Aberdeen breathe life back into their title challenge after win over Celtic


As the Dust settled down at Pittodrie on Thursday night the shell-shocked Celtic side trudged off with the celebrations from the home support ringing in their ears.

Despite a very shaky start, Aberdeen were woken from their slumber as Johnny Haynes scored a wonder-strike on the volley to give the Dons the lead against the run of play.

As Aberdeen started to dictate terms Celtic’s support were growing inpatient and Scott Brown was lucky not to be booked for a number of fouls and as half-time approached it was Aberdeen who struck again with a lovely corner routine.

Debut Don Simon Church was able to poke home from a Kenny McLean headed flick on to give the Dons a surprise but deserved 2-0 lead going in at half-time with a sold-out Pittodrie bouncing.

Changes were needed for Celtic and Ronny Delia threw on new bhoy Colin Kazim-Richards for Stuart Armstrong and switching to a 4-4-2.

Despite these changes, in the hope of unnerving the Aberdeen back four, it had little effect and Kazim-Richards was lucky to stay on the park as he was clearly seen stamping on Ash Taylor who he had been battling with since his introduction – with a yellow card shown to the former Feyenoord player.

The more the game went on the more Celtic fell out of it and the introductions of both James Forrest and Scott Allan did nothing to improve their fortunes or provide the boost that they needed to get back into the game.

Aberdeen tactically were superb and Derek Mclnnes made the change to shut up shop bringing on Andrew Considine to deal with the physical presence of Colin Kazim-Richards.

It could have been 3-0 to the Dons as there were credible shouts for a penalty – which going by the replays should have been awarded as Adam Rooney broke free and was through on goal only to be man handled to the ground by the Laurel and Hardy defensive combination of Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko.

The only positive note of the night for Celtic – other than the continued form of youngster Kieran Tierney – came within the final seconds of the game as Leigh Griffiths stroked his low shot past Brown in the Dons goal to score what was in effect a mere consolation and gave the scoreline a somewhat flattering feel to it for the visitors.

Another defeat for Celtic, coming on the back of the League cup semi-final exit to Ross County, signalled further calls from supporters for manager Ronny Deila to be sacked.

As for Aberdeen, the title race is back on and with only three points separating Celtic at the top of the table and Aberdeen in second spot it will be interesting to see if the Dons can continue this impressive run and secure their first league title since season 1984-85 under then manager Alex Ferguson.


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