Willie Miller pushes prospect of Aberdeen topping Celtic; but we'll never be that bad

By David Walton

December 9, 2020

Regular BBC Sportsound contributor Willie Miller has been pushing this idea that Aberdeen can topple Celtic this season.

Andy Considine was the first to bring it up before his side drew 1-1 with St Mirren on Saturday (Daily Record). That goal was then pushed by Joe Lewis, as the Aberdeen players seem to think they smell blood in the champions (Daily Record).

Celtic have only won two out of their last 12 games, with slip-up against the likes of Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibernian, Ross County, and St Johnstone occurring throughout that run.

And Miller has only added to the narrative as he insists Aberdeen have it in them to overcome Neil Lennon’s Hoops and leave us sitting third in our 10-in-a-row season.

Writing in his Evening Express column, Miller said: “Going out of the 2019-20 Scottish Cup and then the League Cup last month were blows for everyone connected to the club, but Aberdeen still have a great opportunity to make a statement in the Premiership by overhauling Celtic – who are in freefall just now.

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“The Hoops can definitely be caught and that has to be a target for Aberdeen, to challenge Celtic in the Premiership.

“In recent times Celtic have been the team that have stood in Aberdeen’s way so often and now, when the chance is there to turn the tables, the Dons have passed up some good chances recently against two of the bottom three and that’s frustrating.”

We’ll stop short of this idea

Yes we get that Miller is an Aberdeen legend and has to look at things from an optimistic view regarding his former club. However, I’ll personally stop short of going this far about Celtic’s current crisis.

Despite the fact we’ve only won one in five games, Aberdeen still sit three points behind us with Celtic still having a game in-hand. Celtic’s form has quite rightly been in the spotlight, but if you want to discuss the Dons then let’s take a look at their last seven results:

Aberdeen 3-3 Celtic. Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen. Aberdeen 2-0 Hibernian. Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen. Hamilton 1-1 Aberdeen. St Mirren 2-1 Aberdeen. St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen.

Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen are all over the place / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Where on earth is the evidence to suggest that Aberdeen can catch us anytime soon? We’re supposed to be in a crises yet they would still be six points behind us if we win our game in-hand. Where are Aberdeen going to be if we start picking up form? And we will at some stage.

They only have two clean sheets in nine games and have only scored more than one goal once in their last five domestic matches. They’re hardly in any sort of form to suggest they’ll overtake us.

It’s a conversation to have when Aberdeen go on a substantial winning-run and are perhaps ahead of us in the league, but please spare me this idea that they’re going to be anywhere near us come May. We’ll never be that bad.

In other news, Celtic have reportedly held contract talks, but the results have been frustrating.


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