    Derek McInnes's side came from behind to beat Celtic in their first encounter this term.

    Aberdeen players celebrating
  12. Team news

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Aberdeen include loan signing Simon Church, with the forward joined in the starting line-up by young midfielder Craig Storie.

    Erik Sviatchenko starts for Celtic after coming on as a substitute at the weekend. New signing Colin Kazim-Richards is on the bench while loan player Patrick Roberts is not in the squad.

    Aberdeen forward Simon Church
  13. LINE-UPS

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Aberdeen: Brown, Logan, Shinnie, Taylor, Reynolds, Storie, McLean, Hayes, McGinn, Rooney, Church.

    Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Brown, Bitton, Mackay-Steven, McGregor, Armstrong, Griffiths.

  14. Tough at the top

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    It's a top of the table match with Ronny Deila's side currently six points ahead of the Dons.

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila
  15. Welcome

    Aberdeen v Celtic (19:45)

    Good evening and welcome to this evening's live coverage of Aberdeen v Celtic.