David Potter’s Match Report: Celtic 4 Aberdeen 0

01
Mar
2015

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

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This was a very powerful performance from Celtic, showing the awesome potential of the current squad. It was nice to see a good open game of football against a team who emphatically did not “park the bus” in their penalty area, but it was nicer to see that our team paid no attention to all this “tired” and “mentally exhausted” nonsense after the creditable exertions in Milan.

 

The goals were all deserved and well taken, and in the second half, there should have been an awful lot more. This was Celtic at their best and this fine form must be maintained. St Johnstone, who come on Wednesday night, can be, on their day, as good a side as any in Scotland. They must not be taken too lightly.

For the first half hour, until Jason Denayer got the first goal, I would have had to shade the game in favour of Aberdeen, But they did not score, Celtic did, and as the second half developed, Celtic, in particular the midfield of Nit Bitton and Scott Brown, took a grip of the game, Stefan Johansen came into his own, and Celtic finished the game well on top, deservedly 4-0 winners.

We now have 16 games left. I am trying not to mention the “tr***e” word, but things look good – as long as no-one gets COMPLACENT. Our biggest danger may well be ourselves, but let’s just take every game as it comes, and think about St Johnstone on Wednesday. We also have a couple of games (Kilmarnock at home and Dundee away) which, as far as I can see, do not have a date arranged for them. It might be an idea to get those games organised at an early date.

Craig Gordon – 10/10 – superb again

 

Adam Matthews – 9/10 – good. A few mistakes but generally on top of the game

 

Jason Denayer – 10/10 – first class. A great goal, and played well throughout

 

Virgil Van Dijk – 9/10 – a little hesitant at the start, and looked reluctant to tackle (remembering Thursday perhaps?) but in command in the second half

 

Efe Ambrose – 9/10 – did well in an unusual role

 

Nir Bitton – 9/10 – ordinary in the first half and looked to be “tired” after Thursday, but took a grip of things in the second half and controlled proceeding. Unlucky to be booked

 

Scott Brown – 9/10 – also unlucky to get booked, but should perhaps have walked away. Played well

 

Kris Commons – so what was all that about, Kris? A wasted 10 minutes!

 

Gary MacKay-Steven – 9/10 – very good, and took a great goal

 

Stefan Johansen – 9/10 – anonymous in the first half, but then superb in the second half, and might have scored more

 

Leigh Griffiths – 9/10 – ran about energetically, and  took a good penalty

Stuart Armstrong – 9/10 – another fine performance from this man. Worked hard, and let’s hope the injury is not serious

 

John Guidetti – 6/10 – a strange performance. On several occasions, once in particular, was in a great position to score and passed to a colleague in a worse position or simply refused to shoot. Is this some lack of confidence? Strange from a man who talks such a good game. He is more likely to be forgiven if he shoots and misses than he will if he shirks chances

 

Anthony Stokes – 8/10 – nice to see him back again after his misdemeanour. He will have a role to play in the next few weeks

Aberdeen – deservedly second in the SPFL, but certainly outplayed in the second half. We would be foolish to write them off

 

Referee – Mr Beaton was no “homer”, but I will give him credit for not allowing himself to be bullied by the Aberdeen crowd into booking Griffiths. His bookings of Brown and Bitton were harsh. He kept firm control, but his decisions were not always right, and the North Stand side linesman was appallingly slow to raise his flag when Griffiths “scored” early in the second half


Atmosphere – good. Nice to see a large crowd, but for a spell at least, the Celtic fans, Green Brigade and all, were outshouted by the Aberdeen fans. Aberdeen fans are basically a respectable bunch, but they do have a few nanas among them and I did hear that offensive song about “Glasgow scum” looking for dead cats etc. They had better watch out because if petrol continues to fall and the oil crisis deteriorates… Full marks to those Dons who clapped our favourite wee boy at half-time. I repeat that they are not all bad, and they don’t like Rangers very much

One Comment

  1. kevingraham
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    That was a satisfying end to the week. A good performance in Milan then 3 points against the first genuine title challengers (non financially doped!) that we have had in 3 seasons. This game today was bigger than Thursday and isn’t it better for Scottish Fitba’ that this was the case?

    Domestic points over European glory for once? Europe can wait for Ronny. We need to see off the toughest domestic season we have had since 2012 in a successful fashion.

    Yeah, Aberdeen are from the robust book. Land of giants, sprinkled with pace, organised and functional. Easy to see why they have been on such a great run. Will it last? Next season will see the return of the Embra two. Two tougher venues than say Ross County and St Mirren. The sign of title challengers is winning those games.

    The SIGN of Champions though is today like today when reeking of a hangover, turned in our worst performance for weeks and still won and should have scored a few more goals. Our superior fitness was the difference in the second half. The scoreline flattered us but the 6 points gap doesn’t do us justice.

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