Sunday, April 20, 2008

Celtic Clip Aberdeen

Scottish Premier League
Saturday, April 19, 2008

Celtic Park, Glasgow

(Samaras 56)


CELTIC (4-4-2)
Boruc; Hinkel (Caddis 46), Balde, McManus, Wilson; Nakamura, Robson, Donati, McGeady; McDonald (Killen 84), Samaras.
Subs: M Brown, McGowan, Sno, Pressley, Mizuno.

ABERDEEN (4-5-1) Langfield; Maybury, Diamond, Considine, Hart; De Visscher (Aluko 80), Severin, Nicholson, Duff, Young; Miller.
Subs: Soutar, Lovell, Maguire, Bus, Smith, Aluko, Walker.

Celtic rode their luck and a rollercoaster of emotion as a solitary Georgios Samaras goal deservedly sealed all three points in a nail-biting encounter with Aberdeen.

There were a few nervous moments towards the end of the match, and relief when Zander Diamond's late strike for the visitors was fortuitously ruled out by referee Iain Brines for an apparent hand ball by Barry Nicholson.

However, Celtic ultimately deserved the victory which maintains the winning run after Wednesday’s stunning derby win over Rangers and puts them back on top of the SPL.

Gordon Strachan was forced to make four changes to the team which started during midweek, with Bobo Balde, Mark Wilson, Massimo Donati and Georgios Samaras stepping in place of the suspended Gary Caldwell and the injured trio of Lee Naylor, Paul Hartley and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.


After beating Rangers at midweek, the Bhoys have a chance. They have to continue to win out to hold onto that chance. Here is hoping that they do!



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