Celtic v Aberdeen preview: Brendan Rodgers' side look to bounce back
Last Updated: 29/09/18 2:38pm
Last season's Scottish Premiership top two come head-to-head on Saturday, with both hoping to improve on their slow starts.
Celtic find themselves six points off league leaders Hearts with six games gone, and were shocked by Kilmarnock last weekend for their second defeat of the season.
They bounced back in midweek with a welcome 1-0 win in the Scottish League Cup at St Johnstone, but are still facing their worst start to a league season in 20 years.
Striker Leigh Griffiths, who has scored in each of their last three games, said the club was still together in spite of their poor form.
He said: "There's been a lot of talk that there's a divide in the camp but we want to show everyone that we're still united and we're moving together as one.
"Everyone loses games and the manner that we lost the game on Sunday wasn't great.
"It's about how we bounce back from bad results and the boys have that ability to do that and go and show why we're a top team.
"We might not play the best football at times but we always show our character and we've bounced back with another clean sheet.
"We're never going to batter teams six or seven-nil. If you ask the manager he'll take 1-0 every week as long as we keep on winning."
Aberdeen followed up victory over Motherwell last weekend with a penalty shoot-out win against Hibs in the League Cup, and making it three of a kind at Celtic Park would be the icing on the cake for Derek McInnes.
But the Aberdeen boss added some of the reaction to their opponents' start to the season had been over the top.
"It's been a good week up until now - a brilliant week would be us getting a result at Celtic Park," McInnes said.
"We're still searching for those perfect performances but we're working towards that. We won last time out at Celtic Park so we know what can be done.
"A lot's been made of Celtic's start to the season and that goes with the territory when big clubs don't win games but it's very early on in the season for people to be writing folk off.
"Celtic are still the team to beat with the manager who has done it time and time again, the players who have done the same and a lot of the questioning of them has been a bit premature."
Celtic are awaiting details of defender Kristoffer Ajer's hamstring injury, with the Norwegian booked in for a scan.
Another centre-back, Filip Benkovic, will miss Saturday's Premiership encounter with Aberdeen with an Achilles injury and will be assessed before next week's Europa League fixture.
Nir Bitton remains out with a long-term knee injury but Dedryck Boyata can feature, with his midweek red card seeing him miss the Betfred Cup semi-finals.
Aberdeen were met with the news defender Tommie Hoban is injured until the New Year this week, with Mark Reynolds also missing for the rest of 2017.
They will also be missing Greg Tansey, but Lewis Ferguson could be fit to return.