Premiership manager last night became the first to label Celtic the "best team in the country"

By David Walton

February 10, 2022

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has become the first Premiership boss to label Celtic the “best team in the country” after watching his side go down to the Hoops last night.

A brace from Jota and a first Celtic goal from Matt O’Riley was enough to see off the Dons in a rollercoaster game in the Granite City.

The result keeps Celtic 1 point ahead of Rangers at the top of the Premiership. It comes after what’s been months of playing catch-up with our rivals in a tense title-race.

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However, as Glass talked up how well his side responded to going 2-0 down last night, he slipped in that he believes Celtic are the best team in Scotland and that lesser teams would’ve been hammered.

Speaking via Aberdeen’s Twitter account, Glass said: “We’re sitting in there at half-time playing against what is the best team in the country who are 2-0 up. I think lesser teams maybe get pummeled in the second half.

“But the players showed a real response. Really disappointed to give the [winning] goal away so quick, regardless of how it comes about, after getting the game to 2-2. But the boys kept pushing until the end and I’m proud of the effort of the players.”

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These are the kinds of verdicts we want to hear when other managers and players are referencing the Hoops. Would Glass have said the same about Celtic back in October, for example? Absolutely not, and he would’ve been right not to.

It shows the level of improvement from Ange Postecoglou’s men. That we now have genuine figures in the game who believe we’re the cream of the crop in Scottish football.

You can’t say Glass is telling a lie either. We’re top of the pile in Scotland and have won our first 7 games of 2022. It’s a fantastic return, with 10 goals scored in our last 3 games alone. It’s absolutely frightening form for the rest of the Premiership.

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Sure, many will say that our vulnerabilities were shown last night. That our inability to deal with 2 set-pieces is a sign that frailties remain. Of course they do – we aren’t the perfect team and we’re going to have nights where it gets a lot trickier than planned.

That’s just the nature of the beast. The nature of a title-race. Manchester City still have matches down south where they’re struggling to get the better of the opposition. We have no right to be any different. It’s how you respond to those setback that determines whether you’re title material or not.

And it’s fair to say the signs coming from this Celtic team are all positive.

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