Celtic faced an Aberdeen team today at Celtic Park with a head to head record this season that had both teams with two wins each.
Celtic’s one league loss of the season came against Aberdeen at the end of February and that was two weeks after a cup exit with Aberdeen the culprits that time too. So head to head this season they’d won two to our two. Celtic were up against it today playing an Aberdeen team who have had their best season in a decade and who have beat Celtic on their last two meetings, including knocking us out of a cup.
Both teams were evenly matched from the whistle and traded blows for the first 20 minutes with 2 good goal opportunities for Commons and Stokes. But it was Scott Brown that got a break and buried the Aberdeen net with a left footed shot on 25 minutes. However, the lead only last 3 minutes as Adam Matthews gifted ex-Celt Niall McGinn a goal after a tame back pass that never made it back to big Fraser Foster which allowed McGinn to walk the ball in.
Matthews managed to redeem himself just before half time after some clever play in the Aberdeen box where he laid on Scott Brown to slot home his second of the game and take Celtic down the tunnel with a one goal lead.
Celtic started the better team in the 2nd half with a couple of half chances before some interplay with Anthony Stokes and Charlie Mulgrew around the Dons box eventually seeing stokes stretch for a shot that hit the back of the net on 53 minutes. But like the first half Aberdeen pegged Celtic back minutes later after their player of the match and left back came from the halfway line to riffle a neat finish past Fraser Foster. The referee seemed to ignore a bag full of fouls on Celtic players but Johnny Hayes had a stone wall penalty turned down after Ambrose clearly took him down in the box. Having survived a penalty scare and a possible sending off, a well deserved Kris Commons followed shortly with a goal that came in the 70th minute and put it a dint in Aberdeen hopes for the fourth time.
Commons hit goal number 5 and his 30th of the season in the last 5 minutes of the game and was shortly later substituted to a standing ovation.
Celtic are in action again midweek and away to a St Johnstone team that’s also had a good season and still have a cup final to look forward to. The league with then wrap up next Sunday at paradise with the visit of Dundee Utd with Celtic currently on 95 points and 95 goals.