Back To Business For Dons

ABERDEEN'S players must be thankful that they weren't involved in Saturday's pathetic display from Scotland as they shamed the nation by failing to reach next year's European Championships.

(Only joking.)

After the greivous disappointment of the weekend's result, it's back to league business for the Dons, and what better way for the fans to forget about the tartan tragedy than by beating champions Celtic in Parkhead.

The Dons players have had a welcome break from their punishing UEFA Cup-dominated schedule, and the injury problems that have plagued the side in that time are close to clearing up.

The only new addition to the treatment room is Jamie Clangfield, who is suffering from an elbow injury which kept him out of Scotland B's 1-1 draw with Ireland B last night.

A shock inclusion to the Ireland B squad was Forgotton-but-not-gone Man Richie Byrne. Even more shocking was that he scored Ireland's goal after coming on as a second-half sub. I know.

Hopefully this means that big Byrno is back in contention for a starting berth in the Dons' haphazard defence that let in four goals against Hearts last time out.

But one player unlikely to play a part in Saturday's game is Stevie Lovell.

The striker scored in the reserves last outing against St Mirren, although he seems so far down the current pecking order that it would be mental if he started against Celtic.

This is a sad state of affairs for probably our only genuine six-yard box 'sniffer', but with injury and supposed attitude problems abound it is probably best to get shot of him in the transfer window.

Oh, and Calderwood is stalling over a new contract. I wonder if Big Eck fancies a new challenge...

Stand Free Ed