BRENDAN Rodgers revealed tonight that he’d set his players a target of achieving one hundred points and this was reached tonight at Pittodrie as the Champions blew the runners up, Aberdeen, away with three stunning early strikes.
Jonny Hayes gave the home fans some hope with a stunning strike which succeeded in steaming the Celtic early onslaught. Aberdeen can take some comfort for the way they responded to give Celtic an uncomfortable night at the back, well for 80 minutes at least.
It was never going to be enough for Derek McInnes’ side. Simply put, you’ve got little or no chance if you give Celtic a three goal start. If Celtic were rather subdued for the last 84 minutes of play, then they were magnificent in the opening 10 when Boyata, Armstrong and Griffiths all scored well-worked efforts. However, fine saves from Joe Lewis to deny Tom Rogic meant it wasn’t more.
The sides meet again at Hampden on May 27th in the Scottish Cup Final and McInnes will be hoping that losing to Celtic five times already this year, it’ll be sixth time lucky for Scotland’s second force. For Brendan Rodgers, he will know that his midfield will be strengthened considerably by the return of his skipper, Scott Brown. Brown’s absense tonight, allowed Aberdeen to win the midfield battle after the three early goals.
The Celtic support were in full voice and every Celtic player, including ‘keeper Craig Gordon, removed their shirt to give to the supporters who’d made the journey.
Celtic have three games remaining, all in Glasgow at Firhill, Celtic Park and Hampden, as they seek a Treble of invincible in the league, invincible in the season and Treble winners.