The Celtic XI Rodgers must pick to beat Aberdeen

Following the favourable results in midweek, there’s no doubt that a Celtic win at Aberdeen will have a massive bearing on the title ‘race’.

It’s not arrogant or blinkered to say that the Hoops will clinch their sixth successive title in the spring, Derek McInnes holds that view, but keeping command of the SPFL is vital.

A win will put Celtic ten points clear of Aberdeen but as recently as Tuesday the gap could have been a single point if the Dons had won at Hamilton.

Rodgers has never won a title before but from painful memory with Liverpool in 2013/14 he knows the fine margins that can tilt the balance one way or another.

Celtic’s schedule before the turn of the year is relentless with the three-week January break essential after an eight-game programme through December.

If Aberdeen can win today, the gap will be cut to a doable four points. Even with a game in hand McInnes and his players can take encouragement from that knowing that Celtic have three more Champions League nights to negotiate before the festive fixtures kick in.

After giving a number of squad players an outing at Ross County on Wednesday night, the big guns will be back in place at Pittodrie even though Borussia Monchengladbach is only three days away.

There are a few big decisions for Rodgers to make with Patrick Roberts making a strong claim for a starting role…