Elliot looking ready for action

Jim Jefferies has been encouraged by the fitness of Stephen Elliott ahead of the visit to Aberdeen as the SPL returns to action after the international break on Saturday. Elliott has only made two appearances from the subs bench since arriving from Preston in the summer. But the Republic of Ireland international could now be over his hamstring problems after impressing Jefferies in a 2-0 bounce game win over Hamilton.

Jefferies said: "Stephen looked sharp in the game against Hamilton which was very encouraging. He didn't play the full 90 minutes as I didn't want him picking up an injury with him tiring towards the end."

David Templeton suffered a dead leg in the game but Jefferies is hopeful of the winger being available for the game at Pittodrie.