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Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen

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Highlights: Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen became the first Scottish team to inflict a home defeat on Brendan Rodgers' Celtic as the Dons secured second place in the Premiership.

Derek McInnes' side finish as runners-up for a fourth year in a row thanks to Andrew Considine's second-half strike.

Greg Stewart had earlier curled a free-kick on to the top of the hosts' bar.

Champions Celtic, who were presented with the trophy after the match, came close through substitutes Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong.

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis denied the Scotland duo and Aberdeen had Shay Logan sent off after the match as the Dons finished three points in front of Rangers, who drew 5-5 with Hibernian at Easter Road.

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Trophy time for Celtic

There was a familiar party feel in the Glasgow sunshine before the game. Celtic, having won seven successive league titles, have become used to celebrating at this time of year but Aberdeen were desperate for a final-day flourish that could see them claim the best of the rest spot.

As expected it was the home side who dominated early proceedings, but the first real effort fell to the men in red. Gary Mackay-Steven was brought down on the edge of the box and Stewart smashed the resulting free-kick off Scott Bain's crossbar.

It gave the visitors a confidence boost and after Lewis blocked a Moussa Dembele shot from close range, they poured forward and Kristoffer Ajer cleared a cross that almost crept past Bain into the Celtic goal.

Both sets of fans were clearly well aware of the rollercoaster match between Hibs and Rangers in the capital, with each goal for the home side being met with cheers from those in red and green in equal measure.

Leigh Griffiths heads an effort towards goal
Griffiths was unsuccessful with three second-half efforts for Celtic

But goals were what was lacking at Celtic Park and what started off as an interesting tussle turned fairly scrappy with neither side looking particularly threatening in the final third of the pitch.

Sensing how the tide was turning at Easter Road, Aberdeen came out after the interval with real intent. Stewart curled a shot just over but less than a minute later they were ahead.

The Celtic defence failed to clear on the left-hand side and, with some help from Kenny McLean, the ball fell to Considine, who powered through on goal and blasted low past Bain at his near post. It was a fine finish and it felt very much like a crucial finish.

Rodgers made a couple of changes, perhaps with the Scottish Cup final in mind, and one of those changes, Griffiths, should have done better 10 minutes after the goal. Ajer slid the ball through at the edge of the box but the striker could only toe poke a weak effort into the thankful hands of Lewis.

Celtic were starting to turn the screw, though, and Olivier Ntcham watched Lewis desperately scramble across his goal to block his long-range effort, Anthony O'Connor superbly blocking Callum McGregor's rebound attempt. It was all beginning to look a little ominous for the visitors.

It was Lewis who continued to come to Aberdeen's rescue as his goal was peppered with Celtic shots time and time again - Griffiths and Armstrong both on target but denied by the Englishman.

McInnes could hardly watch as he prowled the Aberdeen technical area desperate for the clock to read 90.

But when the whistle was blown he jumped in then air as did the small band of Aberdeen fans who had travelled to Glasgow hoping this could be their day.

It all got a little too much for Logan, who was sent off after the final whistle for over-celebrating in front of the Celtic fans.

Shay Logan is sent off by referee Craig Thompson
Logan was escorted off by Aberdeen assistant manager Tony Docherty

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 35AjerBooked at 80mins
  • 63TierneySubstituted forSinclairat 52'minutes
  • 8BrownBooked at 74mins
  • 21NtchamSubstituted forArmstrongat 68'minutes
  • 49Forrest
  • 18Rogic
  • 42McGregorBooked at 66mins
  • 10DembeleSubstituted forGriffithsat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hendry
  • 5Simunovic
  • 7Roberts
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Sinclair
  • 14Armstrong
  • 24de Vries

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2LoganBooked at 90mins
  • 5O'Connor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 4Considine
  • 18Ball
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 82mins
  • 8StewartSubstituted forCampbellat 65'minutes
  • 7McLeanBooked at 35mins
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forMayat 85'minutes
  • 27CosgroveSubstituted forRooneyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rooney
  • 14Árnason
  • 15Wright
  • 30Woodman
  • 31Anderson
  • 44Campbell
  • 83May
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
58,388

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home19
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 0, Aberdeen 1.

Dismissal

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Aberdeen 1.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Joe Lewis (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Stevie May replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen).

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay in match Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) because of an injury.

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Sam Cosgrove.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong replaces Olivier Ntcham.

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Callum McGregor (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dean Campbell replaces Greg Stewart.

Attempt missed. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic382410473254882
2Aberdeen38227956371973
3Rangers382171076502670
4Hibernian381813762461667
5Kilmarnock381611114947259
6Hearts381213133939049
7Motherwell38139164349-648
8St Johnstone381210164253-1146
9Dundee38116213657-2139
10Hamilton3896234768-2133
11Partick Thistle3889213161-3033
12Ross County38611214062-2229
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