Brown hopes to halt Caley bandwagon

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is determined to prevent Inverness from claiming a third major scalp when the two sides meet in Tuesday night's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.

The Highlanders earned an impressive victory at Celtic Park at the weekend and have also defeated Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Communities League Cup this season.

Brown expects them to be up for the challenge of adding a victory at Pittodrie to their collection, but - even with a number of injury concerns - he has backed his own side for a positive result.

He said: "Even with our full strength squad, Inverness constitute a real challenge.

"They're playing very well, they have been to Glasgow and won at Ibrox and Celtic Park this season so another 'trophy' would be a victory at Pittodrie. We intend to make sure they don't get that but it will be a hard game."

Brown would love to hand Aberdeen fans the perfect Christmas present this year - their team sitting top of the SPL.

Victory over Inverness would allow the Dons to leapfrog leaders Celtic ahead of the Hoops' own game against Hearts on Wednesday night.

Having struggled at the wrong end of the table in previous seasons, Brown is now relishing the challenge of ensuring Aberdeen remain one of the top forces this term.

He said: "It would be great for the fans to find their team, and our team, at the top of the league.

"That would be my wish for them for Christmas but we've got to win to ensure that we're there and it will be a very difficult game. Inverness will be feeling the same, it's a great chance for them too."