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Summary

  1. FT: Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen
  2. Denayer, Griffiths, Mackay-Steven, Johansen with the goals
  3. Win takes Celtic six points clear of Aberdeen
  4. Aberdeen's 13 game unbeaten league run ended

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's enough from me. Celtic look to have a very firm grip on the championship title after dismantling their nearest rivals.

    You can see online highlights of yesterday's Premiership action from 18:00, with Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 22:30 and online highlights of Celtic's win from midnight.

    Thanks for your company today and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

  2. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Celtic deserve great credit for this performance. This was the ideal time to be facing them after their midweek European game but they came through with flying colours. Aberdeen have made strides but they still have a lot to learn."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We caused Celtic problems and I was pleased with how the first half was going. Jonny [Hayes] going off was a bit of blow for us because he started brilliantly.

    "It was self-inflicted. They scored from their first corner. That's three goals from corners we've given Celtic this season.

    "I thought we should have had a penalty at 1-0, it hits [Nir] Bitton's arm

    "At 2-0 we are chasing the game and Celtic took full advantage of our desperation and punished our lack of concentration.

    "We'll continue to work hard and keep trying to win as many games as we can. We still have plenty to play for and an Aberdeen team should go all the way."

  4. Post update

    Aberdeen can be proud of the fact that this is just their sixth league defeat of the season but three of those have come against Celtic and there can be no argument about who is the better team after today's emphatic victory.

    Could it have all played out differently had the Dons defended better from a last-minute corner at Pittodrie in November and Niall McGinn's early shot gone in today? Ifs and buts...

  5. Post update

    The BBC Sportsound team are purring about the performance of Stefan Johansen. The Celtic midfielder is a blur of perpetual motion, with phenomenal fitness levels - and he can play a bit too, can't he?

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "It was an important win - not only to get three points against our nearest rivals. Mentally, we showed we are the best team

    "We struggled to get going in the beginning - they are a good team and they were fresh. But in the second half we were brilliant."

  7. Post update

    Aberdeen have a long time to lick their wounds since they are not back in action until a week on Friday when they host Motherwell.

    Celtic are at home to St Johnstone on Wednesday and then they meet Dundee United in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup next Sunday.

    If Ronny Deila's men win at Tannadice, then a domestic treble is a very real possibility.

  8. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Aberdeen just went to pieces in the second half. They were too adventurous going forward after the break and Celtic have quality players that can take advantage. The full-backs pushed too far forward and he central midfielder partnership of Ryan Jack and Willo Flood were poor. Celtic could have won by seven or eight in the end."

  9. Post update

    Aberdeen's lively start to the game seems like an awful long time ago now. The Dons' 13-game unbeaten league run is over after a third loss to Celtic this term.

  10. Post update

    Celtic won 4-0

    Celtic also have a game in hand on Aberdeen and a far superior goal difference, so it's very hard to see Ronny Deila's men slipping up in the final quarter of the season.

    It's win number 20 in the league for the defending champions.

  11. FULL-TIME

    Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen

    Celtic move six points clear at the top following a convincing win at home to their nearest challengers. Aberdeen were simply brushed aside in the second half, with Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stefan Johansen adding to Jason Denayer's first-half header.

  12. Post update

    Aberdeen fans breathe a sigh of relief as just one minute of stoppage-time is signalled.

  13. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Fred McGrath: "So this is supposedly Celtics nearest rivals and title challengers? #bbcscotfootball"

    MBEHAN: "Far better 2nd half from Celtic, far more composed & threatening #bbcscotfootball"

    Alan David Duncan: "And that's now just embarrassing. Shakin' ma heid, the sheep are deid... #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

  14. YELLOW CARD

    Frustrated Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack picks up a booking for a late challenge on Nir Bitton.

  15. Post update

    Cries of ole from the jubilant home crowd greet every Celtic pass as the hosts play a spot of keep-ball.

  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Aberdeen make a change, with defender Ash Taylor - back from injury - on in place of striker Adam Rooney.

  17. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "It's been so easy for Celtic. What this has told us is that Aberdeen are not ready yet."

  18. Post update

    It's three against one for Celtic again inside the Aberdeen penalty area but John Guidetti is guilty of hogging the ball and another golden chance is gone.

