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Scottish Premiership: Celtic 4-1 Aberdeen

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Highlights: Celtic 4-1 Aberdeen

Celtic moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comprehensive victory over last season's runners-up, Aberdeen.

The champions' early domination led to Leigh Griffiths' driven opener.

Ruthless finishing from Adam Rooney exposed defensive frailty to give the Dons a surprise equaliser.

James Forrest's clever finish and Scott Sinclair's penalty - after the sending off of Mark Reynolds - secured the win before Tom Rogic curled in a fourth.

The victory in Brendan Rodgers' first home league game as Celtic manager takes his side a point ahead of city rivals Rangers with a game in hand.

Dorus day

Dorus de Vries, who played for Rodgers at Swansea City before being brought to Celtic by the new manager, came into the team for Craig Gordon.

Rodgers' rationale, from what we can decipher, was that he likes his team to build from the back and that the Dutchman is a better distributor than the Scotland keeper.

There was little evidence that De Vries is any better in that department. Shortly before half-time, he gifted a ball to Kenny McLean and had to be bailed out by Kolo Toure.

His use of the ball wasn't convincing. Gordon could understandably look at his successor's performance and wonder why he had been dropped.

The beauty of this Celtic team, though, is in their huge firepower. Even when tired, as they were at times following their midweek Champions League qualifying success, they still won in a canter.

Ruthless finishing

Celtic's Dorus de Vries and Brendan Rodgers chat after the game
Dorus de Vries and Brendan Rodgers worked together at Swansea City

Rogic, a huge Celtic asset, had smashed one off the Aberdeen crossbar early on, but when the goals started going in, they were delicious.

Griffiths' nutmeg on McLean and his subsequent thumping finish was glorious. Then, utterly against the run of play, Rooney curled in a fine equaliser after Toure's clearance fell to the Aberdeen striker.

Forrest's goal, after 42 minutes, was clinical too. Rogic played him through and the winger put it away with the outside of his right foot. The revitalised Forrest has scored three goals this season - one more than all of last season.

Who can silence Celtic's attack?

Aberdeen's record at Celtic Park is lamentable. Coming here, they had 22 consecutive losses in the league in 12 years and 62 goals conceded in that time.

They huffed and puffed in the second half, but their accuracy was nowhere good enough. And they paid for it.

Those awful statistics at the home of the champions got significantly worse late on when Reynolds, already on a yellow, bundled over Sinclair in the box. Reynolds got a red, Sinclair took the penalty - and scored.

A fourth came when Rogic thundered home a free-kick - another thumping strike from a man who has a kick like a mule.

Only four games into this league campaign and you have to wonder who in the Premiership has the capacity to silence this relentless Celtic attack. Their nearest challengers from the last two seasons were routed.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 24de Vries
  • 23Lustig
  • 2K Touré
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 6BittonSubstituted forMcGregorat 80'minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forRobertsat 57'minutes
  • 18Rogic
  • 11Sinclair
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forDembeleat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 10Dembele
  • 17Christie
  • 22Janko
  • 27Roberts
  • 42McGregor

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 15O'ConnorSubstituted forStoreyat 84'minutes
  • 5Taylor
  • 6ReynoldsBooked at 87mins
  • 4Considine
  • 8Burns
  • 7McLean
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 90mins
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forStorieat 90+2'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStockleyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Stockley
  • 18Morris
  • 19Storie
  • 24McKenna
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
57,758

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 4, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 4, Aberdeen 1.

Booking

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Hand ball by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Craig Storie replaces Niall McGinn.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Aberdeen 1. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Aberdeen 1. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) for a bad foul.

Penalty Celtic. Scott Sinclair draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) after a foul in the penalty area.

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Adam Rooney.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Anthony O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Nir Bitton.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

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

Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Patrick Roberts (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Moussa Dembele replaces Leigh Griffiths because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces James Forrest.

Foul by Kolo Touré (Celtic).

Wes Burns (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic330010469
2Rangers42206428
3Hearts42118447
4Ross County42026606
5Dundee41215415
6Hamilton41214405
7Aberdeen412135-25
8Motherwell411245-14
9St Johnstone411257-24
10Kilmarnock411246-24
11Partick Thistle31024403
12Inverness CT4103511-63
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