Derek McInnes today revealed he won’t take any chances with strike duo Adam Rooney or Simon Church at Parkhead on Sunday.
Leading goalscorer Rooney and Euro 2016-bound Welsh international Church are both major injury doubts for the showdown with the Hoops.
McInnes confirmed he will make a final call on both strikers on Friday.
Rooney is undergoing treatment on a thigh injury that forced him off in the4-1 win over Motherwell.
After nine weeks out with a thigh muscle tear, Rooney made a scoring return as a substitute against ‘Well before limping off.
Rooney replaced on-loan MK Dons striker Church who sustained an ankle injury and has been sent for scans. Mindful of Aberdeen’s early Europa League start on June 30, McInnes will not risk aggravating Rooney’s injury if he is not full recovered.
Likewise, McInnes will not gamble on jeopardising Church’s Euro dream.
But even if both fail fitness tests McInnes is confident he can field an attack capable of beating Celtic.
He said: “Both of them are extremely doubtful at the moment.
“We will have a better idea about the situation with Simon when we see the results of the scan.
“The scans were done mainly to rule things out and we are confident the damage done isn’t serious.
“Adam is having treatment and we will make a late decision with him as well.
“With Connor McLennan away with the Scotland Under-17 squad (for the U17 Euro finals in Azerbaijan) as well we don’t have a lot of options for up front.
“We could have done without the problem but will just do our best to put out as strong a forward line as we can if neither player makes it.”