Extended Match Highlights
Two deflected goals for celtic ensured the hoops got all 3 points in whats always an entertaining game of football,pieces of good fortune don’t come along often so early season luck is most welcome…celtic defeated Aberdeen 2-1 in an evenly contested battle that often proves to be good entertainment for the supporters,the first goal came from a commons corner effe Ambrose found himself in a position to shoot and the Nigerians shot took a nick of Jason denayer on the way to the net 1-0 in 6 minutes and off to a good start………………….
The second goal was scored by Chris Commons a deflected shot of the unfortunate Aberdeen defender shaleum Logan ,throughout the game commons showed glimpses of why he’s such an important player for the team and i for one am glad he’s staying …with the returning Scott Brown our midfield strength will have improved and we can look forward to both Commons and Brown tightening it all up in there ………………..
So at 2-0 we were comfortable and should have maintained the first 60 mins of dominance but we allowed Aberdeen a lifeline on 61 mins when considines header across the box found goodwillie who scored with the header to make it 2-1…the dons had a few more chances and the warning signs were there as they pressed for an equalizer…………………..
Ronnie deila added to the days debutants of Stefan Scepovic and Alexander Tonev by introducing John Guidetti on 60 mins replacing fellow striker Scepovic he also brought on Kayal for Brown ,soon after on 70 mins he replaced Tonev with Nir Biton,at this stage the game was very even and the introduction of Kayal and Biton helped to tighten our midfield……………………..
once again i have to say how impressed ive been with Jason Denayer..as well as goals for a defender his touch and composure on the ball is very good,you can see why Manchester city have the kid on there books,seeing all the new guys get a run out was refreshing and the next few weeks consistency will be key………………………………………..
Our next match is on Thursday 18th sep in the Europa league against Saltberg from Austria a 6pm kick off which is on bt sports 3 live……………………………
we sit 4th in the league with a game in hand behind Hamilton and Inverness and Dundee utd so given we will be expected to win the 3 points on offer it should see us go top …having Scott Brown back from injury leading into an important phase with Europa league fixtures and league cup in the next few months will help no end as Scott Brown has been missed …………………………..
I like to make a wee prediction from time to time and im going to go for a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night against the Austrians …goalscorers Scepovic and Commons …i feel that wouldn’t be a disaster ,this is a tournament ive always said Celtic will do well in …im hoping at least second phase or quarter-final s here’s hoping we shall see ..HH GOD BLESS…………………..
Official Match Report
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Saturday, September 13, 2014
(Denayer 6, Commons 46)
CELTIC held off a spirited Aberdeen fightback to claim a well-deserved 2-1 victory at Paradise. An early goal from Jason Denayer followed by a clinical finish from Kris Commons at the beginning of the second-half was enough to see off Derek McInnes’ side whose goal came on the hour mark from David Goodwillie.
Ronny Deila made four changes from the side that drew with Dundee in the last league match, with new signings Aleksandar Tonev and Stefan Scepovic making their debuts for the Hoops in place of Jo Inge Berget and Anthony Stokes.
Efe Ambrose also replaced Adam Matthews at right-back and captain Scott Brown made a welcome return to the starting XI, replacing Beram Kayal.And it was the Nigerian defender who helped put the Hoops in front after just six minutes.
Commons’ shot on the edge of the box was deflected out for a corner, and he took the set-piece himself, floating a ball into the Aberdeen area.Ambrose fired in a shot which hit off Denayer and ended up in the back of the net. It gave the Hoops the lead and from then on they dominated the first-half, with Scott Brown leading by example in the middle of the park.
Izaguirre fired a ball into the Aberdeen box which found Commons but his header went just wide, with replays seeming to vindicate his claims that Andrew Considine had pushed him in the back to deny him the goalscoring opportunity.
Last season’s Player of the Year then tested Jamie Langfield from distance and won another corner for the Bhoys but it came to nothing.Ronny Deila’s men dominated possession for the majority of the first half with Commons the main architect of the home side’s chances.
Callum McGregor was next to benefit from that creativity after a clever back-heel pass from Commons down the right wing set the Scotland internationalist racing towards the Dons box. He headed for the byline but then jinked inside and shot, only to see his left-footed effort go just wide of the far post.
Every time Aberdeen tried to push forward, Celtic threatened on the break. Tonev and Commons both went close again before half-time but the score stayed at 1-0 heading into the break.That changed within seconds of the restart after McGregor quickly broke down the Aberdeen right wing, cut inside and set up Commons in the box. He fired a shot towards goal which took a deflection off Shaleum Logan and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 to the Champions.
Aberdeen’s only response was a Peter Lawlett shot, which produced a good save from Craig Gordon in the Celtic goal, while at the other end, another Commons shot skimmed the top of Langfield’s bar.
On the hour mark, however, Aberdeen reduced the deficit. A cross to the back post found Considine rushing in. His header across the Celtic six-yard box was met by Goodwillie, who nodded past Gordon to make it 2-1.Ronny Deila made two changes in the aftermath of the goal. John Guidetti made his debut, replacing Stefan Scepovic, and Beram Kayal came on for Scott Brown.
Aberdeen almost claimed an equaliser through Willo Flood after his shot from outside the box was punched away by Gordon but Goodwillie was flagged offside after the ball fell kindly to him free in the box.
Nir Biton replaced Aleksandar Tonev which helped Celtic restore control of the midfield, and while both sides continued to go in search of a goal, there was to be no further scoring, with Ronny Deila’s side pleased with another three points.
CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre; Brown (Kayal 60), Johansen; McGregor, Tonev (Bitton 70), Commons; Scepovic (Guidetti 60).
Not used: Zaluska, Stokes, Wakaso, , O’Connell
ABERDEEN (4-2-3-1) Langfield; Logan, Taylor, Reynolds, Considine (Rooney 76); Jack, Flood; Low (Monakana 62), Pawlett, McGinn; Goodwillie.
Not used: Brown, Murray, Robson, Wright, Smith