CELTIC lost their 100 per cent home domestic record when they were held to a scoreless stalemate against a stubborn Aberdeen yesterday.
No-one would have been surprised that the champions found goals difficult to come by against the Pittodrie outfit in Glasgow.
On the previous two occasions, the Hoops have scored a goal a game against Derek McInnes’ team. Thankfully, one of those strikes brought in three precious points in the pursuit of the eighth successive title and another also won the Betfred League Cup.
In late September, substitute Scott Sinclair found the key to unlock the Dons resistance with a cheeky back-heel that bamboozled keeper Joe Lewis.
At the start of December, it was Ryan Christie’s turn to take centre stage at Hampden with the volley that brought in the first of the season’s silverware.
Amazingly, it was a different tale completely on their ground on Boxing Day when Sinclair claimed a hat-trick and Odsonne Edouard chipped in with another in a remarkable 4-3 victory.
Unfortunately, it didn’t rain goals in the east end of Glasgow yesterday, but CQN‘s team of ace snappers were there to capture the action of a dramatic encounter.
NORWEGIAN THUNDER…Kristoffer Ajer wallops in a ferocious right-foot drive.
OH, SO CLOSE…Ajer shows his anguish following a superb save from Joe Lewis.
RISE AND SHINE…Dedryck Boyata puts the pressure on the Dons defence.
COME AND GET IT…Scott Brown in control as Graeme Shinnie moves in.
MY BALL…Dons keeper Joe Lewis plucks a cross off the head of Odsonne Edouard.
ON THE RUN…Oliver Burke in a race for the ball with defender Andy Considine.
CLEAN PAIR OF HEELS…Ewan Henderson shows some nifty footwork to Lewis Ferguson as Jeremy Toljan looks on.
BLOCKED…Odsonne Edouard watches in dismay as Joe Lewis saves his close-range effort.
INSIDE…James Forrest prepares to take on defender Max Lowe.
DOWNSIDE…Forrest is about to be sent crashing after a challenge from Lowe.
EYES ON THE BALL…Odsonne Edouard in a tussle with Andy Considine.
NOW YOU SEE ME…Mikey Johnston jinks inside a challenge.
TWINKLE TOES…Johnston leaves a defender stranded.
BATTLE CRY…Neil Lennon roars on his troops.