Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen
Tomorrow’s papers will be full with the headline. Aberdeen have set a new club record without scoring, going six games not finding the net for the first time in the club’s 118 year history.
The milestone – perhaps ‘miserable-stone is more appropriate’ – was officially passed with 74 minutes played at Celtic Park signifying this Dons side surpassed Jimmy Bonthrone’s side of 1974, who also went on a five game barren run of goals.
In total Aberdeen have not scored in over 550 minutes of official play.
The Dons were close to ending the duct with Florian Kamberi hitting the post 36’ minutes into the match.
The game was decided by a David Turnbull 30 yard strike on 14’.
The result leaves Aberdeen in fourth however they are now four points behind Hibs with the Hibees having a game in hand on the Dons for the first time this season.
Derek McInnes was aggrieved Alan Muir didn’t give a penalty for a Florian Kamberi shot that seemed to be blocked by the hand of Stephen Welsh in the first half: “We lost a penalty at St Mirren, Bobby Madden gave it that day, there’s interpretation of it, but the reason was the boy’s hand was out in an unnatural position as it was tonight. It is the most difficult one to decide on but if Bobby Madden is right then Alan’s wrong.”
McInnes on the unwanted 6 in a row record: “We’re there to be shot at with that stat but it is what it is. We can make some reasons for that but ultimately we need to take responsibility for it. We’ve had a lot of positive stats in our time at Aberdeen but that for me is really disappointing.”
McInnes on loaned out striker Bruce Anderson scoring again tonight for Hamilton: “We want our players to do well when they go on loan. Every time he scores it’s no frustrating. It’s a pleasure that the boy’s doing well.”
Hoops boss Neil Lennon took the night off media duty so Celtic assistant John Kennedy spoke to the BBC after the game: “Second half we had to grind it out, first half we were really comfortable. When it’s 1-0, teams are always going to throw everything at it. We stood really strong. We defend the box really well. Turnbull’s been terrific for us. He came in, spent a bit of time in terms of getting up to the speed of the training and how we worked.”
2021 has been miserable for the Dons seeing the potential for a twelve point swing in ten games between Aberdeen and Hibs. The Dons started the year two points ahead of Hibs with a game in hand and now trail by four with the Hibees having played a game less.
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All three loanee strikers appeared for the Dons. Kamberi and Hornby started up-front with Callum Hendry subbed on in the second half.
The only change from the side that drew with St Mirren at the weekend was Niall McGinn dropping out for Ash Taylor who returned from injury.
It meant Dean Campbell got his second start in a row and McCrorie moved back to midfield.
Campbell was one of the more livelier players for the Dons but his efforts weren’t enough to help prevent McInnes suffering his fifth defeat in ten games.
To add salt to the gaping wounds inflicted on the North-east club, striker Bruce Anderson – who the Dons loaned to Hamilton in January – scored his second goal in as many games for the Accies netting the equaliser against St Mirren.
Up next: Kilmarnock, Home
Up next Aberdeen play Kilmarnock at home, Saturday, KO 3pm.