Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen: Full Time Reaction & Analysis

A decent first half showing saw Celtic re-emergence for the second 45 minutes with a 1-0 advantage. The first chance to alter that scoreline came when Callum McGregor drove into the box and squared for Turnbull. All virtual pass viewers must have been waiting for the net to bulge, but incredibly the midfielder managed to pass up the opportunity from five yards.

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Neil Lennon altered the structure of his team on the hour mark, reverting to a 4-2-3-1 formation and replacing Albian Ajeti with Tom Rogic. It was another quiet evening for Ajeti as the game passed him by, but the change may have been made in response to Aberdeen introducing an additional striker, when Derek McInnes brought Connor McLennan on for Jonny Hayes.

Chances were few and far between by the mid-point of the second half. With that in mind, Celtic made another change and Scott Brown was tasked with injecting some energy into the midfield. The skipper came on for Ismaila Soro, who looked displeased as he left the field. Moments later, that substitution was countered by the Dons, who took Matt Kennedy off for former Celtic winger Niall McGinn.

It would be fair to say that there were more substitutions than talking points on the park. Indeed, Patryk Klimala and Moi Elyounoussi came on for Turnbull and Edouard in the 80th minute. Then, it was Aberdeen’s turn to make a change as another ex-Celt, Dylan McGeouch took the place of Dean Campbell.

Ryan Christie produced a speculative lob in the 81st minute, which landed on to the roof of the net. As the 90 minute mark approached, Klimala had an opportunity but he was smothered by the goalkeeper.

That was the height of the excitement. The game wasn’t very pretty, but it delivered Celtic’s fifth successive victory. The gap slightly narrows at the top, the Hoops now trailing theRangers by 15 points.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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  1. Aberdeen got closer to celtic players in second half players ajeta christie calmac taylor cant sheild aball and draw a foul started losing 50.50 edaurdo treating it like a bounce game second not good enough cant blame lennon players are forgetting basics some of them are going throughthe paces aberdeen unlucky pity they came fordraw