The clean sheet record had to go eventually, so I’m pleased it went to a good goal, not an error by Fraser, which would have been harsh on the big keeper. Having already recorded Celtic’s, then Scotland’s league clean sheet record, the British and European records were within touching distance, but that is now a matter for next season.
Months ago, when Virgil van Dijk first suggested we could go through the league season without defeat I said we were not nearly consistent enough to achieve this. Ironically, last night’s defeat came after a sustained period of consistent an authoritative performances, in the league.
Aberdeen will have lots of reasons to wonder where there team might go now, having beaten Celtic twice in a month. Amid all the newspaper talk in 2012 that Celtic needed their soon to be liquidated opponent, a few of us suggested that what Celtic really need is an opponent, and that Aberdeen, playing to a captive audience in a wealthy city, were the most likely candidates.
Manager, Derek McInnes, knows he does not have the resources to compete over a league programme, but he has proven a few points: he knows how to beat Celtic and his team are the best of the rest.
If Aberdeen can cope with the vagaries of trips to Easter Road and Victoria Park next season, four games against Celtic will take care of themselves. Let’s hope Newco Rangers don’t nip in and buy their best players with that non-emergency £1.5m loan.
The immediate challenge for Celtic is to get back into winning form on Saturday. League Cup finalists, Inverness, will come to make up the numbers.
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