Dons keeper Freddie Woodman studying Celtic’s top attackers

Aberdeen goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Dons keeper Freddie Woodman has been doing his homework in an attempt to shut out Celtic tomorrow.

The Newcastle loanee is trying to become the first Aberdeen goalie since Peter Kjaer in December 2001 to keep a clean sheet in the league against the Hoops.

It’s 58 league matches since that 2-0 win at Pittodrie with Robbie Winters and Darren Mackie scoring and Eugene Dadi leading the famous train celebration at full-time.

Woodman, who is in the Granite City until the end of the season after joining on transfer deadline day, is expected to start tomorrow and has been working hard in an attempt to shut out Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The 20-year-old already has experience of the Scottish Premiership having spent the second half of last season on loan at Kilmarnock.

And the England Under-20s World Cup winner is meticulous in his preparation ahead of games.

He studies opposition attackers and makes notes on how they try to score goals in an attempt to gain an edge and keep a clean sheet.

This week has been no different with Woodman turning his attention to the likes of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest.

Woodman said: “It’s been good for me to experience the league before coming up here.

“Kilmarnock was a good loan spell for me and it’s helped me this time round.

“I watch quite a lot of the games, review the games, watch other teams and watch their strikers.

“So I feel like I know a lot about the league.

“I take it upon myself to do that (study opposition strikers), there are a lot of websites you can use to watch other teams and watch certain individuals.

“I think it helps you and it gives you that little 1% or 2% edge that you need. “It’s something I take upon myself to write a few notes down and try to get the better of them.

“They are a very good team and any team that wins the league is a good outfit.

“We’re just really looking forward to the game because it’s great to test yourself against the best in Scotland.”

While Woodman would love to keep a clean sheet tomorrow he stressed the thing he is most concerned about is winning the game.

He added: “It’s a long time (since the last league clean sheet against Celtic), but if I can help the team in goal striving towards that win then that’s the most important thing.

“We’ve just got to control what we can control and go forward to try to get the result.”

While Woodman is aiming for a clean sheet he hopes it is his opposite number – Dorus de Vries or Scott Bain – who will be the busier keeper tomorrow.

And he thinks that may be the case because he believes the Reds will be on the front foot against Rodgers’ side in their quest for the three points.

Woodman said: “Hopefully we can try to test the Celtic goalkeeper, I don’t think that we can sit back.

“I think we have to go out and try to win the football match because ultimately every game we play we go out to try to win and this is no different.

“There’s nothing to fear, not at all. Aberdeen are a fantastic football club with fantastic players.

“They’ve done well this season and I think all the lads are looking forward to it because it will be a great atmosphere.”

Tomorrow’s encounter also sees Aberdeen look to end a losing streak of nine matches against Celtic.

It’s a run that stretches back to February 2016.

“We can’t really affect what’s happened in the past,” he said.

“We’ve just got to affect what is happening in the present and win football matches. “I think you can get caught up in what’s happened in the past and stuff like that. “We’re just focused on the game ahead and not worrying what’s happened or what’s to come in the future.

“I don’t think anyone needs to think about it because we are in the present controlling the things that we can control.

“We’ll go out and try to win the match.”

Some may be expecting Celtic to be jaded after their trip to Russia to face Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday night.

The Hoops returned to Scotland in the early hours of yesterday morning after exiting the Europa League with a 3-0 defeat.

However, Woodman does not expect those excursions to impact on how Celtic perform at Pittodrie tomorrow and is expecting a stern test from the Glasgow side.

He said: “I think teams are very professional and players deal with playing in Europe very well.

“A lot of teams do play Saturday or Sunday then in midweek and then at the weekend.

“They’re a professional side and will know what to do and they’ll be right on it come Sunday.”

Woodman has started the Reds’ last three games since joining from Newcastle.

He tasted defeat for the first time last Saturday as the Dons went down 2-0 to Hibs at Easter Road.

That result coupled with Rangers defeating Hamilton 5-3 on the Sunday saw Aberdeen drop to third in the Premiership, nine points behind leaders Celtic.

Woodman believes it was important not to dwell on that result and says they must learn from the experience and move on quickly – with the best way to do that winning tomorrow.

He said: “We’re disappointed with the result last Saturday, it’s not what we expected.

“But it’s quickly forgotten about. We learn from the mistakes and have gone back into training and are really looking forward to the game.

“Football happens very fast, there are games every week and in midweek so you have to just move on to the next game and try to get the win.”