Celtic’s game against Aberdeen this afternoon will be the last time the sides meet this decade, as the 2010s comes to a close. There have been plenty of games between the teams in the decade, with Celtic coming out on top on most of the matches. With that in mind, we thought we’d look at three unforgettable Hoops victories over Aberdeen, which no doubt stick in the mind of the Hoops support for a variety of reasons.
1. CELTIC 9 ABERDEEN 0 (6th NOVEMBER 2010)
Talking about starting the decade off with a bang. This was a memorable day for the Hoops in a game played in horrendous weather conditions. Add three penalties and two red cards into the mix and you end up with Aberdeen’s record defeat. The Hoops helped themselves to a barrage of goals, with both Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper scoring hat-tricks, as Henrik Larsson watched on from the stands. Both Aberdeen’s Paul Hartley and Celtic’s Thomas Rogne were ordered off, but that didn’t stop from going for goals. Perhaps the only disappointment on the day was that Celtic didn’t score 10, as the game ended 9-0. Unsurprisingly, Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee lost his job not long after the game.
2. ABERDEEN O CELTIC 2 (25th FEBRUARY 2018)
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers went into this fixture under a bit of pressure, as it came on the back of a dismal Europa League exit to Zenit. However, a battling win helped the Hoops all but clinch seven in a row. The game was fairly even until a Moussa Dembele header gave Celtic the lead before half-time. The second-half was action-packed though. All the drama started when Mikael Lustig was sent-off for two yellow cards. As Aberdeen piled on the pressure, Celtic broke away from a corner, and Kieran Tierney smashed the second goal into the corner of the net. Sam Cosgrove was then sent-off for a horror challenge on Scott Brown, who strutted away from the incident. Final score, 2-0 to Celtic, and a nine-point lead at the top of the table.
3. ABERDEEN 0 CELTIC 3 (4th MAY 2019)
The most recent win on the list, and a significant one as Celtic clinched eight in a row. Interestingly, the Hoops started the game poorly. James Wilson missed a great chance to give the Dons the lead. Thankfully, the team settled down, and took the lead in an unexpected fashion. Mikael Lustig was left unmarked at the back post and swooped to head the ball into the net. The three points were secured early in the second-half as a towering Jozo Simunovic head made it 2-0 to the champions. Odsonne Edouard completed the scoring late on, as Neil Lennon won his first title in five years as Celtic manager. 3-0 to Celtic, and a great day for the club.