Ange Postecoglou said after Thursday’s 0-4 battering from Bayer Leverkusen that the pain in the dressing room would be used to fuel getting a result today at Pittodrie. Let’s hope he’s right as Celtic are still looking for their first domestic victory on the road this season.
It sounds crazy in my head before I type this but there were positives from Thursday’s defeat. The most obvious ones were the return of Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi who could have easily had 2/3 goals but for the narrowest of margins and a brilliant goalkeeping performance.
The return of club captain Callum McGregor is also a major plus, James McCarthy looks miles off it. A lot will be made of McGregor and Scott Brown today, hopefully, it will be a case of the student becoming the master.
The Dons have their own problems and are without midfielder Teddy Jenks as he serves a suspension following his red card last weekend. Marley Watkins is set to remain on the sidelines after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury. Andy Considine is out until the turn of the year following knee surgery.
With the teams just announced, this is how Celtic line-up today:
📋 𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐄-𝐔𝐏 ✅
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 3, 2021
The real story with that line-up is that Nir Bitton starts. In fairness, I can see why, Celtic were missing a defensive midfielder on Thursday night and even against Dundee United, Ange is obviously looking to restrict the ease at which teams are getting into the Celtic box. But is Bitton the man?
The rest of the team is as you were and it is Rogic who makes way.
- Aberdeen has only won one of their last 20 league meetings with Celtic (D3 L16), a 1-0 victory in May 2018 thanks to Andrew Considine’s winner.
- Celtic are unbeaten in 10 away league trips to Aberdeen (W8 D2) since a 2-1 loss in February 2016 under Ronny Deila.
- Aberdeen have lost their last three Scottish Premiership matches, last losing more consecutively in the top flight in April 2011 (5).
- Celtic have lost their last three away Scottish Premiership matches, their worst away losing league run since April 2000 under Kenny Dalglish (also three in a row).