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Celtic blitzed Aberdeen with three goals in the opening 11 minutes in what at that stage looked set to be a drubbing, but the hosts pulled a goal back in the 12th minute, which set a parity for the remainder of the match.

Leigh Griffiths has had to be patient this season but he made the most of his starting opportunity tonight. The opening goal, came from his corner, which was headed into the net by Dedryck Boyata. Patrick Roberts had a clear chance to open the scoring seconds earlier, but Aberdeen keeper Lewis turned his effort behind.

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The second Celtic goal arrived on the 8th minute. There was nothing really on when Griffiths collected the ball wide on the right, but one cheeky nutmeg later and the Aberdeen defence were chasing shadows. Leigh crossed and Callum McGregor fired a shot which was blocked by Logan. The rebound fell to Stuart Armstrong, who contorted his body to make a contact good enough to score.

Again, there was little obvious danger when Leigh Griffiths collected the ball 30 yards out in 11 minutes. The Celtic striker took on two defenders before cracking a shot from 24 yards, which moved and deceived Lewis before smacking the back of the net.

At this point Celtic looked more likely to score six than to settle for three, but, remarkably, the fourth goal of the game arrived just a minute later, when Jonny Hayes lost Kieran Tierney with a quick change of direction before thundering one into the top corner from 23 yards.

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It was now Celtic’s turn to rock. Perhaps the game’s most important subsequent moment came after just 14 minutes when Stockley lost the Celtic central defenders, but couldn’t make contact with a cross 7 yards in front of goal.

Celtic’s passing in recent weeks has been exceptional, but they didn’t get this right on a choppy Pittodrie surface, as the unforced error count spiked. The ball rotation we have become used to seeing this season didn’t happen often, underlining the importance of suspended Scott Brown.

 

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  1. Anyone who now does not understand the motivational, organisationl, calming and focussing abilites of skipper Broon on this Celtic machine, pleas estep forward and share your ignorance with us.

     

     

    Rudderless, spineless and bewildered we appeared for the majority of the game. Thankfully, McInnes is so inept he set his team up to be attacked and that we did in those first ten minutes.

     

     

    THAT was THE chance for an SPL team to take us and they failed.

     

     

    Well done, the Hoops. See it out.

  2. Oh, aye; McInnes – Wannabee Hun Fanny.

     

     

    Le Penalty – Shinnie toe-ed the ball well out the park. If he hadn’t touched it or managed to cushion it so that it bounced IN the park, then it WAS a penalty.

     

     

    Ah, f### it – have it anyway.

     

     

    3-2.

     

     

    Roon ye.

     

     

    Fud.

  3. Watched the game in the company of CQN’s finest ( and the rest of O’Neill’s in Merchant City )

     

     

     

    Never will it get better for the Celtic support nor will the margin between us and Aberdeen be greater despite our infinitely and continuously ‘superior budget’ . Celtic pumped the Dons and it was game over in eleven minutes.

     

     

     

    The rest was damage limitation, which to be fair our only rivals rose to.

     

     

     

    Astonishing performances throughout a Celtic side that just gets better and better as the season has progressed. Our captain was missed, but when you do the samba and trash the opposition with three goals before the game has started Timdom can only rejoice.

     

     

     

    M.O.M Dedryk Boyata

     

     

     

    Invincibles CSC

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Strange game, devastating 12 mins, and we looked like we played with 10 men for last 60 mins.Send Sinky on holiday for a week, he is running on empty,Rogic takes time to get matchfit.Any Broony doubters left….? 100 points ,99 goals , fantastic stuff.3 Games and counting….

  5. As a team effort, can´t complain too much – we did get the job done, But in my over 60 yrs of watching football I can´t recall watching a 3-1 winner being so deserverdly under the cosh for 75 minutes.

     

    Credit to Celtic – we won.

     

    Credit to Aberdeen – what a great performance from 0-3 so early in the match.

     

    Repeat perforformances in the final and we are screwed.

     

    Don´t expect it to happen but?

     

    Cheers

     

    Alex

  6. AAFG,

     

    repeat performance in the final and we win 3-1,

     

    are we not allowed to count goals scored in the first 15 mins

  7. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Evening All

     

     

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    Of the current batch of 99 tickets, we have only 29 left at the time of typing.