  19. GOAL

    Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen (Johansen)

    Aberdeen are sliced open again after another mistake. Kenny McLean is the culprit this time and his blunder is punished as Adam Matthews gallops forward to cut the ball back for Stefan Johansen to slam it into the corner.

  20. Post update

    Willo Flood gives the ball away again and suddenly it's a three-on-one Celtic attack but it's a case of too many cooks and the move breaks down in the Dons penalty box.

  21. CLOSE!

    Stefan Johansen is enjoying himself now as Celtic run Aberdeen ragged. The Norwegian sets up John Guidetti with a sweet pass and the Swede takes a lick of paint off the post with a fierce, low strike.

  22. SUBSTITUTION

    The sub is being subbed as Stuart Armstrong, a first-half replacement, limps off. Anthony Stokes is on for Celtic.

  23. Post update

    Aberdeen are absolutely all over the place as Willo Flood gifts possession to his former team near his own penalty area. Gary Mackay-Steven feeds Stuart Armstrong but the Celtic substitute's shot is dreadful, with the ball barely moving by the time Scott Brown picks it up.

  24. GOAL

    Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen (Mackay-Steven)

    Game over. Title race over? The Aberdeen defence backs off as Gary Mackay-Steven strides forward to drill a shot from 22 yards in off the base of the post.

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    Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Aberdeen had to adopt a risk strategy to try to turn the scoreline around, and that cost them a second goal. While they might have been the better side overall, errors have undermined their game and Celtic are now playing with poise and confidence, and the more that Aberdeen commit men upfield to try to rescue the game, the more opportunities will open up for the home side on the counter."

  26. Post update

    John Guidetti is not quite warmed up as he fails to reach a ball across the face of goal, then Stefan Johansen powers forward to hammer in a shot that Scott Brown palms away as he guards his front post. Celtic are well on top now.

  27. SUBSTITUTION

    Leigh Griffiths must continue his celebrations from the bench as John Guidetti comes on to lead the Celtic attack.

  28. GOAL

    Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen (Griffiths)

    Leigh Griffiths doubles Celtic's lead with a calm penalty, sending keeper Scott Brown the wrong way.

  29. PENALTY

    Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen, running away from goal, gets his heels clipped by Mark Reynolds.

  30. Post update

    Ryan Jack slices a shot wide from the edge of the area after Scott Brown's clearing header lands at his feet, via a deflection off Nir Bitton. The Dons appeal that it hit the Israeli's arm.

  31. Post update

    Aberdeen are leaving a few gaps at the back now as they seek an equaliser. The Dons have not been in this position for a while, so can they adapt their usual counter-attacking style?

  32. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths races on to a headed flick from Stefan Johansen and keeps a cool head to plant a shot beyond Scott Brown. But it's all to no avail since the linesman has his flag raised, albeit after a slight delay.

  33. GET INVOLVED, TEXT 80295

    Neal in Edinburgh: "The true mark of champions is being able to win ugly as well as at a canter. And Celtic are great at both. Come on You Bhoys in green."

    Dons fan Wullie: "Langfield would've been given pelters for every goal Brown has conceded. Not a bad goalie but no better than Clangers. Perhaps a quality goalie needs to be top of Derek McInnes' summer shopping list."

  34. Post update

    Peter Pawlett delivers an excellent cross from the right and Andrew Considine gets the jump on Gary Mackay-Steven but can only send a thumping header over the top from eight yards. A more than decent chance for the Dons...

  35. Post update

    Celtic's stand-in left-back Efe Ambrose gets away with another crunching challenge, this time on Kenny McLean.

  36. Post update

    Stefan Johansen raises his hands in apology to Leigh Griffiths as he overcooks a pass across the face of goal. The Aberdeen defence were posted missing there and that is a huge let off.

  37. YELLOW CARD

    Nir Bitton is cautioned for clattering Peter Pawlett as the Aberdeen midfielder motors towards the penalty area.

  38. Post update

    Celtic attack at pace and Gary Mackay-Steven prods a pass through for Stefan Johansen but the Norwegian is denied a shooting chance by the sliding Shay Logan.

  39. Post update

    Donervon Daniels is a big unit but the Aberdeen defender demonstrates a dainty touch as he sends an instinctive back-flick wide inside a congested penalty area.

  40. Post update

    Celtic keeper Craig Gordon is in a spot of bother as Kenny McLean's cross sails over him but there is Adam Matthews to head clear in front of Dons left-back Andrew Considine.

