Gordon Strachan explains why he's looking forward to Celtic's clash against Aberdeen

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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is excited to see Celtic take on Aberdeen later today.

Whilst many eyes will be on the Capital One Cup final between Tottenham and Chelsea, there are plenty of people excited by Celtic's clash with Aberdeen.

The Bhoys have won the Scottish Premiership three years in a row, and have faced little opposition for the crown since Rangers' dissolution back in 2012.

Yet this season, it's been a much tighter affair. Celtic do still sit top of the table with 60 points, but Aberdeen are pushing them all the way - and lie just three points adrift of Ronny Deila's men.

Now, the two teams are set to meet at Celtic Park in what many believe will be the title decider - even with plenty of football still to be played.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan not only played for Aberdeen but also managed Celtic, so he has a foot in both camps ahead of this afternoon's battle.

With many Scottish players on show, Strachan will have a keen interest in the match, with players such as Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong given the chance to stake a claim for international recognition.

Speaking to the BBC, Strachan says that he's excited about the match - because he wants to see how Scottish players can cope in high pressure situations.

"As a Scotland manager, I'm looking forward to seeing players playing in full stadiums," said Strachan. "How do the players work together, can they handle it? We're all talking about it. It'll be a terrific game of football. I'm looking forward to it."

Aberdeen have youngsters like Ryan Jack and Peter Pawlett, but much of the focus will be on Celtic as they look to keep hold of their lead at the top.

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