     

     

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  8. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    No penalty! Why? Because it’s a foul by Shinnie. He only “gets a touch on the ball” (copyright C. Sutton) because he makes a dangerous lunge at Craig at chest height. Result? Free kick Celtic.

     

     

    Your welcome

     

     

    HH

  9. CORKCELT on 12TH MAY 2017 10:36 PM

     

    I have no prouder boast to say I am Irish and have been privileged to fight for the Irish people and for Ireland. If I have a duty I will perform it to the full with the unshakable belief that we are a noble race and that chains and bounds have no part in us.

     

     

     

    Francis Hughes, The bravest of the brave.

     

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    Francis Hughes. Irish hero. RIP.

  10. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    STARRY PLOUGH

     

     

    I don’t think the referee saw Shinnie’s lunge, which is why we didn’t get the free kick. He also didn’t see Shinnie get the ball, from his angle it looks like Craig punches the ball, which is why they didn’t get a penalty.

     

     

    The ref decided it wasn’t a penalty for the wrong reason.

     

     

    As ever though it actually is not a penalty because… the referee didn’t award it, and in spite of what we might think, he is the sole arbiter of the game.

  11. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    I don’t think Brendan’s game plan would have envisaged a three goal lead after eleven minutes.

     

     

     

    However, whether by accident or design, we never really posed a concentrated attacking threat for the rest of the game.

     

     

     

    We had a non combative midfield from the start.

     

     

    A midfield I ironically questioned pre match with my statement, ” midfield? We don’t need no holding midfield.

     

     

     

    Now, my question is; after three goals, did we concede the midfield and concentrated on defending our penalty area, or were we forced back.

     

     

     

    Either way, the defence held firm, in spite of a couple of self induced hairy moments.

     

     

     

    At time up, I’m not sure how much comfort Mc.Innes can take from the match.

  12. THEORIGINALSADIESBHOY on 13TH MAY 2017 12:12 AM

     

    CORKCELT on 12TH MAY 2017 10:36 PM

     

     

    I have no prouder boast to say I am Irish and have been privileged to fight for the Irish people and for Ireland. If I have a duty I will perform it to the full with the unshakable belief that we are a noble race and that chains and bounds have no part in us.

     

     

     

     

    Francis Hughes, The bravest of the brave.

     

     

    ……………………

     

     

     

    Francis Hughes. Irish hero. RIP.

     

     

    ———————

     

     

    same for me, a hero

  13. THOMTHETHIM

     

     

    At time up, I’m not sure how much comfort Mc.Innes can take from the match.

     

     

    Back many and MANY a year (early 60s) as a very young Tim I saw Celtic hump St. Mirren 7 – 1 in a midweek league game at Paradise. Come the following Saturday in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup I was there to watch us get dumped 3 – 1 by the same St. Mirren team.

     

     

    It’s a different game, it’s a new challenge. If we’re up for it we we will win it.

     

     

    And in Brendan I trust!!!

  14. Francis Hughes was arrested by crown occupation forces after a prolonged gun battle between the I.R.A and British security forces in which a British soldier was KIA. Although Brendan was severely wounded in the engagement he manged to evade the insuring ‘security’ forces man hunt for some hours. Being in great pain from gunshot wounds he was eventually captured by crown forces. While being carried away on a stretcher he raised his fist a shouted ‘UP THE RA’

  15. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Kenny Miller: Rangers can take the Celtic way to success next season under Pedro Caixinha

     

     

    Matthew Lindsay, Chief Football Writer

     

     

    THE startling transformation which Celtic have undergone since Brendan Rodgers was appointed manager just shy of a year ago has been difficult for anyone of a Rangers persuasion to bear witness to.

     

     

    But the impressive way that Rodgers has successfully resurrected the Parkhead outfit’s fortunes in the last 12 months has given Kenny Miller hope the Ibrox club can savour an identical revival next season.

     

     

    The Irishman effectively signed just two first team players – striker Moussa Demeble and winger Scott Sinclair – after succeeding the beleaguered Ronny Deila last May for little more than £4 million.

     

     

    Yes, Kristoffer Ajer, Dorus de Vries, Cristian Gamboa, Kolo Toure and, during the January transfer window, Eboue Kouassi were all brought in as well. None of that quintet, though, has featured regularly.

