Time for the Rest to Do Lions' Share

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AFTER a goal to rival anything we've seen this season and a red-card drama, what can Aberdeen and Livingston provide by way of an encore in tomorrow's rematch at Pittodrie?

A nine-goal thriller?

A contest of skill and guile to match the 1970 World Cup Final? A hat-trick for David Zdrilic? Let's not get carried away.

For starters, Livvy are ready to rest a number of exhausted players at the end of this week of weeks, the effort expended in winning the CIS Cup, celebrating that victory and then beating the Dons to claim a Scottish Cup semi-final place having taken its toll.

And Aberdeen, thoroughly sick of the sight of Livingston after being knocked out of both cups by the new town team, looked about as dangerous as a sickly kitten at Almondvale on Thursday night.

The teams' sixth meeting of the season is unlikely to be a classic.

Livingston coach Allan Preston admitted: 'The boys were dead on their feet even before the game on Thursday.

'We're definitely going to freshen things up and play some other guys up at Pittodrie. …