Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

Last updated : 17 January 2005 By Kevin Smith
Celtic avoided a potential banana skin today, winning 1-0 away to Aberdeen. Chris Sutton scored the only goal of the game, putting Celtic back to the top of the SPL, following Rangers' win over Dunfermline yesterday.

It was hardly a great game, but the fantastic atmosphere generated by the travelling support made the long trip North worthwhile.

When you look at the depleted squad we had today, and the pressure we were under to get the victory, it makes it more respectable. Stan Varga, Didier Agathe and Alan Thompson all missed out through injury or suspension, so Stephen McManus was brought in. We also saw a rare start from Juninho.

Outwith Rangers, Aberdeen are the only Scottish side to have beaten Celtic this season, and the visiting side were out to make up for that 3-2 home defeat back in October.

It was Juninho who had Celtic's first chance of the game. Aiden McGeady and John Hartson combined neatly to set up the Brazillian, whose shot went just wide.

Celts looked comfortable enough, and took the lead on the 24th minute. Chris Sutton was the goalscorer, albeit his shot took a deflection en route to the goal.

Aberdeen weren't upto much, considering they were the home side. They had a couple of efforts in the first half, both of which were well saved by Big Rab in the Celtic goal.

Celtic looked for a second goal before the half time whistle. John Hartson came close with a header, and Ulrik Laursen was denied a stonewall penalty at the end of the half.

In the second period, Aberdeen pushed for an equaliser, as Celtic seemed to drop down a gear. The Dons looked for a handball claim inside the Celtic area, by Laursen, but there was no intent from the big defender.

The rest of the game was a case of the Celtic support wondering who was next to be shat upon by the not so friendly Aberdeen seagulls.

Celtic failed to threaten much after the goal, a problem which has been evident throughout this season. We done enough to get the victory today, without being spectacular. However, we are back to the top of the table and anyone who is moaning about that can take a hike.

Juninho played okay, and would have been disappointed to be taken off with fifteen minutes to go. However, he looked tired, hopefully we'll see more of him soon.

Next up are Motherwell at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Well done today Celts.

Douglas, McManus, Laursen, McNamara, Balde, Lennon, McGeady (Wallace), Petrov, Juninho (Camara), Hartson, Sutton

Come On The Hoops Man Of The Match: Stan Petrov

Come On The Hoops Moment To Remember: The atmosphere created by the Celtic fans.

Come On The Hoops Moment To Forget: The seagulls.