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Summary

  1. Dons go to within three points off leaders Celtic
  2. Powerful Hayes strike put Dons ahead
  3. Church close-range effort doubled lead
  4. Griffiths' low shot consolation for visitors

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By Andy Campbell

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We didn't score early enough, it was too late when Leigh scored

There's a lot to play for and everything is in our hands. We're going to fight to the bitter end to win this title

Ronny DeilaCeltic manager
Celtic manager Ronny Deila
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delia not right man but manager change now would be counter productive #bbcsportscot

Will John Collins now withdraw his remarks that no Scottish team are clever enough to beat Celtic? #bbcsportscot

The atmosphere was terrific. The supporters made it a special night for us and the players never let them down

The performance was full of intent. We were worthy winners tonight

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Think it's time for Deila to go. He gained the support of the fans last year but I haven't heard the Ronny roar at a Celtic game in a long while. I think that says a lot.

Declan, Glasgow

Leigh Griffiths scores for Celtic against Aberdeen
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Leigh Griffiths' late strike proved only to be consolation for Celtic

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland at Pittodrie

"It was a sensational atmosphere befitting a top of the table clash. This was a game which could deliver a genuine title race. It did."

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Celtic on a domestic level are a shambles with loaned players half rate players and a system which doesn't work. Delia should resign. He's had enough time.

Tom

Celtic don't deserve to win the league based on this.they've been complacent for years and are going backwards rapidly.'mon the dons!!!

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Liam McLeod

BBC commentator at Pittodrie

This was a huge result for Aberdeen tonight

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#bbcsportscot what happened to the Celtic comeback after the weekends cup exit?? Too many chances wasted.

FULL-TIME Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

Aberdeen claim their second win over Celtic this season after first-half goals from Jonny Hayes and Simon Church.

The result cuts Celtic's lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to three points and both sides still have 14 games to play.

Aberdeen players celebrating
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GOAL Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic (Griffiths)

Leigh Griffiths sidesteps a couple of challenges and finds the bottom right corner with a low shot. Too little too late?

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland at Pittodrie

"Aberdeen deserve this. They've continued to attack with Celtic appearing largely toothless and lacking in creation and desire.

"Ronny Deila will be criticised but Derek McInnes should take the spotlight. He's done a magnificent job with this Aberdeen side."

ADDED TIME

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Three minutes of stoppage time begin.

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Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Cammy Smith takes over from opening goalscorer Jonny Hayes.

Scott Allan came on moments ago for Celtic in place of Mikael Lustig.

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Erik Sviatchenko ventures forward to boost the Celtic attack, is found by Scott Brown's reverse pass and then fizzes a low ball across the face of goal. No takers for the visitors.

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Five minutes left.

PENALTY APPEAL

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Aberdeen's Adam Rooney goes down in the Celtic box after being chased by two defenders but referee Steven McLean is unmoved by the spot-kick appeals.

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Into the last 10 minutes.

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This has been coming for Celtic. Very lightweight, in both boxes. Griffiths needs help. I cannot believe the blind faith many fans have shown deila/board. How can other top five sides assemble decent defences on a shoestring, but not us.

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila in the dugout at Pittodrie
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It's been frustrating viewing in the second half for Ronny Deila and the Celtic bench

SUBSTITUTION

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Aberdeen substitute Peter Pawlett takes over from Simon Church, who is given a warm applause from the home fans following his scoring debut.

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Frustration for Celtic as Gary Mackay-Steven's inswinging corner is not attacked by any of his team-mates and the ball drifts harmlessly out.

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@Pete short memory Leigh Griffiths 27 goals this year! That's above average

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Surely any sensible manager would take the Celtic skipper off. Several weeks out and now on a yellow!! #bbcsportscot #DonsLIVE

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland at Pittodrie

"Aberdeen should in truth be further ahead with Church missing a glorious chance early in the second half and Rooney also going close. 'Sacked in the morning' is ringing around Pittodrie and whilst perhaps unlikely, Ronny Deila is now under some serious pressure. His side simply aren't doing enough here."

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Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Niall McGinn makes way for Aberdeen and on comes Andy Considine.

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Celtic's Craig Gordon has been the busier of the two goalkeepers this evening

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Twenty minutes of regulation time remaining.

SUBSTITUTION

James Forrest replaces Callum McGregor for Celtic.

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Two terrible games in a row from Griffiths. Too much praise for an average overall player.

Pete

Celtic forward Colin Kazim-Richards
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Colin Kazim-Richards is making his Celtic debut as a substitute this evening

YELLOW CARD

Celtic captain Scott Brown goes into the referee's book following an off-the-ball challenge.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Adam Rooney just mis-times his header after a corner delivery takes a nick on its way towards the back post and the Aberdeen forward heads just wide.

GREAT SAVE!

An audacious effort from long range by Niall McGinn has Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon at full stretch to beat away. The Dons are playing with a lot of confidence.

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#bbcsportscot fantastic to see Aberdeen playing so well. Liking the looks of Church #COYR

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Aberdeen fans briefly start celebrating after Graeme Shinnie's low ball fizzes in towards the left-hand post but goalkeeper Craig Gordon had in fact smothered the ball, much to the visiting support's relief.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths' looping header drops wide of the Aberdeen goal.

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#bbcsportscot Celtic is missing badly a forward who can carry the ball and create. Btw, Sammy is a free agent.

CLOSE!

Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths fires a low ball across the Aberdeen box and substitute Colin Kazim-Richards is inches away from making a crucial connection.