Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland
Paul Quinn celebrates his late winner for Aberdeen
Paul Quinn celebrates his late winner for 10-man Aberdeen

Ten-man Aberdeen maintained their winning start to the season, coming from behind to defeat Celtic.

Paul Quinn touched in a Niall McGinn free-kick on 86 minutes as the Dons leapfrogged the champions to reach the top of the Premiership.

Leigh Griffiths had given the visitors the lead with a penalty.

Adam Rooney levelled with a spot-kick of his own and the hosts showed great spirit to snatch victory following the dismissal of Jonny Hayes.

Aberdeen, who lost all four matches against Celtic last season, have now made their best start to a league campaign with six consecutive victories.

Derek McInnes's side had battled gamely to establish parity but a home win looked unlikely following the harsh red card shown to Hayes, who had been the game's outstanding performer.

Aberdeen lost Jonny Hayes (right) to a red card
Aberdeen lost Jonny Hayes (right) to a red card in the second half

The lively winger appeared to reach the ball first as he slid in on Mikael Lustig and the Celtic defender's reaction certainly indicated he thought there was no malice intended.

However, the Dons did enjoy some fortune when Andrew Considine escaped with a booking for conceding the first-half penalty converted by Griffiths.

The left-back was caught out by a super long diagonal pass from Charlie Mulgrew, getting on the wrong side of Griffiths and tugging the striker as he shaped to shoot.

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An eventful game for Considine opened with a woeful back-pass that nearly gifted Tom Rogic a goal, while in stoppage-time he denied Griffiths with a clearance off the line.

Prior to his ninth goal of the season, a free-kick from Griffiths rattled the crossbar following a large deflection off Graeme Shinnie.

Aberdeen really should have been level before the break when a lovely delivery from Hayes found McLean unattended right in front of goal six yards out but somehow the midfielder failed to make contact with his attempted header.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates his ninth goal of the season
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths celebrates his ninth goal of the season

Early in the second half there were loud cries for an Aberdeen penalty as Mulgrew stopped a Shay Logan cross with his arm but the home fans did not have long to wait for the second spot-kick of the game.

Dedryk Boyata was punished for a clumsy challenge on Shinnie near the byeline when there was little apparent danger and Rooney drilled in the equaliser.

The foul count was growing as the rain tumbled down and Aberdeen were reduced to 10 men on 72 minutes.

James Forrest fizzed a shot across goal and a Mulgrew free-kick was saved by Danny Ward as the visitors tried to press home their advantage in personnel.

But defender Quinn would prove the match-winner as he was allowed to prod in a dipping delivery from McGinn, with the Celtic defence all at sea in a congested penalty box.



Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 19Ward
  • 5Taylor
  • 18Quinn
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 34mins
  • 2Logan
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forFloodat 87'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11HayesBooked at 72mins
  • 7McLean
  • 9RooneySubstituted forParkerat 80'minutes


  • 8Flood
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 20Brown
  • 21McLaughlin
  • 32Parker


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigBooked at 70minsSubstituted forAmbroseat 73'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 20Boyata
  • 2Blackett
  • 21MulgrewBooked at 40mins
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 18RogicSubstituted forForrestat 73'minutes
  • 25JohansenBooked at 61mins
  • 16Mackay-StevenSubstituted forCiftciat 77'minutes
  • 9Griffiths


  • 4Ambrose
  • 7Ciftci
  • 15Commons
  • 22Janko
  • 26Bailly
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
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Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamCeltic
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Celtic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Celtic 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

  5. Post update

    Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

  7. Post update

    Josh Parker (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Willo Flood replaces Niall McGinn.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 2, Celtic 1. Paul Quinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a cross following a set piece situation.

  11. Booking

    Efe Ambrose (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Josh Parker (Aberdeen).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

  17. Post update

    Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.