Smith out for Aberdeen

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Winger Jamie Smith is Aberdeen's only absentee as they take on Rangers at Pittodrie today seeking an Old Firm double after beating Celtic last Sunday.

The Dons' manager, Jimmy Calderwood, is hopeful Smith, who saw a specialist last week in a bid to cure a persistent hamstring problem, will be available for the Scottish Cup fifth-round tie with East Fife on 7 February.

The midfielder Derek Young, who scored for Aberdeen when they drew with Rangers at Pittodrie last August, returns to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.

For Rangers, Maurice Edu is injured. The midfielder had recently recovered from injury but twisted his knee in midweek and faces another week or so out of action. Kyle Lafferty also misses the trip to Pittodrie with a knee and ankle problem but should be back in contention next week, while long-term casualty Kevin Thomson is still out.

Sasa Papac is available for selection following a successful appeal against his red card last week.