The real reason Celtic were so dominant against Aberdeen

By David Walton

October 30, 2019

The Celtic dominance over rivals Aberdeen is clearly getting to some, and not only Aberdonians.

The 4-0 rout at Pittodrie was highly-impressive from the Scottish champions. They controlled the match with ease, and struck early to make sure any confidence or belief from the Dons players quickly evaporated.

Yet did Celtic get the plaudits they deserved from some? Of course not. Instead we’ve had to listen to wild accusations of Aberdeen laying down to us.

Neil Lennon has won two out of two at Pittodrie since returning to Parkhead (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Thompson was the main culprit for this. He voiced to the nation on Sportscene on Sunday night that Aberdeen “just lay down to Celtic”. Granted, he did give Celtic credit for how they performed, but he was still quick to make the dangerous, insinuating comments.

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Aberdeen’s Craig Bryson was quick to slam the accusation, and quite rightly so (Daily Record). He questioned why Derek McInnes would tell his side to just let Celtic win. And that alone is enough of a defence to Thompson’s comments.

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Let’s not kid ourselves, this is an idea that mainly Rangers fans like to push. After all, it’s easier for them to think that Aberdeen lie down to Celtic as opposed to the truth that’s blatantly obvious.

And that’s the fact that Celtic just have an extremely higher-class of player than Aberdeen all over the pitch. Just look at the individual battles that took place on Sunday.

Celtic seriously improved their squad during the summer (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Christopher Jullien vs Sam Cosgrove was always going to be a no-brainer. If the Frenchman turned up, Cosgrove had no chance of getting joy off of him. Because whilst the Englishman’s goal return has vastly improved over the last 12 months, he doesn’t have the pace or strength to bully an on-form Jullien around.

The midfield consisted of Callum McGregor and Scott Brown against Greg Leigh and Zak Vyner. Really? Does that even need explaining as to why that might be a mismatch? Vyner and Leigh weren’t even signed as midfielders in the first place.

Odsonne Edouard vs Scott McKenna, meanwhile, is an individual battle that continues to be dominated by the Frenchman. Every single one-v-one on Sunday was always going to be a pure mismatch.

Derek McInnes can’t be blamed for Celtic’s dominance (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Celtic are streets ahead of an Aberdeen team who have regressed tenfold over the last couple of years. There’s no conspiracy theory here. Celtic are better than Aberdeen. Much better than Aberdeen. Beating them regularly and convincingly isn’t something that should be a surprise.

Just because Rangers, who aren’t as good as Celtic, struggle to do it consistently is hardly our fault. Not many were crying about lying down then the Ibrox side beat the Dons 5-0 a few weeks ago. It’s time for a few cry-babies across the city to stop their moaning and just admit that Celtic are several classes above Aberdeen. That is the only reason we’ve lost just one of the last 18 against them. Nothing else.