  41. KICK-OFF

    Celtic finally show up and get the action started again.

  42. Post update

    Aberdeen are out and raring to go for the second half but there is no sign of Celtic yet...

  43. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner has little sympathy for fellow keeper Scott Brown, saying the Dons number one should be strong enough to shift a weedy striker like Leigh Griffiths out of the way.

  44. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: "@AberdeenFC's @Scotty_brown85's kicking very poor. But why wasn't Lee Griffiths blown for obstruction at the corner? #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

    bringthemonjpn: "#bbcscotfootball Huge goal for Celtic. Have to imagine the manager will tell them to close down now and hold on to the one goal lead."

  45. Post update

    Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    BBC Scotland

    "It took an Aberdeen error to spark Celtic into life. It led to a goal and altered the balance of the game, although Aberdeen were aggrieved by incidents in the game - Derek McInnes and John Kennedy were arguing on the touchline at one stage. The advantage is Celtic's and Aberdeen need to recover their poise and be self-assertive again, because Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean were causing the Celtic centre-backs some anxiety."

  46. Post update

    Jason Denayer scores for Celtic

    There it is. The moment Jason Denayer nodded Celtic in front. Aberdeen keeper Scott Brown will be disappointed since it was his scuffed clearance that led to the corner and he got boxed in on his line for Stuart Armstrong's set-piece delivery.

  47. HALF-TIME

    Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

    Celtic lead 1-0

    It hasn't been a vintage performance from the champions, far from it. However, Celtic lead thanks to Jason Denayer's 37th-minute header.

    Aberdeen looked the livelier side throughout the opening 45 minutes and had a couple of early chances. How will the visitors respond after the interval?

  48. Post update

    Peter Pawlett stabs the ball past Efe Ambrose and gets absolutely iced for his cheek by the lunging Celtic defender. The Nigerian is perhaps fortunate not to be cautioned for that late challenge.

  49. YELLOW CARDS

    After challenge from behind by Andrew Considine on Gary Mackay-Steven, Celtic skipper Scott Brown and Willo Flood are booked for a spot of afters.

  50. Post update

    Aberdeen keeper Scott Brown didn't look too clever there. He's complaining that he was blocked off by Leigh Griffiths but he should really have been stronger and come out to gather or punch that corner.

  51. GOAL

    Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen (Denayer)

    Stuart Armstrong swings in the corner and Jason Denayer rises highest at the back post to nod it in from inside the six yard box.

  52. Post update

    A poor clearance from Scott Brown goes straight to Stefan Johansen who drives forward to set up Leigh Griffiths and the Celtic striker's shot on the angled is pushed away by the Dons keeper.

  53. Post update

    Mark Reynolds is caught napping by a simple ball over the top but his Dons defensive colleague Andrew Considine is alert to the danger, getting something on the ball under pressure from Leigh Griffiths, allowing keeper Scott Brown to leave his line and smother.

  54. SUBSTITUTION

    Another early change and this time it's for the visitors, with Jonny Hayes replaced by Peter Pawlett.

  55. Post update

    Kenny McLean's cross from the left falls for Ryan Jack on the edge of the penalty area and the Dons midfielder has a crack only to send his shot straight at goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

  56. Post update

    Niall McGinn hares after a quick Aberdeen free kick but Celtic defender Jason Denayer eats up the ground with a tremendous sliding challenge, with the home support roaring their approval.

  57. Post update

    Not for the first time this afternoon, Leigh Griffiths strays offside as Stuart Armstrong floats a pass beyond the Aberdeen backline.

  58. Post update

    Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    BBC Scotland

    "The dynamic, authoritative side at Celtic Park has been Aberdeen. They have committed players forward, kept the Celtic defenders on the back foot and there is a clear contrast between the team willing to drive upfield and the one that seems subdued. Celtic may be fatigued, but they need to raise their tempo if they are to counter Aberdeen's intensity."

  59. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Stephen Hay on Twitter: "Celtic definitely looking sluggish. Bitton has barely passed it to a Celtic jersey. Aberdeen looking sharp. Game on. #bbcscotfootball"

  60. Post update

    Jonny Hayes darts past Efe Ambrose with ease to clip a cross into the penalty area for Adam Rooney but the Aberdeen striker cannot get enough power on his header to trouble keeper Craig Gordon.

