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. Hope Broonie is fit. It goes without saying our captain would be a huge ‘miss’ tonight, but…..I’ve said it anyway.


    I’d be happy with Jamesie and Paddy along with Big Moussa. Unfair on Griff, but the wee man has been a bit out of sorts of late. He’ll probably come on with 20 minutes to go and get a hat-trick now :-))))



    Who would win in a fight between big Jayden Stockley and big Ryan Bowman?





    Lee McCulloch

  3. Cheers Blantyre Tim. Logging off now as I’m about to change trains.



    My prediction without knowing the team is 3-0 Celtic. We haven’t been firing on all cylinders over the past few games but I hope it will click tonight.



    Overall I hope that the game is a great advert for Scottish football.

  4. Soupy …I hope the phrase “red is more durable” (quiet man- reverend and wife on tandem scene)



    Is shown up for the blatant lie it is!



    Smiley sooth Texas peppery thing …



    Hayes to score two …in a surprisingly one sided match …




  5. A friend of a friend was at the Sevco game on Sunday, close to where Pedro was banished to, she said the personal and sectarian abuse he got was unbelievable, not a surprise from the dignified peepil…



    Going for Indian meal tonight , passed Playwright on way back from Marbella today , might try it before we go home !

  7. Getting twitchy about the game tonight, it’s going to be a battle I feel. As others have said, I would like to see Dembele, Rogic and Forrest start to take the game to them and hopefully get an early goal. It is important to dominate the midfield and support both the wide men and defence. Vital to keep it tight and allow Aberdeen to get any momentum. COYBIG.

  8. Park Road 67 you will love the Playwright they do great pre theatre 25 euros for a 3 course, great craic at the weekends been going to Elviria for years got a time share at the Marriott Marbella Beach,some great wee restaurants along the beach. Bon apetit H H Hebcet

  9. BSR I won’t be shattered if it’s a draw And If Brooney is not playing, ”I’d take a draw right now’.


    P.S. Looking forward to meeting you next Tuesday, I’ll text you next day or so.

  10. weebobbycollins on

    “But the vast majority of Rangers supporters are realistic.”


    Graeme Souness



    Not a very realistic comment Graeme…

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

    Today’s starting line up


    Gordon; Lustig Boyata Bitton Tierney; Brown Armstrong; Forrest Rogic McGregor ; Dembele


    Subs: De Vries Ajer Ntcham McGregor Roberts Griffiths Sinclair Hayes

  12. Gordon


    Lustig Bitton Boyata Teirney


    Brown Armstrong


    Forrest Rogic McGregor



  13. Big Packy



    No alcohol yet but I tend to drink from the glass three quarters full cup when predicting Celtic scores.



    Now that I’ve seen the team I’m sticking with my prediction. Moussa and Tom will tear them apart.




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