5 talking points after Moussa and KT put all ‘title challengers’ back in their box

1. TEN IN A ROW. Celtic reached a very special Ten in a Row this afternoon at Pittodrie in an eventful game in which both sides finished with ten men and Celtic won 2-0 with goals from Dembele and Tierney. This Ten in a Row – consecutive wins over Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen side – keeps Celtic well on track for the the main Ten in a Row. McInnes has tried various tactical ideas against Celtic – none seem to make much difference. Today his players seemed to fall over – particularly Kenny McLean – pretty much every time anyone went near him. Maddeningly this gave the home side a route to threaten Dorus De Vries, who had a decent game in the Celtic goals. Credit where it is due and all that…

2. MADDEN HEADCASES. When two players have a clash of heads and one is knocked out cold, has incurred a bloody wound and the incident is subsequently the reason why there’s 6 minutes added you, you expect the referee to blow up and allow treatment. Most, nom nearly all referees would stop play – you can’t take any chances with head knocks like that. But Celtic were winning and Aberdeen had an advantage with one Celtic central defender out cold and the other dazed and confused. Madden, the alleged former season ticket at ibrox, couldn’t help himself and allowed play to go on. The hapless, hopeless Dons couldn’t even get their effort on target. It was a shocking decision by referee.

3. TON UP TIERNEY. That determination, that energy, that commitment to the cause, that run the length of the park when we’re under pressure defending a single goal lead and a man down after Lustig had got himself sent off – and there can be no complaints about that incidentally. Kieran Tierney’s goal, Celtic’s 100th of the season, summed up just about everything that is brilliant about Kieran Tierney. Even his celebration was bloody brilliant. What a Bhoy!

4. THERE’S ONLY ONE JAMES FORREST. The Prestwick Pele was at it again this afternoon. His cross for Dembele to score, took out the enter Aberdeen defence including their goalkeeper and put the ball on Moussa Dembele’s forehead two inches from goal. It’s another example of the significant role that James Forrest has played this season with his own goals and his assists. When Lustig was sent off he was there at right back before being replaced by Jack Henry as Brendan added height to defend the free kicks that were being awarded at will around the Celtic box.

5. BACK IN THEIR BOX – If they had beaten Dundee and Hamilton blah blah blah, we’ve all heard or read these stories that if this happened or that happened then they could be challenging. The latest was that Rangers would take care of Hearts yesterday and Aberdeen would beat Celtic, tired after the demanding European trip to St Petersburg, and we’d actually have a title race. And not only that they’d have a chance to get it down to a three point lead in a fortnight when Brendan takes Celtic there. But Rodgers has a 100% record at Pittodrie and also a 100% win record at Ibrox. Celtic’s win keeps us 9 points ahead of the Ibrox “challengers” and 12 ahead of the hapless, hopeless Dons and with a significant goal difference advantage to boot. Title challengers my arse!

AND ALSO ENJOYJohnny Doyle was simply one of us – a bhoy who, like his close friend Tommy Burns, lived the dream…read HERE.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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