Celtic blitzed Aberdeen with three goals in the first eleven minutes of last night’s league match at Pittodrie, as Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys took their points tally to the magic 100 for the season.
The Bhoys found very little resistance from the home defence, as first Dedryck Boyata, then Stuart Armstrong and finally Leigh Griffiths fired Celtic 3-0 up, before a precision chip by Johnny Hayes, gave what proved to be a consolation goal for the Dons.
Tom Rogic then had an excellent chance to score what would have been the Hoops’ 100th league goal, but shot straight at keeper Joe Lewis in the Aberdeen goal. I’m sure the big goalie would have been glad to keep that out after making a hash of our second and third goals.
As the game progressed McInnes’ men were going direct and missing out our midfield, this looked as though they were the dominant side when in fact the stats show a completely different picture.
Celtic had more possession, 53/47%, while the home side had more shots 13/12, only 3 were on target, compared to Celtic’s 8. Aberdeen did have more corners, 10 compared to our 4, we scored from one of ours!*
Quite a different picture from what the commentators, pundits and ex-players paint.
Let’s be honest, that was the best Aberdeen could do. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon didn’t have a single save to make in the second half. They can’t and won’t play any better.
And as for Derek McInnes issuing a ‘warning’ to Brendan Rodgers’ men, again reality tells a different story. His boast that in two weeks time, the undefeated champions of Scotland will face a confident Aberdeen is nothing more than flannel.
Celtic have played against his side five times already this season, scoring twelve goals, losing two in return, including sweeping aside the Dons in the league Cup final.
This same confident Dons side lost three goals recently, to a run of the mill Sevco side Celtic put seven past over two games. They also struggled to reach the Scottish Cup final, throwing away a two goal lead, and progressing courtesy of a deflected Johnny Hayes goal against a better Hibs side on the day.
To be honest, their defence couldn’t ‘keep weans out a close’ as they say…
Come the Scottish Cup Final, Brendan Rodgers will show Derek McInnes what a confident side looks like….and a winning one!
*stats courtesy of the BBC.