Celtic's best result of the weekend wasn't even their own

By David Walton

October 1, 2018

Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen was priceless to see after a tough period, but it wasn’t even Celtic’s best result of the weekend.

The Hoops saw off the Dons with change to spare at Celtic Park. It was a match that Brendan Rodgers’ side should’ve put to bed earlier than they did. Aberdeen could also point to a big Gary Mackay-Steven chance in the first half, but Celtic were always in control.

It was a big win in a tough period for the club. Rodgers’ men still aren’t the free-scoring side they once were, but it’s results that are most important these days.

Scott Sinclair was back on the scoresheet in a big win against Aberdeen (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That’s why Rangers’ 1-0 defeat at Livingston was probably our best result of the weekend.

We can kiud ourselves on all we like, Rangers looked a real threat and could still be. They were swatting domestic teams aside with ease in recent weeks at Ibrox. Dundee and St Johnstone were both given pastings, whilst Celtic struggled to break down St Mirren and Kilmarnock.

Stark contrast

Overall, the performances were in stark contrast to each other as Rangers looked highly impressive. This weekend, however, could prove to be a huge turning point for both clubs.

Rangers’ defeat to Livingston only enhances our confidence once more, whilst putting some roadblocks in their way. It was important that Celtic supporters were reminded that other sides in the division could beat their rivals.

As it stands, Hearts are the side who are dominating the league so far with six wins out of seven matches. They top the table and deserve the utmost respect. But, if we’re all being honest with ourselves, Rangers should be Celtic’s main challengers come the end of the season.

Dolly Menga’s goal against Rangers was a huge one for Celtic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Seeing them lose so comfortably at the Toni Macaroni Arena was a glorious sight for Celtic supporters. It’s the kind of result that can affect both sides in differing ways.

There was an air of belief that shot through Parkhead as Scott Sinclair netted the winner against Aberdeen. A confidence and euphoria not eperienced in quite some time returned once more. It felt nearly as big as the win over Rangers did last month.

That victory was only increased in importance thanks to Rangers’ defeat yesterday. It’s not a stretch to say that Livi’s win was more important than ours on Saturday because of what it symbolised.