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Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic

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Highlights: Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic

Celtic reeled off a 10th straight win against Aberdeen - a ninth under Brendan Rodgers - to restore their nine-point lead in the Premiership.

Both sides missed chances before Moussa Dembele headed in James Forrest's cross at the back post for the opener.

Celtic had Mikael Lustig sent off for a second yellow card 15 minutes from time but Kieran Tierney slammed in a second.

The Dons' frustration boiled over when debutant substitute Sam Cosgrove was sent off for a lunge at Scott Brown.

It left Aberdeen, runners-up for the past three seasons, 12 points adrift of the champions.

Celtic move back nine points clear of Rangers, who they face at Ibrox in a fortnight - after a midweek Premiership game against Dundee and next Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Greenock Morton.

Moussa Dembele heads Celtic in front
Moussa Dembele scored his 10th goal of the season to put Celtic ahead

The champions may not have too many weaknesses but, as they showed in defeat against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on Thursday, they are far from convincing at defending set-pieces at times.

That was certainly the case again at Pittodrie, but Aberdeen failed to exploit the early chances that came their way from a Kenny McLean free-kick, and Kari Arnason's long throw.

Stevie May, preferred to top scorer Adam Rooney from the start, was inches away from converting the first while Anthony O'Connor failed to get enough power on the ball when trying to take advantage of the second.

At the other end, Scott Sinclair's corner clipped the top of the crossbar while Dons goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, on loan from Newcastle, got the chance to show why he is so highly rated midway through the half.

The youngster, who won the Under-20 World Cup with England last summer, made important blocks to deny Sinclair and Dembele in quick succession.

He was also quick to spot the danger as Tom Rogic raced on to a through-ball, Woodman sprinting to the edge of his box to clear the midfielder's header.

Kieran Tierney celebrates scoring Celtic's second goal
Kieran Tierney also scored in Celtic's 3-1 win at Pittodrie earlier this season

He did enjoy a slice of luck after 35 minutes when Olivier Ntcham's sweetly struck shot from the edge of the D smacked back off the post and straight into the grateful arms of the Aberdeen goalkeeper.

There was no let-off two minutes later, though, when Forrest tormented Andrew Considine before hoisting the perfect cross to the back post where Dembele had stolen a yard on Arnason to head home the opener.

Celtic were not at their fluent best, but still had the touch of quality needed to get a victory which again renders talk of a genuine title race redundant.

It proved to be far more frenetic than anyone could have anticipated in an explosive second half that saw both sides finish the match with 10 men.

Lustig had been walking a fine line after being booked for a crude foul on former Celtic team-mate Gary Mackay-Steven and he received a second yellow card after another lunge on the same player with 15 minutes left.

Aberdeen were far more aggressive in the second half as they pushed a higher line and snapped into tackles, but Cosgrove took it too far on what was a disastrous debut for the striker signed last month from Carlisle United.

He was only on the field for eight minutes before receiving a straight red card for chopping down Scott Brown.

Aberdeen substitute Sam Cosgrove is shown the red card for a challenge on Scott Brown
Aberdeen substitute Sam Cosgrove's debut lasted just eight minutes

But by then Tierney, with a brilliant assist from Dembele, had produced another stunning piece of the quality the ultimately spilt the teams.

The Frenchman ran from just inside his own half as the Dons were caught on the counter-attack, then showed the poise to roll the ball into the path of Tierney who lashed an unstoppable angled drive beyond Woodman.

Aberdeen did have chances to level before that - McLean, Niall McGinn and O'Connor all missed in one goalmouth scramble - but they lacked composure in front of goal.

The painful fact for their supporters is they have now lost all six crunch matches against the Old Firm this season.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 30Woodman
  • 2Logan
  • 14ArnasonBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMaynardat 90'minutes
  • 19McKennaBooked at 44mins
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 87mins
  • 5O'Connor
  • 23NwakaliSubstituted forRooneyat 82'minutes
  • 17McGinn
  • 7McLean
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 83MaySubstituted forCosgroveat 76'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 9Rooney
  • 10Maynard
  • 15Wright
  • 18Ball
  • 20Rogers
  • 27Cosgrove

Celtic

  • 24de Vries
  • 23LustigBooked at 76mins
  • 5Simunovic
  • 35Ajer
  • 63Tierney
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forHendryat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Ntcham
  • 8Brown
  • 11SinclairSubstituted forEdouardat 81'minutes
  • 18RogicSubstituted forMcGregorat 72'minutes
  • 10Dembele

Substitutes

  • 4Hendry
  • 22Edouard
  • 29Bain
  • 42McGregor
  • 59Miller
  • 67Musonda
  • 88Kouassi
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
17,206

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Celtic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Celtic 2.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Odsonne Edouard (Celtic).

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

Booking

Jack Hendry (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Hand ball by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Maynard replaces Kári Arnason.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Celtic).

Kári Arnason (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

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

Dismissal

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) is shown the red card.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 0, Celtic 2. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Chidiebere Nwakali.

Foul by Jozo Simunovic (Celtic).

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chidiebere Nwakali (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Odsonne Edouard replaces Scott Sinclair.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jack Hendry replaces James Forrest.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Sam Cosgrove replaces Stevie May.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Mikael Lustig (Celtic) for a bad foul.

Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Tomas Rogic.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Celtic).

Kári Arnason (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

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

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 25th February 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28197256183864
2Rangers28174755312455
3Aberdeen28164843331052
4Hibernian2813964032848
5Hearts2891182826238
6Kilmarnock269983335-236
7Motherwell28105133437-335
8St Johnstone2686122436-1230
9Dundee2884163043-1328
10Hamilton2675143648-1226
11Partick Thistle2866162647-2124
12Ross County2856172948-1921
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