  61. Post update

    Both sides trade a series of aimless long balls forward, giving BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod time to tells us that Aberdeen have kept one clean sheet in their last 52 meetings with Celtic.

  62. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner

    "Celtic look very lethargic and Aberdeen are leaving three men up to make sure Celtic have no time at the back."

  63. Post update

    Aberdeen midfielder Jonny Hayes bursts into the penalty area from the left and his low cross is dummied by Adam Rooney as it rolls wide of the far post.

  64. SUBSTITUTION

    Stuart Armstrong is on for Celtic

    Celtic are forced into an early change as Kris Commons trudges off to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong.

  65. CLOSE!

    From the corner, Kenny McLean's shot from the edge of the box bounces into the path of Andrew Considine and the defender's header flashes narrowly over the top.

  66. GREAT SAVE!

    Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes work a quick free-kick and the former Celtic player curls a sweet shoot towards the top corner which Craig Gordon tips over at full stretch.

  67. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I'm surprised by Celtic's low key start. They have not had much intent going forward and that will let Aberdeen bed in."

  68. Post update

    Aberdeen defenders Donervon Daniels and Mark Reynolds look uncertain under a high ball and it falls to Leigh Griffiths, who stabs a first-time shot wide from 18 yards.

  69. Post update

    Aberdeen have started positively and win a free kick near the Celtic penalty area but the home defence deal comfortably with Kenny McLean's delivery.

  70. Post update

    It looks like Efe Ambrose is playing at left-back for Celtic rather than Adam Matthews, which has certainly surprised the BBC Radio Scotland pundits.

  71. KICK-OFF

    Aberdeen get the game started. Hold on to your hats...

  72. Post update

    Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    BBC Scotland

    "The atmosphere around Celtic Park mixes excitement with anticipation. While the Premiership title will not be decided today, the outcome will shape the dynamic of the closing weeks of the season.

    "Aberdeen haven't won at Celtic Park in the league for 19 games, and Derek McInnes has made a major decision in starting with Jonny Hayes and leaving Peter Pawlett on the bench, while Celtic have refreshed their front line, starting with Leigh Griffiths, Kris Commons and Gary Mackay-Steven alongside Stefan Johansen.

    "Nerve and self-assurance will determine the outcome as much as ability, since both attacks are capable of being incisive, the respective midfields are strong and industrious, and the two back-lines are reliably stable. "

  73. Post update

    The teams are out and the noise levels are cranking up at Celtic Park... "Get ready for game of the season," says BBC Sportsound host Richard Gordon.

  74. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "If I'm Celtic captain Scott Brown, I'm saying this is our patch, this is our opportunity, let's make sure we take it."

  75. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    bringthemonjpn on Twitter: #bbcscotfootball Biggest game of the season so far. The winner will take all. All about confidence."

  76. Post update

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has a foot in both camps, having managed Celtic to three league titles and three cups after winning seven major trophies with Aberdeen as a player.

    Talking to BBC Radio Scotland yesterday, he remained firmly on the fence, saying: "We're all talking about it. It'll be a terrific game of football. I'm looking forward to it.

    "When I go and see games now, I just want to see good football, I want to see good players. I'm not interested in results anymore. I want to see who can deal with pressure, who can entertain me."

  77. Post update

    Rod Stewart

    BBC Sportsound's trackside reporter Chick Young reckons there is a crowd of around 40,000 at Celtic Park, which is pretty impressive given the hour. Not long to go until kick-off and the sun has even made a welcome appearance.

    Chick also tells us it's "officially a big game", since Rod Stewart has turned up...

  78. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner

    "I don't see Celtic losing too many games. If Aberdeen are to challenge for the title, I think they really need to take something today."

  79. Post update

    Don Daniels

    Aberdeen defender Donervon Daniels is not playing the title-decider game either.

    The defender, who signed on a six-month loan deal from West Brom in January, said: "If we can continue the good form that we're on then we've got a good chance of picking up the prize at the end of the season.

    "It's just another game, we've got 30 points still to play for left in the league so we'll just have to concentrate as we have every other game and put our focus into getting some points away from home."

  80. Post update

    Kris Commons

    Kris Commons scored against Aberdeen after just five minutes of his Celtic debut four years ago.

