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Tierney (13') Dembele (38', 63')

Pittodrie Stadium
Wednesday 25th October 2017
SPFL Premiership
Round 10
THE Northern lights of old Aberdeen are still well and truly on the blink following tonight's entertainment at Pittodrie, as Brendan Rodgers' Celtic once again came up trumps in a big test, to move 3 points clear of their nearest rivals for the first time this season. A blistering strike from Kieran Tierney was followed by a deadly Dembele double, as the Frenchman continues his return to form after a lengthy lay-off. The win sees the Hoops consolidate their lead at the summit of the league, while further adding to their lengthy, unbeaten domestic run, which now stands at a staggering 61 games.

In the run up to this evening's game, all the talk was of a tight, closely contested affair being in store, with nothing to separate the two sides at the top of the table prior to the 19:45 kick off. Aberdeen had been on an 11-game unbeaten streak prior to tonight, and if ever Celtic's run was to end, many would have looked at this game on the fixture list and highlighted it as the perfect moment. However, in truth, after the 90 minutes have been and gone, Derek McInnes' Aberdeen side can walk away from the stadium knowing they have been taught a footballing lesson by a far superior Celtic team in front of a packed Pittodrie crowd.

The Dons have only a 5 minute spell at the beginning of the match to look back on as highlights, as after that short period, Rodgers and his invincible's firmly exerted their control on the game. After murmours of fatigue being shown during the weekends game against Hibs at Hampden, there was anything but on show tonight. The Celts' passing was crisp, their movement fluid,...
Celtic fans officially voted Best Fans in the World

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At an awards ceremony in London, tonight, Celtic fans were awarded the Fifa fan award, officially crowning the Celtic support as the best fans in the world.


We already knew this, of course. The 50th anniversary display, for the Lisbon Lions is the event that managed to clinch the award for the Hoops faithful.

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From St.Mary's church in 1887, until the present day and everything in between, 129 years of unbroken history has always been backed by unwavering support. The phrase 'More Than A Club' has become a football cliche, but it's simply the only adequate explanation when discussing Celtic.


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MATCH PREVIEW
BAYERN MUNICH v CELTIC
18/10/17, 19:45, Allianz Arena


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Celtic travel to Germany this week for matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League as they take on 5 time winners Bayern Munich.

The German champions have enjoyed a period of dominance in the German Bundesliga stretching back over the last few years, but have endured an indifferent start to their domestic season this time round; a start which cost the Italian Carlo Ancellotti his job as head coach of the German powerhouses.

Despite the recent arrival of fan favourite at Bayern, Jupp Heynckes, Celtic will feel that now is as good a time as any to face a side that has cemented itself as being recognised as one of the best in the world over the last few seasons.

Hoop fans can take solace in the fact that despite their crushing opening defeat to PSG on Matchday one of the tournament in Glasgow, the French side were able to dismantle Bayern in similar fashion, winning the game in Paris 3-0.

After the impressive 0-3 victory in Brussels, the Bhoys placed one foot firmly in European football beyond Christmas, so any sort of result in the two games against the German giants and the remaining fixture against PSG in Paris can be seen as an added bonus to what has already been a decent European campaign for the Scottish treble winners.

Injuries

Brendan Rodgers without influential skipper Scott Brown for the weekends victory over Dundee at Celtic Park, along with Jozo Simunovic and Stuart Armstrong, however all three are expected to be fit to take part in Germany. Bayern aren’t without their own issues, with the recent news that Javier Martinez is unlikely to take part mounting to their injury list which notably includes stalwarts such as Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery. Arturo Vidal, Bayern's combative Chilean midfielder is also a serious doubt...


Hurdles for the Hoops

Celtic looking strong after tough run of games


A win at Ibrox, followed by an emphatic victory in Belgium, then rounded off with a 2-2 draw at home saw Celtic complete a run of three potentially tough matches in this early stage of the season.


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The first major Glasgow derby of the season saw Brendan Rodgers take his side to Ibrox on 23rd September, with second half goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths being enough to ensure victory. Enjoying the majority of possession and chances created, Celtic looked like a team destined to win this derby. Despite going in goalless at half time, the first half saw a number of chances for the Hoops. Despite probing the Rangers defence several times, no man in green and white was able to find the net.


However, in the 49th minute, a cleared Celtic corner fell to Patrick Roberts, who saw his effort on goal bounce through the defence, falling to Rogic, who quickly snatched at the chance and dispatched the ball into the roof of the net, sending the Celtic fans wild. The home side's best chance of equalising came on the hour mark, when an Alfredo Morelos header was blocked by a fantastic reaction save from Craig...


The Celtic support has been nominated for a FIFA award, largely helped by the displays and emphatic support of the Green Brigade. Click on the link below to vote:

http://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/fan-award/