Perspective as Champions face Best of the Rest


Let’s start by putting whatever perception lingers from Aberdeen’s result in Hamilton on Tuesday night into perspective. The goal they lost was only the second time they had conceded in six games. Incredibly, both were penalties. They have played an astonishing 617 minutes without conceding a goal from anywhere but the penalty spot.

Including those two penalties, they have conceded only four since Tom Rogic’s late free kick the last time we played them. This is a well-organised football team who have a script ready for Celtic. They will defend tightly, get the ball forward quickly and chase the life out of everything. The defeat at Hamilton was the first time they have dropped a point since Inverness withheld an onslaught to leave Pittodrie with a draw seven weeks ago.

Despite sitting second in the table with an impressive defence, Aberdeen are well below where they hoped to be at this stage of the season. One win from their opening five league games saw them struggle in the bottom half of the table. Clear evidence that their preseason plans did nothing for them in Europe or domestically.

The most surprising aspect of the Premiership table is that Aberdeen have recovered their natural position as Best of the Rest so quickly.

There’s a tangible confidence among Celtic fans right now. It doesn’t necessarily extend to travelling to face A German Team but most of us think we’ll take three points tomorrow. I know Aberdeen fans who were at Hamilton during the week also fancy their chances, especially if we are as wasteful in front of goal as we have been recently.

Brendan Rodgers will need to plan for tomorrow and for Gladback on Tuesday, a game which brings an end of a five week period with five intense sell-out games (and a few others). He used his options well at Ross County on Wednesday, wise selections are needed tomorrow also.

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  1. TD



    Not sure why you chose to reference me in one of your posts. Anyway you seem a tad uptight recently. Take it easy :-)

  2. Plastic glasses in the Saltoun pub on way to ground….mind you the Guinness is ace.



    No tickets so far in any of pubs.



    Hail hail




  3. MATT STEWART on 29TH OCTOBER 2016 10:23 AM



    sacrilege Guinness in a plastic cup.



    Hope you get a ticket , if not stay safe




  4. Sounds of the 60s .



    Always a disappointment for me – I have to do my own .



    Two for this morning -.



    7 ” – The Renegades / Lyn Tait and His Jets – You’ve Lost the Love – ( Merritone JA ).


    7″- Bob Marley and the Wailers – Bend Down Low – (WAIL N Soul ‘M ) – the original version and IMO easily the best – none of the crap rock guitar that came later ! .



    Back to work -lots to do – wee trip to Germania starts tomorrow.

  5. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Good morning from the sunny Costa Blanca!


    Today’s game will not be watched in the Portobello in Campoverde,(that will hit John’s taking) but in that well known Celtic pub ,Paddy’s Point!


    I shall be making the round trip of 20 miles to meet up with OHITS of this parish where we will be having a Spanish Hootenanny but without the small libatations in my case!!


    Looking forward to a good game,a good win and good craic!



  6. TONYDONNELLY67 on 29TH OCTOBER 2016 10:10 AM


    ‘Looks like the socialists are upset that CFC are taking a one week winter break in Dubai’







    Never mind the politics.



    Is there anywhere on the planet more vulgar than Dubai?

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

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Aaahh! Still no tickets! Said the Our Father and a Hail Mary already as it looks as if we need a miracle to get a ticket! Keep the Faith!






  8. Lassie behind bar complaining about the sun shining in Aberdeen in October….which reminds me that Chris Burke was the only person in the known universe to collapse with heat stroke in Aberdeen in December… :)



    Hail hail




  9. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Voguepunter – BMCUP



    Cheers lads

  10. Buses now arriving. If anyone still needs a ticket it might be worth ringing Malones, O’neills and the Gilcomston and asking if they could shout out for spares.



    I’m sorted.



    Good luck all and hail hail.




  11. TonyDonnelly67




    They’ll never be in your league mate.


    Real Tims don’t do secret societies.


    The ‘all’ inclusive Jungle – CSC


    Auld Fenian Ejjjjits don’t need pampered ;)



  12. HT



    Iv noticed this ….you seem a little upset ….. aimed at me a few times this week from the clique, me upset? No just looking for a level playing field here on CQN no more no less than anyone else. It’s a blog read into it what you like, I’m just asking the brown shirts why that post is still on CQN and mine was deleted? Last time I looked you could ask these things even though your not a member of an organisation right? Or has the rules changed?

  13. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Celtic starting line up v Aberdeen- 12:00pm ko Sky Sport 5


    Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Izzaguire; Armstrong, Brown ; Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Dembele; .

  14. Well, bad luck for young Tierney… but the important thing is he gets back to full fitness.



    Strangely enuff think he’ll be a bigger miss for Scotland at Wembley than he’ll be for us…



    Should be a good game today… Will catch it down town… need a Halloween Costume…



    #1 Grandson’s Birthday Party at my sisters the morra… wasn’t going to bother with the Get up until conversation with Daughter last night.



    …Well put it this way Dad… Aunty Chairghirl was on a group chat…



    Her Daughter… A (her boyfriend) is not into that stuff, I’ll try and coax him into some fangs and some fake blood…



    Chairghirl… If he’s only getting some fangs he won’t be needing the FAKE blood…






    You can take the ghirl out of Lanarkshire…:)



    Aberdeen 1 -3 Celtic



    Hail Hail

  15. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Happy Birthday Starry Plough



    Hope you get a narrow 3-1 victory birthday present :-)



    Like the look of the team but I want Leigh back in the starting 11 as soon as possible

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

    Buses now arriving. If anyone still needs a ticket it might be worth ringing Malones, O’neills and the Gilcomston and asking if they could shout out for spares.




    I’m sorted.




    Good luck all and hail hail.








    Hello this os WEE BGFC. Well done! If you see any can you take them and keep them for us

  17. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    BRTH. As usual I will donate £5 for every goal we score more than them.

  18. TD67




    There will never be a level playing field on here mate.


    Interlopers – CSC



  19. Morning all.



    Terrible news concerning KT.



    …and Broonie as well!



    Excepting three points today.