    After signing from Derby in January 2011, the midfielder produced a wonderful chip over goalkeeper Jamie Langfield at Hampden in a 4-1 League Cup semi-final win.

    "I think I arrived on the Thursday, trained on the Friday then I played at the weekend so it's a very memorable goal, one I'll never forget, but Aberdeen are very different as a side from what they were four years ago," said Commons this week.

    "They have improved under Derek McInnes and they have some good players in there."

  81. Post update

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists his players can handle the physical aspect of today's game but is less than impressed with the kick-off time and I'm sure the Aberdeen fans setting their alarms for this morning's long journey will agree.

    "Ours is a huge game, the support is unbelievable and the interest is great. I think 12 o'clock is not good," said the Norwegian earlier this week.

    "I understand it is the media controlling it and television and because they want to play before the game in England because that is the most important thing - but when does it stop?

    "Are we going to play at 10am soon? The crowd as well - we have to think of the fans. This is a very big game and it should be the prime time on TV."

  82. Post update

    Will fatigue be a factor? Aberdeen swept St Mirren aside eight days ago, while Celtic landed in Glasgow at 02:00 GMT on Friday after their Europa League tussle with Inter Milan, much of which was played with 10 men after Virgil van Dijk's first-half dismissal.

  83. Post update

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's a significant game, but it's still the same three points. Win, lose or draw today there are still 30 points to play for, that's why I thought it was a bit disrespectful to the rest of the league.

    "Jonny Hayes is a key player for us and that's why he starts, he's trained for a day-and-a-half and if there was any doubt [on his injury] we wouldn't risk him. When the game hits a bit of a lull, that's when Peter Pawlett can come on and have a big impact.

    "There are two good teams and I would like to think there will be plenty of entertainment, endeavour and excitement today. I expect it to be tight but I also expect it is a game we can win.

    "It's not good enough to just be in the fight, we want to continue it and we can only do that by winning games."

  84. Post update

    Former Hearts winger Andrew Driver has been training with Aberdeen after his release from Houston Dynamo.

    "We'll look at him and he'll have a look at us," manager Derek McInnes tells BBC Radio Scotland.

  85. Post update

    A quick look at the form book makes impressive reading. Aberdeen are unbeaten in 13 league games, while over the same period Celtic have won 11, drawn one and lost one, conceding just three goals.

    However, previous meetings this season give Celtic the edge with two 2-1 victories. The Dons' last Premiership defeat came at Pittodrie on 9 November when Virgil van Dijk knocked in a late winner for the 10-man visitors, while Jason Denayer and Kris Commons were on target in September's game in Glasgow.

  86. Post update

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have a big squad and it's hard to play on Thursday and then here again.

    "It's not over [if Celtic win today] but we'll put ourselves in a very good position and it will be very hard to catch us.

    "I'm not surprised, Aberdeen are a good team with good consistency so they deserve to be where they are."

  87. Post update

    Is this crunch time for Aberdeen? Celtic also have a game in hand, so a home victory today would give them a potential nine-point advantage moving into the final quarter of the campaign.

    An away win would have the Dons faithful dreaming of a first title success since 1985, when a fresh-faced Alex Ferguson was in charge at Pittodrie.

  88. Post update

    Celtic playmaker Kris Commons is back and Efe Ambrose steps in to replace full-back Emilio Izaguirre, who broke a finger against Inter Milan on Thursday, while striker Leigh Griffiths has recovered from the training ground knock that forced him to miss out at the San Siro.

    Jonny Hayes is back from injury, with Peter Pawlett the man making way in the Aberdeen midfield.

  89. LINE-UPS FROM CELTIC PARK

    Celtic: Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Ambrose; Brown, Bitton; Commons, Johansen, Mackay-Steven; Griffiths. Subs: Zaluska, Guidetti, Stokes, Armstrong, Wakaso, Forrest, Henderson.

    Aberdeen: Brown, Logan, Reynolds, Daniels, Considine, Jack, Flood, McLean, Hayes, McGinn, Rooney. Subs: Langfield, Taylor, Smith, Robson, Pawlett, Goodwillie, Shaugnessy.

  90. Post update

    Good morning and welcome to our Scottish Premiership coverage. We have a biggie for you today, with the top two going head-to-head.

    Leaders Celtic enjoy a three-point lead over Aberdeen and both sides are in rip-roaring form, so it promises to be cracking showdown at the home of the champions.