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Viewers Were Appalled By Aberdeen's Approach During Loss To Celtic

Viewers Were Appalled By Aberdeen's Approach During Loss To Celtic
By Gary Connaughton
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The World Cup may still be ongoing, but it was normal service resumed in Scotland this afternoon. The Scottish Premiership made its return this weekend, with Celtic travelling to take on Aberdeen in the early-kick off.

It was a game Ange Postecoglou's side were expected to win, with a victory opening up a nine-point gap at the top of the league.

In the end, they got the job done. It was a tough slog at Pittodrie, but a late Callum McGregor goal would ultimately prove to be the difference between the sides.

It was a fine goal from the Scot, one that was badly needed to break down a stubborn Aberdeen defence.


Aberdeen criticised for tactics against Celtic

It's fair to say that Aberdeen took a conservative approach to the game.

They packed the defence and gave little room for the Celtic players to operate in the final third. However, they also offered very little in the final third.


Celtic would have 81% possession in the game and 33 shots on the opposition goal. In contrast, the home team had only two efforts to score of their own, with neither hitting the target.


Their tactics came in for heavy criticism from viewers.


In many ways, this game highlighted the gulf of class that is present in the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic are comfortably the best side in the division, but Aberdeen are also meant to be one of its better teams. They currently sit in third place in the table and have long been considered as 'the best of the rest' in Scotland.

That's why it was so disappointing to seemingly approach this game without any sort of ambition of actually winning it.

For Celtic, this game represents a promising return to domestic action after the World Cup break. Their nine-point lead over Rangers only looks likely to grow over the coming months, with their Glasgow rivals having had a very poor run of form prior to the break in the season.

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