Aberdeen look set to take an extremely risky approach against Celtic tomorrow

By David Walton

February 8, 2022

Aberdeen sound as if they’re about to try and go toe-to-toe with Celtic’s possession-based game at Pittodrie tomorrow night.

The Hoops have been in rip-roaring form in recent weeks as they’ve finally found their golden touch in front of goal. Indeed, Ange Postecoglou’s side has won all 6 games in 2022, with 7 goals scored in the last 2 matches alone. They couldn’t be visiting Pittodrie with morale any higher.

Meanwhile, the Dons appear to be in full-blown crisis mode. Despite trying a possession-based game of their own, they’ve been lackluster in the final third this season. Goals have been a real problem with Glass’ team only scoring more than 1 goal in 1 of their last 7 games.

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Celtic have at times struggled this season against teams that choose to sit deep and play defensive football. But it doesn’t sound as though Aberdeen are ready to resort to that as Glass previewed the game on his club’s official website:

“I think we need to show all of our qualities tomorrow night, like we have done in the home games. The last time up here against them we lost a late goal through one lapse of concentration. We don’t want to be a team that loses game, we have not done that too much at Pittodrie and that is what we want to continue, whatever that takes.

“If teams are going to sit in, it is difficult to break them down, any team on the planet finds it difficult to break down teams that sit in. We have found that difficult especially away from home, a different approach at times might be needed. At home against a Celtic team that feel like they can come and dominate the ball, I don’t think that they are going to be sitting in, I don’t think they go anywhere and sit in. It is a different challenge to any we have struggled against recently.

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“In any game, you want to impose yourself as quick as you can, definitely when you are at home. Even more against a team that wants to control possession, wants to dictate and wants to influence games really early. How we approach the very start of the game is massive, it is nothing new from the last time they came here, they work in the same manner, they have a consistent playing style, they have got good players that operate at a very high level. It is up to us to stop that and pick the holes in them when we can. It is not a different game to the last time we played them.”

Stephen Glass can’t afford an embarrassment when Aberdeen host Celtic

It’s fair to say Glass is swiftly losing the support of his own fanbase heading into this one. The chants aimed at him from the visiting fans at Livingston on Saturday certainly couldn’t have been pleasant for the Dons boss to listen to [The Herald].

Interesting then that he sounds ready to come out and attack Celtic. That sounds like the worst approach he could take. If the Hoops dish out a result similar to what Rangers and Motherwell were on the end of, it won’t reflect too well on the Dons gaffer.

One thing this Celtic side manages to do so impressively is pick off the space available to them. It looks great for Aberdeen when they’re putting on a high press and forcing the odd throw-in. But what about the occasions where Celtic beat it and you’ve then got Tom Rogic, Reo Hatate, and Liel Abada running into space in behind your backline?

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Attacking a team like Celtic is obviously the kind of approach opposition fans love to hear about, until they actually see it in practice. If Glass thinks his team is going to stop Celtic from having the lion’s share of the ball, he could be in for a surprise.

And he’ll be doubly shocked if he thinks that this game won’t be different to the match in October. Different players will be featuring whilst Celtic have developed substantially since then.

But hey ho, if Aberdeen want to take such a risky approach tomorrow night then they can be our guests.

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