     

     

    Despite that, Celtic have still gone from being outplayed by their city rivals, who were in the Ladbrokes Championship at the time, in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final to acquitting themselves superbly in Europe and brushing aside all before them domestically.

     

     

    For Miller, who last month signed a one year extension to his contract that keeps him at Rangers until 2018, that underlines what can be achieved with the right man at the helm and with shrewd recruitment.

     

     

    “It has been as frustrating a season as any I can remember,” he said. “It’s not as if I’ve constantly dealt with success and always been winning things in my career. But, with the demands and expectations of this club, including the demands we put on ourselves as players, it’s been highly frustrating.

     

     

    “We have seen flashes of brilliance throughout the season, some scintillating stuff, and then moments of madness as well. The inconsistency has been there for all to see. If we are going to have any sort of success, whether in league or cups, we will need a higher level of consistency and performance next season.

     

     

    “It sounds a huge task. I know Celtic were champions last year, but they weren’t great and we saw that in the semi-final. I know we only won on penalties, but I felt we were closer to them on the day. We were the better football team. We looked like we had a better game plan.

     

     

    “Look what a manager and a few big name signings can do. Better quality, higher-quality signings and then reinvigorating the good players that were there. We can look at that.

     

     

    “No doubt there will be people coming and going in the summer. But if we can get that right, win football matches at the start of next season and breed confidence in what we are trying to achieve then that will set you up for a far better start to the campaign.”

     

     

    Miller continued: “We can’t be looking at what other people are doing and what they have done. But the fact is that the majority of them are international footballers and what has happened is that the manager has come in and given them belief and understanding of what they are trying to do.

     

     

    “They are decent players. You don’t play international for the likes of Sweden and Scotland without being decent players. Guys are starting to make their way into the international game and are getting the recognition they deserve, Stuart Armstrong has had a great season. They are signing players and they are reinvigorating good players. It doesn’t take a lot to achieve that.”

     

     

    Miller is confident that Pedro Caixinha, the new Rangers manager who is in the process of releasing the individuals who he deems surplus to requirements and bringing in replacements capable of challenging for major honours, will be able to improve the quality of the squad and the performances of the team.

     

     

    The Portuguese coach, who was a surprise choice to replace Mark Warburton back in March, has failed to convince many supporters he is the right man for the job and concerns about his suitability for the role have grown following successive defeats to Celtic in the cup and league last month.

     

     

    His forward, however, believes the new recruits may be able to execute the former Uniao Leiria, Nacional, Santos Laguna and Al-Gharafa manager’s game plan with greater effectiveness in the 2017/18 campaign than they have done to date.

     

     

    “Summer becomes crucial,” he said. “The detail in the work we’ve being doing so far has been very good. But it’s not my job and is above my pay grade as to how many players we’re going to being in, who we’re going to bring in and which guys might not be here. That’s down to the manager to sort out. So bringing the quality he’s hoping to bring in will be crucial to us being better and carry the manager’s instructions out better.”

     

     

    Miller, who won three consecutive Scottish titles during the second of his three spells at Rangers, believes it is vital the Ibrox club get off to a better start next term and perform more consistently if they are to vie with Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts and other top flight clubs for silverware.

     

     

    “European football has been achieved which is a step in the right direction from where we were,” he said. “But it’s hard to look at finishing third as an achievement. It’s not where we want to be as a football club.

     

     

    “The ultimate goal is to get back and be in a far stronger position next year. There is a hell of a lot we need to improve upon. Without sounding boring or repetitive, to win a league you need to be consistent.

     

     

    “You can lose games playing well, when things go against you, or you can win games when you don’t play as well. That’s the ingredients of a successful season and it’s something we haven’t done.”

  16. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Aberdeen 1 Celtic 3: Dons caught cold as champions march on but cup final remains ripe with intrigue

     

     

    Stewart Fisher, Sports Writer

     

     

    IF the first 11 minutes of this game is anything to go by, the William Hill Scottish Cup final between these teams later this month will be as much of a pushover as the BetFred Cup final was earlier in the season. If it pans out like the remainder of the 79 minutes, though, it could yet be a classic.

     

     

    As content as the Parkhead side will be this morning having ticked off another potentially fraught away match on their seemingly inevitable route to an invincible domestic season, both of these sides contributed to a smashing football match, as good as any seen in Scotland this term. While they were caught cold on a chilly, drizzly night at Pittodrie, at times – particularly towards the end of the first period – the Dons almost made the Ladbrokes Premiership champions look human.

