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Scottish Premiership

Pittodrie Stadium (ATT 13,127) 3rd March 2012 - Kick off 12:00 Ref: Craig Thomson

Aberdeen Aberdeen vs Celtic Celtic

Aberdeen 1

A Blackman (og 44)


Celtic 1

A Stokes (28)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 1:57 pm, March 3rd 2012

  1. Aberdeen's resiliency was fantastic as they showed there were no pushovers at Pittodrie. Celtic's charge towards the SPL title takes a momentarily sidestep but Neil Lennon will be pleased with his side's defending after a solid performance from Craig Brown's men. Thanks for your company and I'll see you all soon.

  2. FULL TIME. Aberdeen 1 Celtic 1.

  3. 90+3

    The corner lands in the path of McGeough whose speculative volley takes a touch and lands behind once more.

  4. 90+3

    Mawene looks to charge away with the ball but it ends up with a Celtic corner after brilliant pressing from Mulgrew.

  5. 90+2

    A solid looking move from Celtic ends up with an Aberdeen free-kick as Neil Lennon fumes on the sidelines. Two minutes of added time left.

  6. 90+1

    Cha turns brilliantly away from McArdle before playing in Wanyama whose vicious strike is deflected by the unknowing Considine!

  7. 90

    The corner runs out to the far post and Mulgrew ushers it out of play as Celtic look to get the ball upfield as quickly as possible.

  8. 89

    Aberdeen win a corner in the final minute as Rogne gets his head to a throw-in from the left side.

  9. 88

    Celtic press forward with purpose as Mulgrew launches a stunning cross into the box which looks destined for Stokes, as Brown ends up making a simple catch.

  10. 86

    Cha hussles McArdle who does well to clear away under pressure, and Mawene picks it up before Mulgrew gets in the way of Pawlett's shot.

  11. 85

    From the throw-in, Pawlett gets his head to the delivery but Forster is even to it, as Celtic now press upfield in search of a winner.

  12. 84

    Great movement from the hosts as Vernon is carved out space by Rae before a top tackle from Mulgrew neutralises the danger!

  13. 83

    Jack's free-kick from the centre circle is headed clear for a throw-in, as Aberdeen continue to look the more likely to nick a winner here.

  14. 82

    Play slows down for the time being, as both teams lose possession far too often, with Wanyama winning a free-kick under over-exuberrent pressure from Vernon.

  15. 81

    Mawene is booked instantly for a poor tackle on Wanyama with both feet raised.

  16. 79

    Fallon comes off to a warm applause with Youl Mawene his replacement.

  17. 78

    Forrest finds Stokes, who looks to carve an opening but is pressed back, with Celtic still maintaining possession before Hooper's header lands in the grateful arms of Brown.

  18. 77

    Great chance for Celtic as Forrest finds a yard to cross in from the left with no-one arriving on time to meet the delivery which ends up eventually in the hands of Brown.

  19. 76

    Arnason's free-kick is poor as the Dons waste the chance to challenge the Celtic defence, but the counter attack breaks down under Hooper who is forced back to Ledley.

  20. 75

    Celtic push up from the back, but Mulgrew's ball down the left is poor and the home fans cheer as it harmlessly rolls out of play.

  21. 74

    Wanyama can't find Hooper with a through ball, as Celtic continue to struggle creating anything in this second half.

  22. 73

    Jack and Fallon almost link up to great effect before Ledley intercepts, with Vernon looks to pounce on a cross into the box which Forster calmly collects.

  23. 72

    Fyvie is replaced and Peter Pawlett takes to the field.

  24. 71

    Fyvie receives treatment following his knock and the signal has been made for a chance after he collided with Lustig prior to his substitution.

  25. 70

    Fyvie is hobbling around having seemingly taken a knock, before Forrest collects a poor pass from Jack, storming forward and blazing a great chance wide with a scuffed shot.

  26. 69

    Celtic make their third sub with 20 minutes left as Cha Du-Ri replaces Lustig.

  27. 68

    From the corner, Vernon wins the last header in the six-yard box but pressure from Mulgrew is crucial as he nudges the striker to force his header wide.

  28. 67

    Megginson is again lively on the left, winning a throw-in after a strong tackle from Rogne.

  29. 66

    Commons is taken off and Dylan McGeouch replaces the midfielder.

  30. 65

    Celtic look to control play again as they move the ball around midfield, but Jack's pressure wins back the ball and the Dons look good value here as Celtic prepare to make a change.

  31. 64

    Rogne dispossesses Fallon on the edge of the area but he plays it blindly up towards Hooper and Brown claims before he has the chance to reach it.

  32. 63

    Considine heads away Lustig's delivery upfield, and the Dons look to break again with Megginson played in brilliantly by Jack before spurning a great chance from 10 yards!

