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Keir Murray

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    Well, it was an eventful match. We'll get on with publishing the reaction to today's game. Thanks very much, once again, for joining us, and look out for those online highlights later. All the best.

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    Joe, Aberdeen: "Aberdeen very unlucky today. Brown could've been off before he was, Emilio as well for pushing Hayes. Also...push on McGinn and dodgy last corner they scored from? I think so."

    Willie from Newmachar: "2 things. Firstly Scott Brown's disrespect for referees is disgraceful and should not be tolerated, secondly the behaviour of a minority within the Celtic fans during the minute's silence beggars belief, surely the SFA must take action. And by the way the Aberdeen keeper touched no one and was not a corner! Aberdeen deserved all three points."

    Jim Edinburgh: "Typical McInnes gripe gripe gripe. And I thought it was McGinn who dived to get Brown sent of!"

    Alan, a happy Hoop: "That was better than anything the English game offered this wknd."

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    Highlights of all of yesterday's Scottish Premiership matches will be on the website at 18:00 GMT. The best bits of the game at Pittodrie will be online at midnight.

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    (On Shay Logan's red card after the match) "It was something Shay had said to the linesman in the tunnel. They took offence to it and they have red-carded him. I know what he is alleged to have said. Shay should have kept his cool. Shay, like the rest of my players, are a bit aggrieved at decisions in the build-up to their goals. There was a foul on McGinn in the middle of the pitch when they broke for the first goal, and there was no touch from an Aberdeen player for the second when Celtic scored from the corner. It's hard to take when you lose a goal late on. It's harder to take from a set piece. They (Celtic) will know they were in a game. I am disappointed we didn't make more of our chances. Credit to Celtic for keeping going. They have gone home with three points. We got two wingers on (after Scott Brown's red card) and we got enough balls into the final third. I thought we might run out of time to score a goal, not thinking we might lose one. We need to look at ourselves. We are a decent team. It's important we try to use the disappointment from today to spur us on for the rest of the season."

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    We're waiting to hear from Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen boss. He'll be hurting, one suspects.

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    How satisfying for Celtic, given their midweek exploits in the Europa League where they drew 1-1 against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday evening.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila was an animated figure at the final whistle and enjoyed celebrating with the travelling fans.


    Our Sportsound colleagues are hearing that Aberdeen defender Shay Logan has been sent off in the tunnel after the game, possibly for foul and abusive language.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "That was a fantastic win. To come up here and get three points, that's what I call team spirit. To celebrate that with the fans was fantastic. We were pretty confident that something could happen in the end. It was a tough game to be a ref in. There were a lot of challenges and the pitch was not perfect. I feel more and more together with the players."

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    TV replays suggest that Mikael Lustig may have got the last touch on the ball in the clearance that led to Celtic's corner...that led to the goal.

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    Former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller

    "The Aberdeen defenders didn't defend against the tallest man on the park."

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    MBEHAN ‏@Mikeybhoy77: "The character of champions #bbcscotfootball"

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    Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod

    "They thought they were going on to get a goal. I think the Aberdeen players were thinking, 'we are going to win this game'. But Celtic have the quality, they have the strength. Aberdeen paid the penalty. Aberdeen didn't defend."

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    Celtic scorer Stefan Johansen

    "We wanted to win this game so bad. Having the captain sent off and to win this game shows the character of the team. He (manager Ronny Deila) is doing well, he is getting results now. We are doing well in Europe, we are top of the league and we're still in both cups. That sounds pretty good to me."

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    Dons manager Derek McInnes will be hurting that his players did not make more of having a one-man advantage for the tail end of the game.

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    Celtic are now above Inverness on goal difference, while Aberdeen are fifth.


    Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic

    Celtic are top of the league for the first time this season with these three points at Aberdeen. Their players are rejoicing in front of their ecstatic fans, in stark contrast to the home players and supporters.

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    Niall McGinn gets on the end of a cross from the left and hits a first-time shot straight at Lukasz Zaluska. The travelling fans are in full voice. Thirty seconds to go.

  19. GOAL

    Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic (van Dijk)

    Manager Ronny Deila celebrates what looks like a winner for Celtic as Virgil van Dijk taps home an in-swinging corner from six yards. It's a sickener for the big Aberdeen support but joy for the visitors.

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    Charlie Mulgrew lurches forward into space and half-hits a shot at the Aberdeen goal that is deflected out for a Celtic corner.

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    Ryan Jack's blasted shot at goal is blocked by Celtic scorer Stefan Johansen after Andy Considine's long throw-in had been headed clear.

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    Aberdeen have five minutes to make their one-man advantage count.

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    Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes

    Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes face up after the Aberdeen player pushed the Celtic defender in the back.

  24. RED CARD

    Celtic captain Scott Brown is sent off for a second bookable offence, a foul on Niall McGinn.

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    Aberdeen enjoy a period of pressure as Jonny Hayes fires in a cross for David Goodwillie, on for Adam Rooney, but the ball is cleared and when it comes back into the box Ryan Jack is unmarked at the back post but his header is saved by Lukasz Zaluska.

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    Celtic have 16 minutes to find the goal that would lift them to the top of the Scottish Premiership for the first time this season. A point would lift them above Hamilton on goal difference into third place. Aberdeen would stay fifth with a draw.

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    Niall McGinn heads woefully wide having been set up by Ash Taylor. Dearie me, he should have done better with that. Here comes Leigh Griffiths, on for Anthony Stokes, who set up the Celtic goal and had an early chance but who has otherwise been very quiet.

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    Andrew Priestley: "Put the handbags away lads! #bbcscotfootball"


    Referee Alan Muir loses patience with Scott Brown and books the visiting captain for one too many fouls.

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    Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes are booked for a spot of shoving. Hayes gave the Honduran a cheeky push in the back as the Celtic full-back tried to usher the ball out of play. However, the stocky defender reacted angrily, pushing Hayes in the chest before all and sundry rush in to end the spat.


    Northern Irishman Niall McGinn smacks a shot off Lukasz Zaluska's right-hand post. He struck it well, the Dons forward. The big goalie got down quickly but didn't get a touch to it.

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    Niall McGinn's corner into the Celtic six-yard box is headed clear by Virgil van Dijk but the Dons forward does not waste any time in regaining possession as he cuts in from the left wing and releases a shot that goes a yard over the bar. Now, a change for Celtic - Callum McGregor comes on for James Forrest.


    Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is booked by Alan Muir for a bit of back-chat.

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    Stefan Johansen celebrates his goal

    Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Brown accompany Celtic scorer Stefan Johansen after his equalising goal at a packed Pittodrie.

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    It's getting a bit messy. Dons midfielder Barry Robson is horribly clumsy with a challenge on John Guidetti and Celtic win a free-kick that eventually results in a goal-kick for Aberdeen.

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    Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett lays the ball off nicely for Andy Considine on the sunny left flank but is caught late by the combative Scott Brown, who escapes with an upbraiding from referee Alan Muir.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "Aberdeen are sitting off Celtic, showing them too much respect at the start of the second half."

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    Scott Brown shoots, Scott Brown saves. Confused? Let me rephrase - Celtic captain Scott Brown shoots powerfully from 18 yards and the Dons keeper Scott Brown parries the ball to safety.

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    Celtic skipper Scott Brown produces a comic moment as he takes a fresh-air swipe at the ball in midfield. No chances to report with three minutes gone in the second half.

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    The sun is still out, bathing a 10m strip that runs the length of the pitch over at the main stand.

  41. KICK-OFF

    Aberdeen get the second half going.

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    Stefan Johansen scores for Celtic

    Goalkeeper Scott Brown races from his line but he can't stop Stefan Johansen skilfully clipping the ball beyond him and into the net to make it 1-1.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "I'm really enjoying the game. I think there's a real edge to it. You don't want to take your eyes off it. There are some good performers out there."

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    I've just been watching the build-up to the Celtic goal. There's no excuse for the hesitancy shown by Mark Reynolds - presumably he thought his keeper was coming to collect it - but a few seconds before Stefan Johansen nicked in, Charlie Mulgrew pushed Dons forward Niall McGinn to the ground in the centre circle, dispossessing him after Andy Considine had passed to him.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "It settled down. I feel that Celtic have had the better possession, the slightly better chances. There's not too much in the game. There's no doubt that Zaluska should have done better with the shot that came in, but he spilled it."


    Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    That was an entertaining first half. It started slowly but came to the boil nicely, with Stefan Johansen cancelling out Adam Rooney's opener for the Dons.

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    Adam Rooney celebrates scoring the opener

    Adam Rooney celebrates scoring the opener for Aberdeen at Pittodrie, being the fastest to react to a loose ball in the Celtic box.

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    And Johansen expertly controls a ball out of defence to drill a shot at the Dons goal, but the effort is saved by Scott Brown.

  49. GOAL

    Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic (Johansen)

    Stefan Johansen pulls Celtic level at Pittodrie. Anthony Stokes slips a cute ball inside the box and Mark Reynolds dithers, allowing the eager Norwegian to sneak in and poke the ball past the advancing goalkeeper Scott Brown. That's Johansen's fourth of the season.

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    Central midfielder Ryan Jack is afforded too much space by a retreating green and white defence and tugs a shot a few feet wide of Lukasz Zaluska's goal and Peter Pawlett shows a deft touch to control a ball into the box and his cross causes mayhem in the Celtic box but they get it clear,

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    James Forrest shows a characteristic turn of pace to get past his man down the right wing and cross into the box where Aberdeen's imposing defender Ash Taylor is alert to the danger, moving to the near post to concede a set piece. Celtic centre-half Virgil van Dijk gets clear of Andy Considine and rises to meet the resultant corner and Scott Brown makes a solid save in the Dons goal.

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    Indeed, Aberdeen as a whole have defended well. John Guidetti hasn't had a chance in the game yet.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "They are working very hard on the defensive side, (Niall) McGinn and (Jonny) Hayes."

