Miller time for Celtic
Late show for Celtic
By Peter O'Rourke. Last Updated: August 19, 2007 4:10pm
Two late goals from substitute Kenny Miller helped Celtic to a 3-1 win at Aberdeen.
Celtic came from a goal down to take all three points at Pittodrie and keep up the pressure on league leaders Rangers.
Craig Brewster fired Aberdeen in front before Massimo Donati drew Celtic level just past the hour mark and two goals in the last five minutes from Miller completed the comeback
Aberdeen started brightly and Jamie Smith saw his dipping free-kick from the edge of the box tipped over the crossbar by Artur Boruc after just three minutes.
Three minutes later Scott McDonald teed up Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink inside the box and the big Dutchman slotted his shot just wide of the target.
DeadlockAberdeen broke the deadlock on 25 minutes with Brewster scoring from close-range.
Aiden McGeady lost possession on the edge of the box allowing Michael Hart to play in Barry Nicholson down the right, who crossed for Brewster to tap the ball home from four yards.
Celtic should have drawn level seconds later when McDonald somehow headed Shunsuke Nakamura's cross wide of the target with the goal at his mercy.
Boruc had a lucky escape right on the stroke of half-time when he fumbled Darren Mackie's long-range shot behind him, but he recovered in time to catch the ball on the goal-line.
Celtic came out for the second half in determined fashion and Nakamura was unlucky not to equalise on 58 minutes when he saw his swerving free-kick crash off the underside of the crossbar.
EqualiserThe visitors drew level just past the hour mark with a superb goal from Donati, as he collected McGeady's pass inside the box and cut inside Zander Diamond before curling the ball into the net.
Celtic grabbed the lead five minutes from time when substitute Miller scored from close-range.
Donati turned creator when he fed the ball to Miller inside the box and the Scottish international slotted the ball low under Derek Soutar.
In the closing stages Gordon Strachan was sent from the dug-out after getting involved in a confrontation on the sidelines.
Miller made sure of the win in stoppage time when he curled home a superb shot from the edge of the box.