  33. 61

    Commons looks for Forrest but the winger is caught offside as he sets off too early to collect on the right side.

  34. 60

    Rogne gets his header to a Kommons corner, but Considine deflects it away as Lustig cynically fouls Megginson on the break and picks up a booking.

  35. 59

    Blackman is taken off after a rough 60 minutes for the younster and Victor Wanyama is introduced for Celtic.

  36. 58

    Forrest looks for Mulgrew with a through ball but Brown is ready to pounce and dives on the ball before the striker can make contact.

  37. 57

    Wilson ends up isolated under the threat of three Dons players, but between Forster and himself they manage to clear. Moments later Arnason has a drive which flies over. Turning into a cracker of game now.

  38. 56

    Stokes gets to the byline, with the delivery into the six-yard box hoofed clear by Considine before Blackman's cross into the back post is well claimed by Brown.

  39. 55

    A pass back from Commons almost finds Rogne in trouble under pressure from Fallon but the centre-back does well to play back coolly to Forster.

  40. 54

    Celtic respond with some neat passing, as Hooper and Blackman link up before Hooper is nudged off the ball by Arnason for a free-kick,

  41. 52

    Aberdeen have really started this half brightly as they dominate proceedings in Celtic's half, with the Dons claiming a corner but Jack's throw-in rolls out for a goal kick.

  42. 51

    It's injuries galore right now as Wilson takes a knock in the box under pressure from Vernon, before Rogne is penalised and booked for a foul on Fallon. That looked pretty harsh from up here.

  43. 50

    Stokes deservedly picks up a booking for that tackle.

  44. 49

    Aberdeen are anxious to resume play, and as the ball wasn't given back to Celtic from the free-kick Stokes hacks down Jack on the right side.

  45. 48

    Hooper is down in some distress after a clash with Jack, but he is back on his feet after some treatment from the physios.#

  46. 47

    Blackman plays a loose pass which Fyvie capitalises on, with Jack delivering a super ball into the box which Fallon narrowly misses making contact with.

  47. 46

    Aberdeen kick off the second half.

  48. And that's your lot at half-time. Celtic have impressed, with Stokes registering the opener before a nightmare own goal from Blackman finds us level at the break. Send your second half predictions to or tweet @JWoodfield365

  49. HALF TIME. Aberdeen 1 Celtic 1.

  50. 44

    Blackman suffers at the hands of Vernon who outmuscles him initial before Rae strikes and the ball comes off the defender and past the helpless Forster. Game on!

  51. 44

    GOAL! Blackman scores an own goal!

  52. 42

    Ledley reads the movement of Megginson brilliantly to nip in and steal back the ball, but the Dons are moving the ball about with much improvement before Jack is caught offside on the byline.

  53. 41

    Blackman persists and regains possession impressively before Forrest tries to do a bit too much near the byline and ends up letting the ball roll away for a goal-kick.

  54. 40

    Considine and Wilson compete for the ball, with the Celtic man coming out on top as they topple Aberdeen's first real spell of pressure.

  55. 39

    A great move from Aberdeen finds Fyvie in the box, whose shot takes a deflection as the Dons win a corner.

  56. 38

    Brown parries Stokes' vicious free-kick before Considine sweeps up as Celtic up their pressure for a second before the break.

  57. 37

    Blackman takes a tumble on the edge of the box, albeit very theaterically in a clash with Vernon, moments after Celtic won a free-kick on the edge of the area which three Hoops players are lining up.

  58. 36

    Stokes' cross out wide is met by McArdle, before Forrest lumps it back into the box which finds Hooper in an offside position.

  59. 35

    Ledley's persistence earns the Hoops a corner which the midfielder will take.

  60. 34

    A succession of headers lands in the path of Rae, who looks for McArdle on the left who just lacks the pace to track down the midfielder's ball.

  61. 33

    An interesting pass from Ledley prevents Forrest from breaking forward, as he instead plays back to Rogne and the chance to attack is wasted.

  62. 32

    Fallon turns and decides to fire from 25-yards after picking up Fyvie's ball but the striker's effort is pretty poor as it ends up high and wide behind goal.

  63. 31

    Celtic's fans are loving the action as they sound their approval, with Stokes' persistence to win a throw-in met with a huge roar.

  64. 30

    Aberdeen look for an instant reply with McArdle's searching ball to the back post met by Fallon who can't keep his header under the bar.

  65. 28

    Stokes scores his seventh goal in six games againsgt the Dons as Kommons divinely plays through the striker who rounds Brown before coolly slotting into the net. First blood to the Hoops!

  66. 28

    GOAL! Stokes scores!

  67. 27

    Lustig and Forrest link up on the right but such is the midfield battle occuring in the centre of the park that the visitors have to hold up possession in defence.