  54. GOAL

    Aberdeen 1-0 Celtic (Rooney)

    Andy Considine's shot comes back off Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska and in steps Adam Rooney to knock the ball into the net with his left boot, though it looks like the Pole got a desperate touch to it.

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    Jonny Hayes tries to keep up with attacking Celtic full-back Adam Matthews and resorts to a trip. That was a good turn of pace by the Welshman, who cut infield and darted across the halfway line from his right-back berth.

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    Sportsound commentator Liam McLeod reports that there are more than 19,000 inside Pittodrie. It has the feel of an early-season match in August, with the sunshine adding to an air of general enthusiasm.

  57. CLOSE!

    James Forrest, John Guidetti, Stefan Johansen and Anthony Stokes are involved in a flowing move into the Dons' box and it's the Irishman who almost passes the ball into Aberdeen goalie Scott Brown's net from 12 yards. That went a foot wide. He opted to hit it first time, hoping to wrong-foot the keeper.

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    How crucial will the first goal be? There doesn't look to be much between the teams so far this afternoon but so often in this league the team that scores first goes on to win.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "It needs to settle down a little bit. Some of the players, particularly in midfield, need to pass the ball on the ground. On too many occasions they are trying to hit it over the top."

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    Scott Brown blazes the ball high into the Richard Donald Stand at Pittodrie after a clipped Celtic free-kick into the box had been half cleared.

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    John McEnerney: "#bbcscotfootball the way Aberdeen have been playing fans must be thinking the glory days of Miller, Black, Rougvie are returning 2 Pittodrie"

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    Poor Flood is hobbling back to the Aberdeen changing room - it looks like a hamstring injury. He was excellent last Monday night against Ross County.

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    It's even in the early exchanges, both teams winning free-kicks without creating too much. Aberdeen midfielder Willo Flood is in trouble after being fouled - he is replaced by Barry Robson.

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    Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska

    Lukasz Zaluska is in goal for Celtic this afternoon, with Craig Gordon suffering from a neck strain.


    The Aberdeen fans make loud claims for a penalty as Peter Pawlett goes down in the box under a softish challenge by Celtic captain Scott Brown. I didn't see too much in that.

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    Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska takes advantage of getting an early touch of the ball, just getting the measure of things as the game begins slowly.

  67. KICK-OFF

    The game is under way in beautiful sunshine in Aberdeen.

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    Andrew Gibson: "The cross country race I was supposed to be doing today is being dingyed. Can't tear myself away from @celticfc. Huge game #bbcscotfootball"

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    Aberdeen defensive "legend" Willie Miller

    "It's a fabulous day for a game of football. We're in for a treat this afternoon."

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    The teams are in the tunnel. Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds looks focused, pensive.

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    Ronny Deila says his goalkeeper Craig Gordon woke up with a stiff neck but fully expects him to be fit to join the Scotland squad to play the Republic of Ireland and England. The Celtic boss adds that Aleksandar Tonev's absence from the squad is, in part, for diplomatic reasons, given his contested ban for racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "It's a fantastic opportunity for us. It's a big game. We go top of the league if we win. The players are ready. I can see it in their eyes. John (Guidetti) has been fantastic for us. He loves big matches. You need to be very strong and have a personality (to play for a big club like Celtic) and I can assure you John has that."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "There has been a lot to like about us the past wee while. I thought Stokes would be back. Both teams are in good form. There will be plenty edge to the game - a full house, good conditions, it's live on TV and radio. We want to show ourselves in a good light and back ourselves. We have to have that belief that gives us the mentality to go out there and take them on."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo Macleod

    "Stefan Johansen has to give a good performance. Celtic have the likes of Forrest and Guidetti. Aberdeen have Pawlett, McGinn, Hayes. They are all good players."

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    Reporter Chick Young tells BBC Scotland listeners that Craig Gordon's absence is due to a stiff neck. He played in Romania in midweek and impressed once again in European competition.

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    So, having a look at the teams, winger Aleksandar Tonev has been left out by Celtic. The Bulgarian was eligible after Celtic appealed against his seven-match ban for using insulting language of a "racist nature" against Dons full-back Shay Logan in the teams' previous meeting, but he is absent from the team sheet for today's match.

    Fit-again James Forrest makes his first appearance since August while strike pair Anthony Stokes and John Guidetti return after missing the Europa League draw with Astra Giurgiu. Adam Matthews also comes in along with goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska, with Craig Gordon missing out.

    Logan starts for an Aberdeen side that is unchanged following their third consecutive 1-0 win.


    Aberdeen: Brown, Logan, Taylor, Reynolds, Considine, Jack, Flood, Hayes, Pawlett, McGinn, Rooney. Subs: Langfield, Monakana, Smith, Robson, Goodwillie, Shankland, McKenna.

    Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Johansen, Forrest, Stokes, Mulgrew, Guidetti. Subs: Scepovic, Lustig, Griffiths, Wakaso, Kayal, Fasan, McGregor.

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    A very good afternoon to you. Thanks for joining us here at BBC Scotland to cover the Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie. The match kicks off in half an hour.