Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic

  • Celtic go top of the league
  • Virgil van Dijk nets winner on 90 minutes
  • Celtic skipper Scott Brown sent off
  • Aberdeen's Shaleum Logan red carded after game
  • Dons took lead with Adam Rooney strike

Ten-man Celtic came from behind with a late Virgil van Dijk goal at Pittodrie to move top of the Premiership for the first time this season.

The defender applied a deft touch from a 90th-minute corner after skipper Scott Brown had been sent off.

Adam Rooney had shot Aberdeen ahead, rifling in from close range after a fumble from Lukasz Zaluska.

Stefan Johansen then took advantage of some hesitant defending to level with a clever finish on the slide.

Defeat is tough on the Dons, who created the better chances in a fiery encounter and had Shaleum Logan shown a red card after full-time for comments aimed at a match official.

But the home side were guilty of dreadful marking from the corner that led to the winning goal.

Former Celtic midfielder Niall McGinn had four good glimpses of goal in the second half, slamming a shot against the base of the post and drilling an effort straight at Zaluska in stoppage-time.

Shaleum Logan was sent off for comments made after the full-time whistle
Shaleum Logan was sent off for comments made after the full-time whistle

Roared on by a crowd of 19,051, neither side looked content to settle for a point when Brown was shown his second yellow card for a tug on McGinn with eight minutes remaining.

And Celtic's positive attitude was rewarded when Van Dijk knocked the ball in at the back post from Johansen's delivery.

Pittodrie was the scene of Celtic's only league defeat last season and Rooney had the home fans dreaming of another success when he knocked in his 13th goal of this campaign.

Zaluska failed to gather a low shot from Andrew Considine and the striker scrambled the ball in from eight yards, with the keeper unable to recover.

However, Celtic were on level terms before the interval when Anthony Stokes cut in from left to slip a pass through for Johansen to chase into the penalty area.

Covering defender Mark Reynolds appeared to have the situation under control but was caught napping as the Norwegian midfielder slid in to lift the ball over the diving Scott Brown and angle the ball into the opposite corner.

Brown then needed to look sharp to push away a fierce strike from Johansen.

Aberdeen switched McGinn to the left flank in the second half and the tactic caused Celtic problems, with the Northern Ireland international a threat when he cut inside.

He sent a powerful strike narrowly over before hitting the woodwork, while a header from Ryan Jack was pushed away in flamboyant fashion by Zaluska.

Brown's first caution was for a barge on Peter Pawlett deep in the opposition half and the Scotland captain was dismissed by referee Alan Muir as he impeded another attacking thrust from McGinn.

The Dons midfielder fired the resultant free-kick over from 22 yards and had one last chance to get on the scoresheet following Van Dijk's goal, but Zaluska was right behind his shot.

Adam Rooney shot Aberdeen in front after 27 minutes
Adam Rooney knocked in his 13th goal of the season
Stefan Johansen levelled for Celtic on 38 minutes
Stefan Johansen netted the equaliser for Celtic
Celtic manager Ronny Deila
Celtic manager Ronny Deila joined in the post-match celebrations

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 22Jack
  • 8FloodSubstituted forRobsonat 10'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 10McGinn
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forMonakanaat 85'minutes
  • 11HayesBooked at 66mins
  • 9RooneySubstituted forGoodwillieat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 25Shankland
  • 46McKenna

Celtic

  • 24Zaluska
  • 2MatthewsSubstituted forLustigat 78'minutes
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 66mins
  • 8BrownBooked at 82mins
  • 25Johansen
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forMcGregorat 61'minutes
  • 10StokesBooked at 59minsSubstituted forGriffithsat 72'minutes
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 9Guidetti

Substitutes

  • 12Scepovic
  • 23Lustig
  • 28Griffiths
  • 32Wakaso
  • 33Kayal
  • 38Fasan
  • 42McGregor
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
19,051

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Celtic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Celtic 2.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

John Guidetti (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 1, Celtic 2. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Peter Pawlett.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Scott Brown (Celtic).

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Mikael Lustig replaces Adam Matthews.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Jason Denayer (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Anthony Stokes.

Booking

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Guidetti (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. David Goodwillie replaces Adam Rooney.

Booking

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic128222581726
2Inverness CT138231911826
3Dundee Utd138142214825
4Hamilton1373324141024
5Aberdeen137151917222
6Dundee135531815320
7Kilmarnock136251516-120
8Partick Thistle124351716115
9St Johnstone134271016-614
10Motherwell13319821-1310
11St Mirren132291022-128
12Ross County132291229-178
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