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Willo Flood explains why Celtic are 'scared' of title rivals Aberdeen

Aberdeen midfielder Willo Flood believes his former club Celtic are scared of the Dons.

Celtic may have extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to six points on Saturday, but saw Aberdeen reduce that back down to three today.

The Dons smashed out of form Hamilton Academical 3-0 this afternoon, thanks to goals from Andrew Considine, Ryan Jack and Niall McGinn.

Midfielder Willo Flood missed the game given that he's still rehabilitating from a hamstring injury, but spoke before the game about the Dons and their title challenge.

Celtic may have a game in hand, but the two teams meet again on March 1st - almost four months since Ronny Deila's men claimed all three points in a 2-1 win at Pittodrie.

There were wild celebrations at the final whistle from Celtic fans and players after beating their nearest title rivals, but Flood - who played nine times for Celtic in a year-long spell with the club between 2009 and 2010 - told the Daily Record that Deila's side are scared of the Dons because they see them as a legitimate title rival; something they haven't had since the demise of Rangers in 2012.

"They recognise it alright," said Flood. "When they beat us 2-1 in the game I got injured, with the celebrations after it you would have thought they had won the league here. It was a bit overboard. I thought: ‘Wow, you obviously think we’re putting up a challenge here."

"Celtic fear us a little bit. They can say what they want in the press, that if they do this or that then they will win the league. But up here at Pittodrie, Scott Brown was celebrating in the tunnel as if they’d won the title that day. I thought, ‘Yeah, they fear us, so let’s have a go.’

"If we play to our potential we can take them all the way. I don’t know if we’ll finish above them but we can definitely have a go," he added.

The game at Celtic Park is fast approaching, and with Celtic having a game in hand, Aberdeen really need to win that game to stay in the title race.

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