Joe Lewis' laughable claim regarding Aberdeen and Celtic

By David Walton

March 12, 2019

As usual when a team in Scotland inevitably gets a result against Celtic, the chests get puffed out. So step forward Joe Lewis.

The Aberdeen goalkeeper has been in the news over the last 24 hours talking about Aberdeen’s confidence levels. That’s all fair enough, but he went one better and stated that Aberdeen aren’t inferior to Celtic.

This comes after Aberdeen recorded a 0-0 draw at Parkhead in an impressive display. It was also the first time Celtic have been stopped at home by a Scottish side. It was a fine result for the Dons, who have now avoided defeat on three separate occasions in Glasgow this season.

Joe Lewis tends to impress against Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But, almost predictably, Lewis took it a step too far. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, the Dons number one had this to say.

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“In my first couple of seasons, certainly against Celtic, there was a block, if that was mentally or whether they were just too strong for us on each occasion.  It was about eight or nine games we lost on the bounce to them. But that has changed now.

“We have huge belief within the squad when we come down to Glasgow. We don’t consider ourselves to be inferior to the big two Glasgow teams.

“I don’t know what Rangers’ thoughts are about us, but we will carry ourselves with confidence and have that swagger when we get out at Ibrox which lets teams know they are in for a game.”

Where to start?

Lewis clearly has every right to defend his side and big up their record in Glasgow (despite the fact they haven’t beaten Celtic in three attempts there this season).

Lewis has lost in three separate cup finals to Celtic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But it’s important not to get too delusional. It surely doesn’t need reiterated that Aberdeen are vastly inferior to Celtic. They’ve only beaten the Hoops once in their last 15 attempts. Three of those losses were in cup finals. It’s hardly the stuff of an intense rivalry.

Celtic have bullied Aberdeen around the country over the last three years at least. To suggest that a “mental block” allowed Aberdeen to go on a nine-game losing run against Celtic is ridiculous to put forward.

The Dons fully merited their point on Saturday, and nobody can take that from them. But anyone with a half a brain will tell you that it only happened because Celtic were without three of their first-choice midfielders.

Good luck, of course, to Lewis and Aberdeen tonight at Ibrox. But we’re sure they won’t need it considering the “swagger” they express when they come to Glasgow.