Aberdeen v Partick Thistle preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 2:00

Aberdeen v Partick Thistle preview

The Irish winger has missed a month of action with a calf strain but is now ready to rejoin Derek McInnes’ squad.
However, skipper Russell Anderson remains sidelined as he continues his recovery from a long-tgerm knee injury.
Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn is looking for three points against Thistle to keep the pressure on Celtic at the top of the Premiership.
He says the Dons are desperate to get on their travels again after this season’s European adventure.
The Pittodrie side enjoyed trips to Latvian outfit Daugava Riga and Dutch side FC Groningen before crashing out of the Europa League after a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Spanish giants Real Sociedad.
But that brief sojourn overseas was enough to whet McGinn’s appetite and he says the lure of another campaign on the continent is firing Aberdeen up for the Scottish Premiership run-in.
The Reds sit second in the table, five points behind Celtic but eight in front of Inverness.
Northern Ireland international McGinn told RedTV: “We got that experience and it definitely makes us hungrier for me.
“We had those trips away to Groningen and Real Sociedad – those are the type of games you want to be involved in.
“It’s always nice to go away to these nice places. We are professional footballers and at the end of the day we want to play in these big games – there is no bigger than these European games.”
Thistle’s Kallum Higginbotham is set to return from suspension for the clash at Pittodrie while manager Alan Archibald has no new injury concerns for trip to Pittodrie.
However, Dan Seaborne (ankle) remains out along with Sean Welsh (ankle) and Christie Elliott (broken hand).

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