     

     

    Brendan Rodgers had spoken of his admiration for his fellow PFA Scotland manager of the year nominee Derek McInnes during the week – the Northern Irishman said the former Bristol City boss was good enough to manage in England again one day – even if Celtic have now won all five of the meetings between the teams this season by a 12-2 aggregate. But any suggestion that these two sides would spend the night shadow boxing ahead of the sixth match in the series at Hampden later this month didn’t last long.

     

     

    While McInnes perplexed a few of his fans by leaving Adam Rooney on the bench in preference to Jayden Stockley – Anthony O’Connor, a goal hero at Tynecastle last week, spent the night shadowing Tom Rogic – Celtic were pretty much at full strength here, save for the suspended Scott Brown. That meant Leigh Griffiths started up front, regardless of the fact a knock – with Moussa Dembele already doubtful for the cup final, would have left Celtic seriously short-handed.

     

     

    In retrospect, though, there was only so much experimentation and psychological warfare that either manager could get away with. Celtic, after all, arrived here 43 games into an unbeaten domestic season and the Dons – in front of their won fans – would dearly have loved to kill that record off.

     

     

    The gloves were off straightaway, but like so many Celtic matches, their opponent was almost knocked senseless before they knew where they were. The Premiership champions were two up away to Rangers within 18 minutes – and it should have been more – but last night they went one better, going three up within just 11 minutes. Stuart Armstrong and Callum McGregor had already opened the Aberdeen defence up once – Joe Lewis was out smartly to defy Patrick Roberts – before the opening goal went in. Roberts swung over a corner, and Boyata peeled off to the far post to direct a downward header beyond Lewis from close range.

     

     

    The goalscorer had been involved in an early mix-up with Craig Gordon then Kieran Tierney required treatment after an aerial knock, but mainly it was the home side who were dazed and confused by a lightning Celtic start. Goal No 2 came when Griffiths cleverly drove into space, before trying to find Rogic with a cross. The ball broke to McGregor, whose right shot was only palmed into the path of the onrushing Armstrong, who finished gleefully.

     

     

    There were stirrings of mutiny in the home support when No 3 went in. Again Lewis may not be happy with his contribution. As well as Griffiths struck his 25-yard shot after he had outsmarted Ash Taylor and Logan, it wasn’t right in the corner. Rogic, a perennial scorer against Aberdeen, also saw one shot blocked while only a last-gasp Taylor tackle defied Sinclair.

     

     

    But if Celtic thought they were on easy street with a three-goal cushion, they were sadly mistaken. In fact, for the remainder of that first half, Aberdeen put Craig Gordon’s goal under as much pressure as any team in Scotland has done all season long. Typically, Jonny Hayes started things off, cutting beyond Armstrong and curling the sweetest shot into Gordon’s top corner. Within minutes, Stockley – in the team for his headed prowess – somehow nodded wide from six yards after Kenny McLean had put the ball clean on his forehead. With the mist coming in from the North Sea, this wasn’t the easiest of nights for Gordon, whose next act was to palm a Niall McGinn shot over after the goalkeeper could only slap clear a cross.

     

     

    So many crosses peppered his box that perhaps McInnes rued not starting the match with Rooney but Aberdeen’s Irish striker eventually arrived just after the hour mark, as the Pittodrie side continued to keep Celtic on the back foot. Gordon was perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty after he came flying out of his goal, got nothing on the ball, but collided with Shinnie, although referee Steven McLean perhaps felt the Aberdeen midfielder was never going to retrieve the ball and had instigated the contact himself. Next for the referee to deal with was a running feud between Griffiths and Shay Logan. It ended with the Aberdeen full back being booed by, and gesticulating towards, the visiting support, a group with whom he has some previous. The striker’s night ended early, earning a silly booking for wasting too much time over his substitution.

     

     

    When Kenny McLean spurned a glorious chance on his preferred left foot, and McGinn fired over on his favoured right, you guessed that Aberdeen’s unlikely hopes of a recovery would come to nothing. Celtic gradually took the sting out of things and were comfortable winners by the end but which team gets the bigger psychological boost ahead of the cup final remains to be seen.

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