Aberdeen appear to be in a full-blown crisis just days before Celtic visit
Just 2 days before Celtic make the trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in another huge Premiership challenge for Ange Postecoglou’s men, the Dons appear to be in full-blown crisis mode.
It was yet another dismal performance and result for Stephen Glass’ side at Livingston on Saturday. A 2-1 defeat to the Lions saw his own support turn on him, with chants calling for the manager to go as they slumped out of the top six.
It’s been a hugely unconvincing debut season for Glass in the Granite City. Their loss to Livi made it only 8 wins in 24, officially confirming that the Dons have only won a third of their league games this term.
Aberdeen also haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 6 matches, whilst they’re still winless in the Premiership in 2022. As you can imagine, Glass is under an unreal amount of pressure, and a home clash with Celtic is exactly the fixture he doesn’t want.
As quoted by the Press and Journal, Aberdeen boss Glass said: “I’m under pressure every day of my life at this club so it is nothing new. They (supporters) see a team that was pretty poor in the first half and they made their feelings known. You want your team to produce results and performances that don’t encourage reactions like that.
“When you have a performance like that you are open to whatever is coming your way. As a group of players we didn’t produce enough on the day. It has happened too many times.”
Aberdeen fans fuming with Stephen Glass; not looking good for them ahead of Celtic
Granted, what has been Aberdeen’s saving grace this season is their home form. They’ve only lost 1 league game in 7 at Pittodrie since Celtic last went there in October. That 2-1 success kickstarted the feelgood factor under Ange Postecoglou, and Glass will be praying it does something similar for him.
However, the sheer fan anger with their performance levels has reached peak level [The Herald]. Not to mention Glass has also been hammering his players recently as he stated some of them believe they’re better than they are [Daily Record]. It’s always hugely concerning when that kind of rhetoric is being bandied around.
Midfielder Ross McCrorie, meanwhile, believes that Aberdeen are “too nice” in how they play [The Herald]. Again, not what Glass will want to hear when it comes to his players’ thoughts on his playing style.
But there’s no denying Aberdeen are a real soft touch at the moment. Celtic couldn’t be facing them at a better time, and hopefully that shows when we pitch up in the Granite City on Wednesday night.
Then again, Aberdeen have shown on several occasions this season that they do now how to get themselves up for Celtic and Rangers games. The Ibrox club have drawn their 2 meetings with Glass’ side this season, whilst we’ve only managed to win by one-goal margins in both of our games against them too.
They’re fragile with their manager likely on a shoogly peg. But that doesn’t mean complacency should set in for the Celtic players. Aberdeen have shown they can be up for the one-off battle this term.