Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 3-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen were denied their first league point at Celtic Park in 17 attempts by two late goals from Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

Kris Commons opened for the hosts with a strike from the edge of the box.

Niall McGinn got the final touch after a melee in the box as the Dons levelled in first-half injury time.

McGinn struck the post in the second half before Celtic broke Aberdeen spirits in stoppage time with Derk Boerrigter and Commons firing home.

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Neil Lennon's side remain five points clear of second-placed Inverness while Aberdeen slip from third to fifth.

Celtic captain Scott Brown threatened early on, arriving at the back post to scoop the ball over.

Aberdeen came into the game and Michael Hector roamed forward to shoot from 20 yards but his tame near-post effort was easily gathered by Fraser Forster.

After Darnell Fisher's strike had been safely caught by Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, Celtic defender Efe Ambrose ventured forward to boost the hosts' attack.

The Nigeria international slalomed past numerous red shirts to the edge of the box and, off balance, he blasted his shot high into the stands, much to the dismay of the home crowd.

Georgios Samaras then forced another save from Langfield with a swerving shot but the breakthrough was not far away.

Langfield came for a cross but could only punch it as far as Commons, who picked his spot before calmly slotting the ball into the net.

Aberdeen players celebrating
McGinn (far left) netted against his former club

But just as it looked like Celtic would go in at half-time with the lead, Aberdeen equalised. A corner from Jonny Hayes caused chaos in the Celtic box and McGinn bundled over the line following Calvin Zola's header.

Joe Ledley's stinging drive looked destined for the top corner as Celtic tried to regain the lead in the second half but Langfield pulled off a fine save.

At the other end, uncertainty in the Celtic defence presented a chance for Hector but his shot went wide.

Samaras then drove through the Aberdeen defence and beat Langfield only to see his strike hit the post.

Langfield pulled off another stunning save, touching wide after Commons had gone clean through to fire in a shot.

The Dons also went looking for a winner with Joe Shaughnessy heading wide before Forster saved a scissor-kick shot from McGinn.

McGinn went even closer moments later, his shot beating Forster but coming back off post.

And then came further agony for Aberdeen.

Langfield saved from Virgil van Dijk following a Charlie Mulgrew corner but Boerrigter was on hand to lash the ball home.

That utterly deflated the Dons and Commons scored again from close range with virtually the last kick of the game.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Forster
  • 41FisherSubstituted forLustigat 73'minutes
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 8Brown
  • 15Commons
  • 9SamarasBooked at 43mins
  • 20PukkiSubstituted forBoerrigterat 64'minutes
  • 16LedleySubstituted forBaldéat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Biton
  • 11Boerrigter
  • 17Baldé
  • 18Rogic
  • 23Lustig
  • 24Zaluska
  • 33Kayal

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 2ShaughnessySubstituted forVernonat 90+2'minutes
  • 6Reynolds
  • 22Jack
  • 4Anderson
  • 5Considine
  • 11HayesSubstituted forWyldeat 72'minutes
  • 27Hector
  • 7ZolaSubstituted forMagennisat 72'minutes
  • 16Pawlett
  • 10McGinn

Substitutes

  • 9Vernon
  • 14Smith
  • 17Wylde
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver
  • 21Magennis
  • 35Murray
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
49,683

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away1

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 3, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Aberdeen 1.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Aberdeen 1. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Vernon replaces Joe Shaughnessy.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 2, Aberdeen 1. Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gregg Wylde.

Foul by Amido Baldé (Celtic).

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Joe Ledley.

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Mikael Lustig replaces Darnell Fisher.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Gregg Wylde replaces Jonathan Hayes.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Magennis replaces Calvin Zola-Makongo.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Russell Anderson.

Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Derk Boerrigter replaces Teemu Pukki.

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Michael Hector (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

Attempt saved. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) because of an injury.

Second Half

Second Half begins Celtic 1, Aberdeen 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1310301833
2Inverness CT139131028
3Motherwell14815-225
4Dundee Utd146531523
5Aberdeen14725623
6St Johnstone14635721
7Hibernian14446-516
8St Mirren13436-715
9Partick Thistle14347-1213
10Ross County13328-1211
11Kilmarnock14239-99
12Hearts14338-9-3
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