Aberdeen Dons boss Derek McInnes today insisted he has no concern about Shay Logan’s return to Parkhead.
Defender Logan will today face Celtic for the first time since he was red carded following full-time of the Dons’ 1-0 win at Parkhead in the final game of last season.
During his celebrations at the end of the Reds’ first league win at Parkhead since 2004, the 30-year-old clashed with Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata before being shown the red by referee Craig Thomson.
Right-back Logan was hit with a two-game suspension which the Dons failed to over-turn on appeal.
Earlier this season, Logan alleged he was the subject of racist abuse from Celtic
supporters on the day.
McInnes said: “Shay is not worried about it so I am not worried about it. Shay will be fine. He is quite unique in that he doesn’t let things bother him too much.
“I felt what happened that day was all blown out of proportion and really unfair on Shay and he got a two-game suspension for that. We felt it was unfair at the time but we move on.”
Logan missed the first three games of the domestic season as the two-game ban for the red card was added to a one-game suspension that had carried over from the previous season.
The incident came four years after Logan was the victim of racial abuse by former Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev during a 2-1 loss in September 2014.
Tonev, on loan from Aston Villa at the time, was hit with a seven-game ban by the SFA after being found guilty of the charge.
Logan is set to start at Parkhead today as the Reds bid for back-to-back league victories at Celtic having secured that win at the end of last season.
Meanwhile, McInnes has ruled out any move for former Manchester City and Aston Villa attacking midfielder Stephen Ireland.
The 32-year-old had been strongly linked with Aberdeen in recent days. Although the transfer window has closed Ireland is available to sign for a club as he is a free agent having left Stoke City during the summer.
He had trained with Bolton during the summer and was also a target for a number of German Bundesliga clubs.
But McInnes insists there was never any chance of a swoop for the former Republic of Ireland international who has racked up more than 250 appearances in the English top flight.
The Dons gaffer also insisted there will be no fresh additions to his squad before the winter transfer window opens on January 1.
He said: “He (Stephen Ireland) is a friend of Shay’s and it was really just a conversation with Shay.
“There is nothing in that but it has grown arms and legs the last couple of days. I am happy with the squad and we need to get players back from injury as well
“The squad is what it is and I am not looking to add to it. Hopefully we will get one or two back from injury over the next few weeks.
“We have a few who are on the cusp of coming back and a few longer term.”
McInnes has six players ruled out of today’s trip to Parkhead – Lewis Ferguson (knee), Scott Wright (ankle), Frank Ross (back), Tommie Hoban (shoulder), Mark Reynolds (knee) and Greg Tansey (groin).
McInnes said: “Lewis is still out but will be back next week (v St Mirren at Pittodrie).
“There are a couple of bumps and bruises from the other night at Hibs but nothing that will keep anybody out.
“Niall McGinn’s groin has responded well. He had treatment with the physios and trained yesterday so will travel.
“Frank Ross unfortunately had a wee reaction to training on Monday and travelling to the game. We will get his back looked at more closely.
“Tommie Hoban got his operation on Wednesday. It is a three-month timescale so we are looking at December being a bit more active for him.
“In terms of returning to play for Tommie it will be January.”
On-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson, who recently returned from a hamstring problem, is set to start today for the third game in succession.
McInnes said: “James surprised us all with being able to last so long (against Hibs.)
“We had a plan of two 60 minutes and then see how he felt going into Celtic.
“James showed real determination and played his part in helping to get the result.
“I have been delighted with James.”