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Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

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Scottish Premiership highlights: Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

Celtic continued their stranglehold over Aberdeen at Parkhead to stretch their Premiership lead to 25 points and unbeaten domestic run to 28 games.

The Dons hinted at ending a run of 23 straight league defeats in the east end of Glasgow during an even first half.

But their resistance ended when Dedryck Boyata rose to head home Scott Sinclair's free-kick after 57 minutes.

Aberdeen rallied again late on but couldn't find an equaliser to stop them slipping 27 points behind the leaders.

Looking at the hosts' line-up, it was easy to see why the visitors fancied their chances of a first league win at Celtic Park since 2004.

Key players such as Moussa Dembele, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths all missed out through injury, but Aberdeen's five straight wins backed up that belief with form.

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata heads home a free-kick against Celtic
Dedryck Boyata scored his second goal in three games since returning to the side

What the first half lacked in clear-cut chances, it made up for in tactical intrigue with both managers pushing and pulling their men from the sidelines like tinkering chess masters.

Aberdeen deployed a high line and they pressed the champions in a way they are not accustomed to domestically.

The work-rate from the visitors was impressive but as expected, Celtic enjoyed the majority of the possession and their first chance came when left-back Kieran Tierney curled an effort just over the bar after cutting inside and spying Joe Lewis off his line.

But with their main strikers out, Celtic's killer instinct was also missing and there was a lack of focal point up front, despite some good movement between Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts in particular.

Sinclair passed up a chance inside the box just before the break, although Ryan Jack should be praised for a timely tackle.

Aberdeen's Ryan Jack makes a point to Shane Logan
Aberdeen were left frustrated at another fruitless outing at Celtic Park

The Dons were doing their job defensively but in the pursuit of stifling Celtic they were creating very little of their own. A Graeme Shinnie shot high over the bar was as close as they came in the first half.

But as many teams have found to their cost this season, you can only stifle this Celtic side under Brendan Rodgers for so long and 12 minutes after the break they were ahead through Boyata.

The big Belgian defender rose magnificently inside the six-yard box to head home an equally impressive Sinclair cross from the left-hand side.

Aberdeen looked punch drunk after that - the men in green and white sensed it and pushed for the second. They almost got it too through Sinclair but his curling right-foot effort battered off the bar.

Their crisp passing and movement off the ball, at times, left the visitors chasing shadows.

When the Dons settled they knew, if they were to take points, they had to push out, but they also knew that would leave gaps and Roberts almost exploited pace down the left-hand side but pulled his low drive just wide.

Aberdeen had scored in seven of their last eight visits to Celtic Park though and the belief they started with never really left them.

They continued to press Celtic, hoping to pounce on a stray ball or misplaced pass, but the champions saw it out with the professional swagger that we have become used to.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 5Simunovic
  • 63Tierney
  • 42McGregorSubstituted forHendersonat 79'minutes
  • 8BrownBooked at 86mins
  • 6Bitton
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 71'minutes
  • 27RobertsSubstituted forSviatchenkoat 87'minutes
  • 11Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 12Gamboa
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 24de Vries
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 53Henderson
  • 76Aitchison

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2LoganBooked at 35minsSubstituted forPawlettat 90'minutes
  • 4Considine
  • 5TaylorBooked at 71mins
  • 6ReynoldsSubstituted forStockleyat 86'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 22Jack
  • 7McLean
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 59mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStoreyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15O'Connor
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Stockley
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 27Ross
  • 39Storey
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
53,958

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home7
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 1, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Aberdeen 0.

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Shaleum Logan.

Gary Mackay-Steven (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Erik Sviatchenko replaces Patrick Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Mark Reynolds.

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

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

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

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

Attempt saved. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Liam Henderson replaces Callum McGregor.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Adam Rooney.

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Patrick Roberts (Celtic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces James Forrest.

Booking

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Booking

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

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 1, Aberdeen 0. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Sinclair following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23221060144667
2Rangers2312653125642
3Aberdeen22124638201840
4Hearts2397742311134
5St Johnstone239772925434
6Motherwell2266102736-924
7Partick Thistle2358102430-623
8Ross County2358102641-1523
9Kilmarnock225891937-1823
10Dundee2264122131-1022
11Hamilton2331192434-1020
12Inverness CT2338122643-1717
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