Celtic player ratings vs Aberdeen (home)

By John Reid

December 21, 2019

Celtic once more moved five points clear at the top of the league thanks to a 2-1 win over Aberdeen. The Hoops started the season dominantly, and it was no surprise to see Christopher Jullien open the scoring in the first ten minutes of the game.

The Hoops then proceeded to miss a host of chances, before Sam Cosgrove headed home the equaliser with a header. Thankfully Celtic took the lead once more in the second-half, thanks to a fine Odsonne striker. Shortly after, Cosgrove was sent-off for a crude challenge on Kristoffer Ajer.

The game then mostly petered out as the Hoops picked up the vital three points. Here are how the Celtic players rated in their 10th league win in a row:

 

Fraser Forster – 6

Had nothing to do for the entire game aside from pick the goal out of the back of the net for Sam Cosgrove’s goal, which he had no chance to save. He will no doubt be annoyed not to have kept a clean sheet, but otherwise it was another successful day for the goalkeeper.

Jeremie Frimpong – 6

Had a poorish first-half, but grew more into the game as it progressed. He arguably should have done better with a late chance to make it 3-1, but overall he can pleased with his performance. He gutted it out, and that is all you can ask of a young player.

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Christopher Jullien – 8

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The stand-out performer for the Hoops on the day. Scored the early goal to give Celtic the lead, and was a rock at the back for the Hoops. Has undeniably grown to be one of the leaders in the Hoops side, and is looking like one of the best Celtic signings in a while.

Kristoffer Ajer – 6

A tale of two halves for Ajer. Arguably should have done better with Sam Cosgrove’s header for the Aberdeen goal. However, he made up for that with his run and pass helped to set up Odsonne Edouard’s winning goal. Was then crudely challenged by Cosgrove who was given a red card.

Boli Bolingoli – 7

A good display from the returning Bolingoli. Played well enough in defence and also put in some superb crosses into the box, one which put a chance of a plate for Odsonne Edouard, who somehow missed. Still, a good display and Bolingoli should be first choice left-back for the next two fixtures.

Scott Brown – 6

A typical performance from Brown, as he helped the Hoops gain control of the middle of the park. He didn’t have the most eye-catching display, but he did what was asked of him as usual. Another news-worthy week for Brown ends with him on top, as usual.

Callum McGregor – 6

Wasn’t as influential in the game as he would have liked to have been, but did manage to get forward at times to help the Hoops get the three points. Similarly to James Forrest, he can perform better for the Hoops and will no doubt come good again.

Ryan Christie – 7

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An interesting game for the Hoops attacker. Was booked for diving yet provided the assists for both of Celtic’s goals. Also came close to finding the back of the net himself with shot that curled just past the post. All in all, Christie showed why he is one of Celtic’s most important players with his performance.

Olivier Ntcham – 5

Was nowhere near as influential as he was in the recent win against Hearts. Has played well in the attacking midfield role recently but didn’t have his best game against Aberdeen. No surprise to see him replaced by Mikey Johnston after what was a quiet game by his standards.

James Forrest – 6

Had a decent game but seemed to be on the margins at times. Grew more into the game when Aberdeen were reduced to 10 men, but he has had better days for the Hoops. He is too good not to come again though, perhaps against St Mirren on Boxing day.

Odsonne Edouard – 6

An up and down day for the striker, as he scored a fine goal for the Hoops, but managed to miss a host of chances in the first-half. At times, he seemed to want to take too many touches, but in the end he managed to find the back of the net and that is what is his job is all about.

Substitutes

Mikey Johnston (5) came on in the second-half and performed well enough in his return to the first-team. Neither Leigh Griffiths or Tom Rogic made an impact on the game.