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Perspective as Champions face Best of the Rest

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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. BMCUWP

     

     

    Cheers!

     

     

    Right we need to score four to get two and do so before he sends off Broony!

     

     

    I’ve emailed you too!

  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    Friday lunchtime, peak time for website/social media visits, we’ve got a game against our nearest challengers tomorrow, and there are fewer than 40 comments in 2 hours.

     

     

    That’s a heads up, guys.

     

     

    TBB

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 28th October 2016 2:01 pm

     

     

    Sarcasm at it’s best :>)

     

     

     

    KTF

  4. Thomthetim agree but sometimes easier said than done but get far enough in front and the Mib’s interference is negated. H H Hebcelt

  5. AULDHEID

     

    Aberdeen will play with a more aggressive tone against us than they did with toothless sevco.

     

    On Wednesday at county you could see how tight their central defenders were to Celtics forwards due to understanding the tolerance given to Celtic’s opponents.

     

    The same defenders whose toes are in the heel of Celtic players boots would be a yard of the huns.

     

    Aberdeen understood this when they played the huns and allowed them plenty of space even in last third as they knew the only potent weapon the huns had was Tavernier’s free kicks.

     

    I expect Aberdeen will employ a tighter more physical approach than the one used against the huns.

  6. Another point about Aberdeen weaknesses (as perceived by me): Graeme Shinnie has been played as a defensive midfielder this season. I don’t think he has the footballing intelligence to play this position with great effect. Aberdeen sorely needed a centre mid in the summer and didn’t sign one. Ryan Jack got an injury and Shinnie had to move into that position.

     

     

    The bi-product of that is that Andy Considine is playing at left back. James Forrest should be tearing him apart tomorrow, and the rest of the team should be trying to engineer 1-on-1 situations for Forrest against Considine.

  7. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    HEBCELT on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 2:44 PM

     

    Thomthetim agree but sometimes easier said than done but get far enough in front and the Mib’s interference is negated. H H He

     

     

    ****

     

    That’s the message.

     

     

    Are you Brendan Rodgers?

  8. Scott Brown back in the Scotland set up, you know I have a horrible feeling about it, he’s playing great and they need him more than he does. I hope he stays fit and trouble free but football’s a funny old game.

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  9. glendalystonsils on

    !!BADA BING!! on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 3:51 PM

     

    Rumour KT was injured in training today….

     

     

    Hope it’s just a rumour. if not, I was more than impressed by Izzy on Wed and would be happy to see him in the No. 3 jersey until KT is fit.

  10. glendalystonsils on

    Bada

     

     

    agreed. After going from being an automatic pick to being seemingly the forgotten man.

     

    There’s been no moaning or tantrums or shooting his mouth off to the papers. He just slots back in to the side and has a fine game. We are lucky to have him.

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

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. DOES ANYONE HAVE 2 SPARES FOR TOMORROW??

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  12. TD67 –

     

     

    Did you really have to end your otherwise totally valid and acceptable post with that 2 word sign off?

     

     

    Oh and good evening friends….

  13. The Battered Bunnet on

    Lots of rumours out there Tony, but rest assured, if the poor bhoy had broken his leg as your rumour asserts, the medics wouldn’t be hanging around*

     

     

    *Good source

  14. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 4:57 PM

     

    Lots of rumours out there Tony, but rest assured, if the poor bhoy had broken his leg as your rumour asserts, the medics wouldn’t be hanging around*

     

     

     

    *Good source

     

     

    Just can’t help yourself can you?

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