Aberdeen boss McInnes wins award

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been named the Scottish Premiership manager of the month for August.

The Dons have started the season impressively, winning their opening five games to sit just a point behind leaders Celtic with a game in hand.

McInnes’ side welcome the Hoops to Pittodrie this weekend but the Aberdeen boss is playing down the importance of the game in the context of the season.

“It’s still very early on,” McInnes said.

“You still want to make sure you find a way to win these games [early in the season].

“Those results against Celtic last season are well documented and I am constantly reminded about them but I still maintain we played well.

“We know it’s a big game for us but, domestically, Celtic will see this as one of the toughest challenges of their season.

“Celtic have recruited well. I think they’ve lost arguably the best player in Scottish football over the last couple of seasons in [Virgil] van Dijk.

“They’ve offload a few players who weren’t in and around the squad but brought good players in. They’ve made some good signings. I think they’re actually in certain areas stronger.

“The aim is always to win and some games are tougher than others. Naturally, games against Celtic are tougher to win but we still feel we can win it.”

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