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  1. FT: Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic (Rooney) (Johansen, van Dijk)
  2. Celtic hit top spot in the league
  3. Celtic's Scott Brown sent off
  4. Dons' Shay Logan sent off after game

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Well, it was an eventful match. We'll get on with publishing the reaction to today's game. Thanks very much, once again, for joining us, and look out for those online highlights later. All the best.

Joe, Aberdeen: "Aberdeen very unlucky today. Brown could've been off before he was, Emilio as well for pushing Hayes. Also...push on McGinn and dodgy last corner they scored from? I think so."

Willie from Newmachar: "2 things. Firstly Scott Brown's disrespect for referees is disgraceful and should not be tolerated, secondly the behaviour of a minority within the Celtic fans during the minute's silence beggars belief, surely the SFA must take action. And by the way the Aberdeen keeper touched no one and was not a corner! Aberdeen deserved all three points."

Jim Edinburgh: "Typical McInnes gripe gripe gripe. And I thought it was McGinn who dived to get Brown sent of!"

Alan, a happy Hoop: "That was better than anything the English game offered this wknd."

Highlights of all of yesterday's Scottish Premiership matches will be on the website at 18:00 GMT. The best bits of the game at Pittodrie will be online at midnight.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

(On Shay Logan's red card after the match) "It was something Shay had said to the linesman in the tunnel. They took offence to it and they have red-carded him. I know what he is alleged to have said. Shay should have kept his cool. Shay, like the rest of my players, are a bit aggrieved at decisions in the build-up to their goals. There was a foul on McGinn in the middle of the pitch when they broke for the first goal, and there was no touch from an Aberdeen player for the second when Celtic scored from the corner. It's hard to take when you lose a goal late on. It's harder to take from a set piece. They (Celtic) will know they were in a game. I am disappointed we didn't make more of our chances. Credit to Celtic for keeping going. They have gone home with three points. We got two wingers on (after Scott Brown's red card) and we got enough balls into the final third. I thought we might run out of time to score a goal, not thinking we might lose one. We need to look at ourselves. We are a decent team. It's important we try to use the disappointment from today to spur us on for the rest of the season."

We're waiting to hear from Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen boss. He'll be hurting, one suspects.

How satisfying for Celtic, given their midweek exploits in the Europa League where they drew 1-1 against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday evening.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Deila was an animated figure at the final whistle and enjoyed celebrating with the travelling fans.


Our Sportsound colleagues are hearing that Aberdeen defender Shay Logan has been sent off in the tunnel after the game, possibly for foul and abusive language.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"That was a fantastic win. To come up here and get three points, that's what I call team spirit. To celebrate that with the fans was fantastic. We were pretty confident that something could happen in the end. It was a tough game to be a ref in. There were a lot of challenges and the pitch was not perfect. I feel more and more together with the players."

TV replays suggest that Mikael Lustig may have got the last touch on the ball in the clearance that led to Celtic's corner...that led to the goal.

Former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller

"The Aberdeen defenders didn't defend against the tallest man on the park."

MBEHAN ‏@Mikeybhoy77: "The character of champions #bbcscotfootball"

Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod

"They thought they were going on to get a goal. I think the Aberdeen players were thinking, 'we are going to win this game'. But Celtic have the quality, they have the strength. Aberdeen paid the penalty. Aberdeen didn't defend."

Celtic scorer Stefan Johansen

"We wanted to win this game so bad. Having the captain sent off and to win this game shows the character of the team. He (manager Ronny Deila) is doing well, he is getting results now. We are doing well in Europe, we are top of the league and we're still in both cups. That sounds pretty good to me."

Dons manager Derek McInnes will be hurting that his players did not make more of having a one-man advantage for the tail end of the game.

Celtic are now above Inverness on goal difference, while Aberdeen are fifth.


Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic

Celtic are top of the league for the first time this season with these three points at Aberdeen. Their players are rejoicing in front of their ecstatic fans, in stark contrast to the home players and supporters.

Niall McGinn gets on the end of a cross from the left and hits a first-time shot straight at Lukasz Zaluska. The travelling fans are in full voice. Thirty seconds to go.


Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic (van Dijk)

Manager Ronny Deila celebrates what looks like a winner for Celtic as Virgil van Dijk taps home an in-swinging corner from six yards. It's a sickener for the big Aberdeen support but joy for the visitors.

Charlie Mulgrew lurches forward into space and half-hits a shot at the Aberdeen goal that is deflected out for a Celtic corner.

Ryan Jack's blasted shot at goal is blocked by Celtic scorer Stefan Johansen after Andy Considine's long throw-in had been headed clear.

Aberdeen have five minutes to make their one-man advantage count.

Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes

Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes face up after the Aberdeen player pushed the Celtic defender in the back.


Celtic captain Scott Brown is sent off for a second bookable offence, a foul on Niall McGinn.

Aberdeen enjoy a period of pressure as Jonny Hayes fires in a cross for David Goodwillie, on for Adam Rooney, but the ball is cleared and when it comes back into the box Ryan Jack is unmarked at the back post but his header is saved by Lukasz Zaluska.

Celtic have 16 minutes to find the goal that would lift them to the top of the Scottish Premiership for the first time this season. A point would lift them above Hamilton on goal difference into third place. Aberdeen would stay fifth with a draw.

Niall McGinn heads woefully wide having been set up by Ash Taylor. Dearie me, he should have done better with that. Here comes Leigh Griffiths, on for Anthony Stokes, who set up the Celtic goal and had an early chance but who has otherwise been very quiet.

Andrew Priestley: "Put the handbags away lads! #bbcscotfootball"


Referee Alan Muir loses patience with Scott Brown and books the visiting captain for one too many fouls.

Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes are booked for a spot of shoving. Hayes gave the Honduran a cheeky push in the back as the Celtic full-back tried to usher the ball out of play. However, the stocky defender reacted angrily, pushing Hayes in the chest before all and sundry rush in to end the spat.


Northern Irishman Niall McGinn smacks a shot off Lukasz Zaluska's right-hand post. He struck it well, the Dons forward. The big goalie got down quickly but didn't get a touch to it.

Niall McGinn's corner into the Celtic six-yard box is headed clear by Virgil van Dijk but the Dons forward does not waste any time in regaining possession as he cuts in from the left wing and releases a shot that goes a yard over the bar. Now, a change for Celtic - Callum McGregor comes on for James Forrest.


Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is booked by Alan Muir for a bit of back-chat.

Stefan Johansen celebrates his goal

Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Brown accompany Celtic scorer Stefan Johansen after his equalising goal at a packed Pittodrie.

It's getting a bit messy. Dons midfielder Barry Robson is horribly clumsy with a challenge on John Guidetti and Celtic win a free-kick that eventually results in a goal-kick for Aberdeen.

Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett lays the ball off nicely for Andy Considine on the sunny left flank but is caught late by the combative Scott Brown, who escapes with an upbraiding from referee Alan Muir.

BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

"Aberdeen are sitting off Celtic, showing them too much respect at the start of the second half."

Scott Brown shoots, Scott Brown saves. Confused? Let me rephrase - Celtic captain Scott Brown shoots powerfully from 18 yards and the Dons keeper Scott Brown parries the ball to safety.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown produces a comic moment as he takes a fresh-air swipe at the ball in midfield. No chances to report with three minutes gone in the second half.

The sun is still out, bathing a 10m strip that runs the length of the pitch over at the main stand.