The clash between Celtic and Aberdeen on Sunday was a pure mismatch, but James Forrest doesn’t think it was down to ganything the Dons did overly wrong.
The winger was one of four players in on the act in the 4-0 routing of the Granite City men. Goals from Odsonne Edouard, Jeremie Frimpong, and Mohamed Elyounoussi sandwiched Forrest’s tremendous third for the Hoops. It was as comfortable a win as Celtic have had in Aberdeen for a long time.
It was also our biggest winning margin at Pittodrie since Gordon Strachan’s Hoops won 5-1 there back in 2008. The result itself was heroic, but many have pointed to how poor Aberdeen were on the day.
For Forrest, however, that’s not what should’ve been the main thing on everyone’s mind. Speaking to the Daily Record, Jimmy believes all credit should go to Neil Lennon’s men.
“I don’t know if we made a statement on Sunday but it was important to get the win as we lost at Livingston off the back of our previous Europa league game against Cluj. So it was good to play well. It was a joy to play in and get the three points.
“It’s maybe unfair to criticise Aberdeen for their performance because we were all really at it. The games against them are always close but we were just really good and it was one of those days when everything came off.
“Look at my goal for example. I remember at the time it was a really good move and it all happened so quick at the end.”
Aberdeen were poor; Celtic were electric
It was a day where a dreadful Aberdeen display met an in-form Celtic. Taking that into account, the huge gap between the sides on the day wasn’t too surprising.
Aberdeen had been getting plenty of praise for their 3-0 turning over of Motherwell at Fir Park. That happened just one week previous to the Celtic mauling. There was some expectancy on them to give us a game. That’s likely what’s brought such anger from outside parties regarding their performance.
But the truth is nobody in Scotland could’ve lived with Celtic during those first 45 minutes at Pittodrie. Celtic were on it from kick-off. It wasn’t a case of Aberdeen lying down to us, and it certainly wasn’t a case of them giving up. The fact is Derek McInnes simply got his tactics wrong against us.
He didn’t replicate the high-tempo press that Hibernian and Livingston put on our defence. He doesn’t really have the players to do it either. Aberdeen seriously lack pace in the final third. There’s a reason they consistently look to soak up pressure and hit on the counter.
But Forrest is right. Considering how well Celtic played, it’s harsh to just open fire on Aberdeen and call them out.
That’s mainly for those people who don’t really want to give Celtic credit. And after that performance on Sunday, we certainly deserve plenty of it.