Celtic v Aberdeen
Bank Of Scotland SPL
Saturday 10th September 2005
Kick Off 3pm
After an unusually satisfactory international week for Scottish football, it’s back to SPL business tomorrow. Aberdeen are the visitors to Celtic Park, for a game where Celts will be looking to repeat the performance from a fortnight ago, 4-0 against Dunfermline.
The Dons, of course, will provide a much more stiffer test than Dunfermline. They will still be on a high after beating Rangers a few weeks ago, and after conjuring up two recent victories at Celtic Park, will come into the game full of confidence.
With Celtic and Maciej Zurawski in particular performing so well against Dunfermline, I was disappointed that the international games were coming so soon. However, Zurawski bagged a goal in each of the two games he played for Poland last week, and has kept up the good form which he had showed in his previous match for Celtic.
Zurawski will start the game tomorrow along with John Hartson up front. We welcome back Alan Thompson and Neil Lennon from suspension (though Lennon will receive more games’ suspension at the end of the month). This will probably mean that Adam Virgo will drop out of the side.
Chinese Bhoy Du Wei is available for selection and Stan Varga is also fit. Strachan should maybe think of changing things in defence, as they have looked very suspect in recent games.
Tomorrow marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Celtic legend Jock Stein. The Jungle Bhoys have organised a minute of applause before the match in memory of the great man, and there will also be an unveiling of a new Stein banner. Incidentally, the first game after Jock Stein’s death was a 2-1 Celtic victory.
The weather forecast is not looking good and it will be a wet and windy day. An early goal will settle us down and I am going for a comfortable Celtic victory.
Come On The Hoops!
Prediction: Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen