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  • Commons shines as Celtic beat Aberdeen

    Commons shines as Celtic beat Aberdeen

    By: Martin Dalziel on 13 Sep, 2014 14:49

  • Scottish Premiership
    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Celtic 2
    (Denayer 6, Commons 46)

    Aberdeen 1
    (Goodwillie 60)

    CELTIC held off a spirited Aberdeen fightback to claim a well-deserved 2-1 victory at Paradise. An early goal from Jason Denayer followed by a clinical finish from Kris Commons at the beginning of the second-half was enough to see off Derek McInnes’ side whose goal came on the hour mark from David Goodwillie.

    Ronny Deila made four changes from the side that drew with Dundee in the last league match, with new signings Aleksandar Tonev and Stefan Scepovic making their debuts for the Hoops in place of Jo Inge Berget and Anthony Stokes.

    Efe Ambrose also replaced Adam Matthews at right-back and captain Scott Brown made a welcome return to the starting XI, replacing Beram Kayal.

    And it was the Nigerian defender who helped put the Hoops in front after just six minutes. Commons’ shot on the edge of the box was deflected out for a corner, and he took the set-piece himself, floating a ball into the Aberdeen area.

    Ambrose fired in a shot which hit off Denayer and ended up in the back of the net. It gave the Hoops the lead and from then on they dominated the first-half, with Scott Brown leading by example in the middle of the park.

    Izaguirre fired a ball into the Aberdeen box which found Commons but his header went just wide, with replays seeming to vindicate his claims that Andrew Considine had pushed him in the back to deny him the goalscoring opportunity.

    Last season’s Player of the Year then tested Jamie Langfield from distance and won another corner for the Bhoys but it came to nothing.

    Ronny Deila’s men dominated possession for the majority of the first half with Commons the main architect of the home side’s chances.

    Callum McGregor was next to benefit from that creativity after a clever back-heel pass from Commons down the right wing set the Scotland internationalist racing towards the Dons box. He headed for the byline but then jinked inside and shot, only to see his left-footed effort go just wide of the far post.

    Every time Aberdeen tried to push forward, Celtic threatened on the break. Tonev and Commons both went close again before half-time but the score stayed at 1-0 heading into the break.

    That changed within seconds of the restart after McGregor quickly broke down the Aberdeen right wing, cut inside and set up Commons in the box. He fired a shot towards goal which took a deflection off Shaleum Logan and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 to the Champions.

    Aberdeen's only response was a Peter Lawlett shot, which produced a good save from Craig Gordon in the Celtic goal, while at the other end, another Commons shot skimmed the top of Langfield's bar.

    On the hour mark, however, Aberdeen reduced the deficit. A cross to the back post found Considine rushing in. His header across the Celtic six-yard box was met by Goodwillie, who nodded past Gordon to make it 2-1.

    Ronny Deila made two changes in the aftermath of the goal. John Guidetti made his debut, replacing Stefan Scepovic, and Beram Kayal came on for Scott Brown.

    Aberdeen almost claimed an equaliser through Willo Flood after his shot from outside the box was punched away by Gordon but Goodwillie was flagged offside after the ball fell kindly to him free in the box.

    Nir Biton replaced Aleksandar Tonev which helped Celtic restore control of the midfield, and while both sides continued to go in search of a goal, there was to be no further scoring, with Ronny Deila's side pleased with another three points.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre; Brown (Kayal 60), Johansen; McGregor, Tonev (Bitton 70), Commons; Scepovic (Guidetti 60).
    Not used: Zaluska, Stokes, Wakaso, , O’Connell

    ABERDEEN (4-2-3-1) Langfield; Logan, Taylor, Reynolds, Considine (Rooney 76); Jack, Flood; Low (Monakana 62), Pawlett, McGinn; Goodwillie.
    Not used: Brown, Murray, Robson, Wright, Smith

    Website Man of the Match: Kris Commons

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