McInnes backs Aberdeen to test Celtic on Tuesday
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has insisted his side have nothing to fear heading into Tuesday's clash with Celtic.
Last Updated: 25/02/14 6:46pm
Neil Lennon's runaway Scottish Premiership leaders will be out for revenge having had their hopes of a double wrecked by a 2-1 defeat to the Dons in the Scottish Cup earlier this month.
But Celtic bounced back with wins over St Johnstone and Hearts as they set a new league record for clean sheets.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has not conceded a goal for 1,215 minutes in league action, although he had to pick the ball out of the net twice in the surprise defeat to Aberdeen at Celtic Park.
The Dons are now 24 points behind Celtic following their disappointing 3-1 defeat to lowly Partick Thistle at the weekend, but McInnes believes their confidence remains high ahead of the visit of the leaders to Pittodrie.
"It's the perfect game for us," he said. "Any time Celtic come to town it's always eagerly anticipated and it's a good challenge for us.
"Celtic deserve huge credit for their league form this season. Fraser Forster's record is something he should be really proud of. I think that says a lot about the team rather than just the individual as well.
"They are quite a formidable opponent but it's a game that as a player, a manager or a supporter, you are always looking forward to.
"I think we should go into the game looking forward to it and I think we should go into the game with confidence, certainly based on our performances against Celtic this season.
"The games have all been tight and winning the game a couple of weeks ago was a great boost for us in terms of our confidence and our belief going into the game for the players.
"It's great to be back at Pittodrie, we've been on the road for a while now and it's good for the players to be back here.
"I think the home support will be glad to see the team back and playing. If we put in the performance that we are capable of there is no question that we can go and try and get a positive result."