When I was young, one of my favourite players, Dixie Deans, loved playing against Hibs. Dixie scored two hat-tricks against the Hibees in two different cup finals, the 1972 Scottish Cup, 6-1 to Celtic, and the 6-3 win in the 1974 League Cup.
He also scored in title winning games against Hibs (3-0) in 1973, for eight in a row, and notched a hat-trick in the league game against poor Hibbys, the week before that League Cup final. It’s fair to say, they hated the sight of him!
Dixie was prolific against a very good Hibs side. But he was a striker, and expected to score.
Some players just do well against certain teams. And like Dixie with Hibs, it looks like Aussie Tom Rogic is the same with Aberdeen.
Now I’m not comparing the two players, far from it, what I am saying is Tom seems to score regularly against our nearest rivals.
Already this season he’s scored against McInnes’ men at three different venues, the fourth in our 4-1 win at Celtic Park, the only goal of the game at Pittodrie and Hampden, like Dixie, on our 3-0 spanking of the Dons in the League Cup final.
And to make matters worse for the Sheepies, Rogic is getting his fitness back, and will probably face them another twice before the end of the season, tonight and in the Scottish Cup Final in three weeks time.
Tom himself will be hoping his good run continues, starting this evening at Pittodrie, as Celtic look to extend our unbeaten domestic run to 44 games, stretching back over a year now.
Momentum is on our side, and with more game time under his belt, Tom could well be our talisman in the North East tonight..