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Celtic 3-1 Aberdeen

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Celtic Park

Aberdeen were denied their first league point at Celtic Park in 17 attempts by two late goals from Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

Kris Commons opened for the hosts with a strike from the edge of the box.

Niall McGinn got the final touch after a melee in the box as the Dons levelled in first-half injury time.

McGinn struck the post in the second half before Celtic broke Aberdeen spirits in stoppage time with Derk Boerrigter and Commons firing home.

Neil Lennon's side remain five points clear of second-placed Inverness while Aberdeen slip from third to fifth.

Celtic captain Scott Brown threatened early on, arriving at the back post to scoop the ball over.

Aberdeen came into the game and Michael Hector roamed forward to shoot from 20 yards but his tame near-post effort was easily gathered by Fraser Forster.

After Darnell Fisher's strike had been safely caught by Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, Celtic defender Efe Ambrose ventured forward to boost the hosts' attack.

The Nigeria international slalomed past numerous red shirts to the edge of the box and, off balance, he blasted his shot high into the stands, much to the dismay of the home crowd.

Georgios Samaras then forced another save from Langfield with a swerving shot but the breakthrough was not far away.

Langfield came for a cross but could only punch it as far as Commons, who picked his spot before calmly slotting the ball into the net.

Aberdeen players celebrating
McGinn (far left) netted against his former club

But just as it looked like Celtic would go in at half-time with the lead, Aberdeen equalised. A corner from Jonny Hayes caused chaos in the Celtic box and McGinn bundled over the line following Calvin Zola's header.

Joe Ledley's stinging drive looked destined for the top corner as Celtic tried to regain the lead in the second half but Langfield pulled off a fine save.

At the other end, uncertainty in the Celtic defence presented a chance for Hector but his shot went wide.

Samaras then drove through the Aberdeen defence and beat Langfield only to see his strike hit the post.

Langfield pulled off another stunning save, touching wide after Commons had gone clean through to fire in a shot.

The Dons also went looking for a winner with Joe Shaughnessy heading wide before Forster saved a scissor-kick shot from McGinn.

McGinn went even closer moments later, his shot beating Forster but coming back off post.

And then came further agony for Aberdeen.

Langfield saved from Virgil van Dijk following a Charlie Mulgrew corner but Boerrigter was on hand to lash the ball home.

That utterly deflated the Dons and Commons scored again from close range with virtually the last kick of the game.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Forster
  • 41FisherSubstituted forLustigat 73'minutes
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 8Brown
  • 15Commons
  • 9SamarasBooked at 43mins
  • 20PukkiSubstituted forBoerrigterat 64'minutes
  • 16LedleySubstituted forBaldéat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Biton
  • 11Boerrigter
  • 17Baldé
  • 18Rogic
  • 23Lustig
  • 24Zaluska
  • 33Kayal

Aberdeen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Langfield
  • 2ShaughnessySubstituted forVernonat 90+2'minutes
  • 6Reynolds
  • 22Jack
  • 4Anderson
  • 5Considine
  • 11HayesSubstituted forWyldeat 72'minutes
  • 27Hector
  • 7Zola-MakongoSubstituted forMagennisat 72'minutes
  • 16Pawlett
  • 10McGinn

Substitutes

  • 9Vernon
  • 14Smith
  • 17Wylde
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver
  • 21Magennis
  • 35Murray
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
49,683

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away1

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 3, Aberdeen 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Aberdeen 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 3, Aberdeen 1. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Vernon replaces Joe Shaughnessy.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 2, Aberdeen 1. Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gregg Wylde.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Amido Baldé (Celtic).

  9. Post update

    Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

  11. Post update

    Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Joe Ledley.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Mikael Lustig replaces Darnell Fisher.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Gregg Wylde replaces Jonathan Hayes.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Magennis replaces Calvin Zola-Makongo.