Stephen Glass accepts Celtic will bring a far different challenge and it is one his newly-inherited Aberdeen will need to rise to if they are to hunt down Hibs.

The new Dons boss got off to winning ways at the weekend, as they survived extra-time and penalties before they pushed past Livingston in the Scottish Cup.

Glass takes charge of his first league encounter at Pittodrie tomorrow evening and he knows his team need to go for the three points with rivals Hibs four clear and also entertaining Livingston at home.

The Hoops will also travel north hurting and with a point to prove after Rangers knocked them out of the Scottish Cup and ended their hopes of lifting silverware this season.

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Glass stated: “It is an important game for us and we need to try to close the gap on the teams above us and then we will prepare for the weekend.

“I feel like it will be a different game against Celtic on Wednesday and we need to show we can face different challenges.

“We handled the challenge of Livingston. We created an okay amount of chances. We could have been more dangerous, of course we could have, but I don’t think many teams play against Livingston and create many chances.

“It is not a pretty game of football or flowing but they are good at what they do.”

There is also an added dimension to this game as Celtic captain Scott Brown has signed a pre-contract at Aberdeen and will join Glass as a player-coach in the summer.

Glass admitted he has left Brown to concentrate on Celtic and doesn’t know if he will lead the Hoops out. The Dons manager knows that if Brown is involved then his side won’t get any favours.

He stated: “I don’t know whether John Kennedy will play him and put him in that position. That’s John’s decision. If I was John, I might.

“Would he want to play? He’s such a professional that if John does put him in the team next week he would want to win.

“That’s just the kind of guy we are attracting to this club. If he’s smashing our players over the head, the players would expect it as well, because that’s what Scott Brown is and that’s why he’s coming to this club.”

Glass lost captain and keeper Joe Lewis against Livingston and that saw Gary Woods come off the bench for his debut. The former Hamilton and Ross County No. 1 is on the standby and is likely to make his first start against Celtic.

The 30-year-old, speaking to RedTV, said: “When you go into every game you train every week to play a game at the end of the week.

“I was mentally ready for when this opportunity came and thankfully it did come and we got over the line in the end.

“We showed good reliance and team spirit.

“We went a goal down and clubs haven’t been as expected for a club like ourselves.

“To go 1-0 down, everyone was thinking that was it down but we have a good group of players and a lot of quality in there and we got the job done in the end.

“We probably could have got it done before then but it is all about going into the next round.”

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass during a Scottish Cup tie between Aberdeen and Livingston
Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass during a Scottish Cup tie between Aberdeen and Livingston

Woods has had to be patient and be ready for when his chance finally arose, but accepted Lewis had been in top form.

“I can’t have any complaints because Joe has been in brilliant form this season,” the showstopper admitted.

“I think it is 19 clean sheets so I can’t have any complaints. I just need to be ready when called upon.

“You don’t wish injury on your teammates but sometimes in these circumstances you do get a chance. Hopefully, it is nothing too serious and Joe will make a quick recovery.”

The weekend brings the Scottish Cup back with Aberdeen entertaining Dundee United on Sunday. Glass admitted: “We will have a great chance, as will Dundee United.

“We went in at the weekend hoping to play Dundee United. We did everything we could to get there.

“We have done it and now we will need to regroup for Wednesday night.

“It was almost vital the team was in the quarter final of the cup. “We came in and there is a bit of a feel-good factor around the place. “We have harnessed that energy and the players have shown what it means to them.

“If the players hadn’t bought into what we were doing then we would have been out of the cup but they showed energy, trust and belief in the structure. I am just so happy they got their rewards.”