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Celtic craft needed against frugal Aberdeen

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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.

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