Some may disagree but Celtic’s visit to Pittodrie on Saturday is a massive game.
Celtic are currently top of the league by a single point having played one game more than the Dons who have had a 100% start to their season.
Not only have Aberdeen won their first five games but they have done so by only conceding 1 goal while scoring 9 of their own. It is an impressive start by the would-be contenders.
The game on Saturday will prove a barometer of where both team are at. If Celtic go to Aberdeen and win then it will be a massive dent to the Dons hopes of a league title challenge. Psychologically Celtic are in the driving seat in that respect but a win for the Pittodrie side will boost their confidence to new heights as they look took to make a sustained and resolute challenge to Celtic’s throne.
Celtic’s last two visits to Aberdeen have seen them leave with all three points but both were hard fought victories coming out 1-0 and 2-1 winners last season. You have to go back two seasons since Aberdeen last beat Celtic at Pittodrie when an early Virgil van Dijk sending off proved the catalyst as the Dons broke Neil Lennon’s side and breached Fraser Forster who had previously not conceded for over 1,215 minutes – breaking a Scottish record.
Derek McInnes’ side will fancy their chances against Celtic who after selling Virgil van Dijk and bringing in some new faces will not be settled just yet. It will be the first time we see our new defender Jozo Šimunović along with Tyler Blackett. Unsure how the Celtic defence will line up come 12:30pm.
The team have conceded 6 goals in 6 games so far this term and must improve if they are to beat Aberdeen. On the upside they have scored 16 goals in the league so far and will have Ciftci as well as Griffiths to call upon.
Celtic need to stamp their authority on Aberdeen and the game early on if they are to break the Dons 100% record. It’s sure to be a very entertaining game and hopefully a good advert for the Scottish game.