Jim Goodwin addresses the Celtic Park trip even his own supporters are dreading

By David Walton

June 19, 2022

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has been giving his reaction to the opening-day fixture at Celtic Park as he stated that it “doesn’t get much tougher” for his side.

The Dons have been given the thankless task of being Celtic’s opponents on flag day come July 31st. The game will mark the 4th time Ange Postecoglou has played Aberdeen having won all 3 encounters so far.

It’s certainly not an occasion the Pittodrie club’s supporters are excited about either, with plenty voicing their concerns about it already. And Goodwin has been giving his reaction on multiple platforms as he outlined the difficulty of the occasion in a Sky Sports interview:

The Aberdeen boss then said the following as quoted by the Press and Journal: “It doesn’t get much more difficult than an away trip to Parkhead to face the champions. But it is a great opportunity for us to go and prove ourselves.

“Celtic is a tough game but we are not going to go there and to be defeatist about it. We are going to go there hopefully in good form coming off the back of a good Premier Sports Cup campaign and feeling good about ourselves.

“That is the plan. Then we have a decent run of fixtures thereafter to really get our teeth stuck into.”

Jim Goodwin will have been itching to avoid Celtic Park flag day

We all know Celtic will have to play well to get a result. It’s never as straightforward as some like to make out when we play Aberdeen – even at Parkhead.

However, at the same time, this is the fixture Goodwin will have been itching to avoid. Why? Because he only has 2 wins in 11 since becoming manager of the Pittodrie club and needs to start off the season with a bang.

Granted, there’s nothing more impressive from their perspective than spoiling flag day. But that’s just romanticising the occasion. The reality of it is that Aberdeen are absolutely up against it and could be on the end of a real damaging result on day 1.

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Celtic have never just looked to grab 3 points after unfurling the flag – traditionally they like to do it in a bit of style. Our last flag day success came back in 2020 with a 5-1 mauling of Hamilton Academical. The Hoops will be looking to rack up the goals and that would’ve been the case irrespective of who we were playing.

Still, there’s a job there that needs to be done. Not until it has been can we boast about anything. Aberdeen will have a game-plan and try to stifle us in their own defensive third. It’s the same game-plan just about everyone has at Celtic Park.

Hopefully, we rack up the kind of performance we’ve become known for on this occasion.

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