  68. 26

    Celtic's mean defence limits Fallon's ball in behind Rogne, who easily reads the pass, as Vernon continues in his stuggle to find space to run into.

  69. 25

    Stokes wins a free-kick after excessive pressure from Vernon, but Celtic are pushed back after strong defending from Aberdeen, before Brown claims Ledley's cross into the box.

  70. 24

    Fallon looks to knock on Considine's ball upfield, which takes a touch off Rogne as Aberdeen win a throw-in on the right side.

  71. 23

    As Celtic boost their possession stats, Blackman again makes progress on the left before Jack stands firm to intercept.

  72. 21

    A Celtic corner is met by Reynolds who heads away bravely. Moments later, Stokes is caught offside as the Hoops increase the pressure on the Dons' defence.

  73. 20

    McArdle carelessly passes to Stokes, with only fortunate defending from Considine preventing Hooper with the chance to shoot in the penalty area.

  74. 19

    Rory Fallon slides in late on Blackman, and while Celtic wanted to continue, the referee pulls back play for the free-kick on the left side.

  75. 18

    Stokes looks to help on Joe Ledley's cross but he directs it out of play as both teams struggle to create any early chances.

  76. 17

    Vernon gets into a scuffle with Thomas Rogne as tempers threatened to flare before Celtic quickly played the free-kick.

  77. 16

    Lovely passing from Celtic nearly lets Blackman in space down the left but he fails to control a tough pass from Stokes and the Dons regain possession.

  78. 15

    Brown boots the ball upfield, with Vernon penalised for a push on Mulgrew as both teams exchange possession willy nilly for the time being.

  79. 14

    Aberdeen win a corner but the pacey Stokes brings the ball clear, with McArdle forced into a sliding tackle to prevent the striker entering the Dons' half.

  80. 13

    Stokes is claiming hand-ball as Rae clears away from Forrest but the referee isn't budging as he waves play on.

  81. 12

    Considine was off-balance trying to contol Lustig's upfield ball but the defender does enough as he sets Aberdeen underway.

  82. 11

    Fyvie intercepts on a poor pass from Hooper as McArdle is picked out on the left. As Celtic's defenders push up though, Vernon is caught offside as he heads at goal from the far post.

  83. 9

    Another Mulgrew free-kick causes confusion as Considine gets the last touch by hacking away from the looming Hooper.

  84. 8

    Lustig links up with Stokes in the right corner before volleying a cross into the near post which carries some pace but is dealt with by Jason Brown.

  85. 7

    Arnason goes down under a lunging challenge from Andre Blackman, who picks up a booking as a result.

  86. 6

    Charlie Mulgrew drives the free-kick at the far post and watches it cannon off the post! Aberdeen clear in the end what was a superb effort from the centre-back.

  87. 5

    James Forrest takes a tumble under Rory McArdle and Celtic have a free-kick 25 yards out in a dangerous position.

  88. 4

    Andre Blackman searches for Stokes down the right, with Ryan Jack cutting across to make the clearance out of play.

  89. 3

    Fraser Fyvie tracks back to dispossess Hooper but his ball up finds no-one waiting and Celtic easily regain control of the ball.

  90. 2

    Shaun Megginson capitalises on a smart turn away from Kris Commons, with Mikael Lustig on hand to intercept the winger during a powerful run.

  91. 1

    Celtic get the game underway.

  92. High-flying Celtic are clear favourites with our friends at Sky Bet, the SPL leaders priced at 8/15. Aberdeen are 5/1 to emerge victorious while the draw is avaliable at 3/1.

  93. Aberdeen: Brown, Jack, McArdle, Reynolds, Considine, Fyvie, Rae, Arnason, Megginson, Fallon, Vernon. Subs: Langfield, Mawene, Mackie, Pawlett, Chalali, Magennis, Uchechi.

  94. Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Rogne, Kelvin Wilson, Blackman, Forrest, Mulgrew, Ledley, Commons, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Cha, Brozek, McCourt, Loovens, McGeough, Wanyama.

  95. The teams are in...

  96. Welcome to Pittodrie for live coverage of Aberdeen v Celtic in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League. Celtic can resume their 23-point lead over Rangers today - albeit temporarily - as the title draws nearer for Neil Lennon's men. Meanwhile, Aberdeen can close to within one point of Hearts in sixth place with a win this afternoon. If you'd like to drop me a line you can do so at or tweet me @JWoodfield365

  97. Kick-off is at 1200 GMT...



Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 37 89
2 Aberdeen 37 75
3 Inverness CT 37 65
4 St Johnstone 37 54
5 Dundee United 37 53
6 Dundee 37 45
7 Hamilton Academical 37 50
8 Partick Thistle 37 45
9 Kilmarnock 37 41
10 Ross County 37 41
11 Motherwell 37 35
12 St Mirren 37 30