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Aberdeen v Celtic (Sun Oct 25th 2020)

Aberdeen 3 (Ferguson 43 PEN, and 91 PEN, Hedges 65)

Celtic 3 (McGregor 52, Griffiths 76 and Christie 78 PEN)

Rogic had 2 assists on his first start of the season.

Aberdeen's first came from a through ball that McGregor and Frimpong couldn't stop and then Ntcham gave away a penalty. For their second Duffy made a mistake the Cosgrove was not closed down by Ajer, Bain pushed the ball out which hit Hedges in front of Laxalt. For the third Wright dribbled past Turnbull and Brown then passed through Frimpong, McGregor and Duffy to release Hedges who cut back to the unmarked McLellan and McGregor brought him down for another penalty.

Celtic had an NP xG of 1.26 while Aberdeen had an NP xG of 1.59 which was the highest of any Celtic opponents this year including Rangers and AC Milan.

Celtic had 14 shots with 7 being on target. Possession was 62% with 648 touches. Celtic had 5 corners and touches in the box were 25. Total Passes were 448 with a Passing accuracy of 80%. Celtic had 69 long balls which was 15% of their passes and the equal highest of the season.

Rogic received the best rating of Celtic players due to the stats and had 1 shot on target, 2 assists, 3 key passes, 76% passing accuracy from 57 passes, 1 successful dribble out of 1 attempted, 1 touch in the box and was fouled twice.

Celtic changed to a 4231 with Welsh dropping out after being in for the last 2 games. Brown dropped out for the 2nd league game (but playing against Rangers and AC Milan in between). Christie came in for the extra midfielder (wide right), Elyounoussi dropped back from up front to wide left and Rogic replaced Brown for his first start of the season. Ajeti replaced Klimala up front. Bain came in for Barkas after Barkas's 14th game in a row. Neil Lennon said that Barkas was injured.

Celtic lined up with;

- Bain

- Frimpong, Duffy, Ajer, Laxalt

- McGregor and Ntcham

- Christie, Rogic and Elyounoussi

- Ajeti

Brown came on to keep up his ever present record in every game and Griffiths came on for his 4th game in a row since his first start against St Johnstone. Turnbull also came on for his 5th league game in a row. Klimala was an unused sub after 10 consecutive appearances in league games.

Bitton, Elhamed, Edouard (all COVID related), Forrest, Jullien and Barkas were all unavailable.

Key notes from the game - Aberdeen had a higher NP xG than Celtic and Celtic played 69 long balls (15%) which was their joint highest of the season so far. After 9 matches as 352 Celtic changed to a 4231 formation.

We played with a lone striker (Ajeti No.10) for the first time in 10 matches but his average position was further behind our 3 attacking midfielders and our right back.

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