Today was about one thing, 3 points and top of the league. We were lucky in the end but the websites the length and breadth of Scotland will show Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic and Celtic top of the league. The JOY AND EMOTION from Ronny was there for all to see. This was a HUGE game for our manager. When we were beat at home from Hamilton there was an international break and the wait to make up for the defeat and I know this feeling, you want to play the next day never mind the next week to get the defeat out your system, what we seen with Ronny at full time utter joy and a release of so much tension. Ronny will now relax in the international break. I said a few weeks ago Ronny may have changed his “We want to beat Barcelona” philosophy to just know he has to win games, we are winning ugly and I LOVE THAT. When you are not at 100% and you are winning this is a good thing because you can only get better, we are now on a good run, we are in pole position for last 32 of Europa league, so tonight we are happy
Aberdeen took the lead on 26 minutes when Andy Considine’s shot comes back off Lukasz Zaluska and Adam Rooney was there to knock the ball into the net, Zaluska should have done better but as the game went on he made some top saves.
A player I really like and give man of the match to a lot got us level, a brilliant run from Johansen who got to the ball before defender and keeper to dink the ball over both after a great ball into the box from Stokes, brilliant goal by an ever improving player and a superb spot by Stokes
Possession in the first half was 60%/40^ for Celtic, seconds half was 70%/30% for Celtic.
UTTER DELIGHT AND RELIEF FROM RONNY! Thanks to @CollectCelticFC
When the ref made a howler of a mistake in sending off Scott Brown on 81 minutes we felt it could be a bad end to the game but what we seen is what we want to see. Ronny said after the game “When Brown went off, our leader, we needed more leaders and we got them, we are coming together as a unit, we are top and we want to stay there” Games like this can define a manager going forward. Confidence will be rushing through the veins of the team right now and it comes from the top, from the manager. The way he was cuddling the players at full time was a joy to see. It looked like 1-1 and not top of the league with 10 men and we would have had to accept this, but this team are starting to show something, all the weeks and months of hard work, I think are starting to come together. On 88 minutes a superb corner from Johansen was fired into the back post, I could hear screaming 100 mile away in Aberdeen over my screaming when Van Dijk was as cool as any Dutch player to tap home at the back post for a 2-1 Celtic win.
When the 4th official put up 3 minutes I was screaming “Slow it down, take it into the corners” And we did this well. We are adapting. Seeing the players dancing and jumping all over each other in-front of the fans tells us all one thing, these guys are all on the same page
It was good to see James Forrest come back, he did ok, but he needs 5 or 6 games to get near to match fitness. Guidetti was starved of any service the whole game, there were errors, but when you win 2-1 away in what is your hardest fixture of the season, with 10 men and to go top of the league, THAT IS WHY WE LOVE CELTIC! Aberdeen’s Shaleum Logan red carded after game, Football just throws Irony at us all the time 😀
Man of the match : Stefan Johansen, he is improving very fast and scoring goals as well