Celtic craft needed against frugal Aberdeen


It will not have escaped your attention, that in the last week in October, the Celtic machine is purring away magnificently, but Aberdeen sit aside them at the top of the league table. The form of Aberdeen is the great untold story of this season; so far. That untold element will change tonight if they extend their unbeaten run, against Celtic.

There are clues as to the pattern of play we can expect. The Dons have conceded just one goal in their last five league games, they will give us lots of the ball, but deny us space in and around their box. They do this well.

Celtic will need two weapons to combat this: Patrick Roberts’ cunning in tight spaces, and Tom Rogic’s ability to ping shots in from the edge of the area. I would like to see us pass the ball more than we did for long spells on Saturday, but our usual arc of possession around the opposition box is unlikely to create space. We’ll need to take shooting opportunities and hope Patrick’s on form.

Incidentally, have you seen the Celtic players pay tribute to the greatest fans in the world yet?

Meanwhile there’s a new CQN Podcast out where we look at how Celtic reached the final in the 4-2 win over Hibs.

Kevin Graham hosts our match day podcast from Hampden on Saturday and this features some of FIFA’s Best Supporters in the World.

This week’s Matchday Special saw Brendan Rodgers’ side carry a 59-match undefeated domestic run into the League Cup semi final against Neil Lennon’s Hibs.

Kevin provides pre and post-match discussion as well as in-match analysis in what will be a regular Celtic State of Mind feature.


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  1. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Sorry pal – even if we got tickets now, it would take too long to get to Sheep-Land.



    Never mind- we can watch on the telly :-))



    I like your idea for starting early with Ross County. We really are getting fewer and fewer tickets from Celtic all the time – quite annoying !



    See you shortly.






  2. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Agree entirely with Paul, we need to start with Paddy, its amazing how many are prepared to write him off after a couple of indifferent games, whatever happened to being patient and supportive. If we cant be patient and supportive with one of our own after a domestic invincible season last season, and so gar so good this season, lets face it we never will be.



    JF can make an impact coming off the bench, he’s good at that, Paddy is a class act and we should back him.

  3. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. We can always count on you big man. Sorry we haven’t managed to do anything for you in return. You dont happen to neeed any tickets for st johnstone do you?

  4. EMBRAMIKE – @ 5.11 (previous page)



    The ticket split for the final looks reasonable to me. So Motherwell getting half the main stand and about three quarters of the old Rangers end (named after the old Rangers!) and Celtic getting the other half of the main stand and ALL of the East and North stands plus a wee bit of the west end too.



    I’m guessing (assuming say 5,000 for sponsors) about 13,000 for Motherwell and about 35,000 for Celtic.



    Not that I’m going anyway but not bad news.

  5. H.T.


    Enjoy Aberdeen.


    I noticed your picture on Twitter.


    A nice cold yin. Aye.


    Hail Hail

  6. weebobbycollins on

    Wee BGFC…sorry you failed wee man…I don’t know why the guy was teasing you… ‘sno fair…

  7. Catman.


    Thanks for info about Scott Sinclair.


    Will Brendan play J.H. in his natural position at his old stomping ground?


    Hail Hail

  8. Wee Georges



    Thanks G but we’re sorted for Perth.






    Sharp exit, quick change and a few beers before the Celtic!

  9. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on



    Wee BGFC…sorry you failed wee man…I don’t know why the guy was teasing you… ‘sno fair…




    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Thanks mate, i know, whit can ye do. :(

  10. Evening Bhoys from a hot and sunny Elviria ! Just heading out for meal before watching the mighty Hoops !! HH @

  11. Gordon




    Lustig Bitton Boyata Tierney




    Forrest Ntcham Brown Hayes












    Paddy, Stu n Griff on the bench.

  12. Hope everyone going to Sheepville has a great evening and we come away with a result. Think it will be tight.


    Sheepies 1…Bhoys 2.


    Right…back to picking chili peppers for me until KO time – braw (apols NB!) crop this year :))





  13. I’m traveling back north after a few days in England with work. Should get into Glasgow about 7:15.



    Haven’t watched any live fitba in Glasgow for ages. Sometimes go to the Horseshoe but the demographic changes when Sevco are at home. I’m being polite there.



    Any suggestions on the best City Centre pub to watch the Hoops tonight?




  14. embramike says ” Yer team’s deid…Beat it!” on

    Perfect warm up for tonight – The Quiet Man on Film 4 just now – the big fight still to come !

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Harry Boe



    Malone’s Irish Bar – Sauchiehall Lane. Good smaller bar downstairs and larger venue upstairs. Good beer / grub.






  16. think i would be tempted to play hayes first half against his old team. we could always change it at half time.

  17. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    THETIMREAPER / Harry Boe



    Ha !! Great minds think alike :-))






  18. TheTimReaper



    Great suggestion. I’d forgotten about Malones. I was in there about 3 years ago during the last day of the season celebrations.







    I’m currently doing one of then boycotts that won’t make a difference. Personally depriving SFA of my own cash but in the knowledge that my seat is instead being purchased by someone else (more often than not my Bhoy’s wife!). Might change my mind if there are any material developments in the ole SFA governance issues.



    ps – whatever happened to the ‘Dunfermline’ developing story? Serious question.

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Harry Boe


    Kitty O’Shea’s across from central station if pushed for time..



    Old Pivo I think

  21. Park Road 67 where you eating? some great restaurants there, where you eating? I always use The Playwright spoilt for choice there enjoy. H H Hebcelt

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