Celtic v Aberdeen

Results

Scottish League Cup 2018-19

Hampden Park

Celtic
Aberdeen
1 - 0
Final Score
Ryan Christie - 1 (45')
Game Statistics
3 Yellow cards 4
0 Red cards 0
6 Corner Kick 3
0 Saves 0
7 Shots on Goal 2
17 Shots 7
0%
Pass Accuracy
41.2%
Shot Accuracy
OFF
0
F
14
SH
17
0%
Pass Accuracy
28.6%
Shot Accuracy
OFF
0
F
15
SH
7
Ball Possession
52%
48%
Game Timeline
KO
KO
49. James Forrest
24'
17. Ryan Christie
45'
27. Connor McLennan
45'
17. Ryan Christie
50'
18. Tom Rogic
59'
21. Dominic Ball
60'
5. Jozo Šimunović
61'
8. Scott Brown
64'
2. Shay Logan
68'
9. James Wilson
70'
16. Sam Cosgrove
78'
19. Lewis Ferguson
78'
25. Bruce Anderson
79'
21. Olivier Ntcham
86'
FT

Recap

Poor refereeing from Andrew Dallas and an injury to Gary Mackay-Steven late in the first half that looked at the time to be serious as Aberdeen fought from start to finish and threw everything at Celtic at the Scottish League Cup Final.

It was a tight first half, where Aberdeen went man-for-man on Celtic’s most influential midfielders and the Dons managed to all-but stifle their danger.

Dominic Ball, Graeme Shinnie and Lewis Ferguson were in faces of Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic, and out wide, Scott Sinclair wasn’t getting anything out of Shay Logan down the left and Max Lowe was all over James Forrest.

As the first half was coming to a close, Derek McInnes would have been pleased with the team performance, and it was at that point as the first half was nearly finished that after Logan swing in a cross which was met by Mackay-Steven who headed straight at Scott Bain, saw a clash of heads between him and Dedryck Boyata which halted play for six minutes.  Mackay-Steven came off worse of the two with significant concern about his wellbeing as he lay on the floor.

Eventually he was stretchered away and the final minutes of the first half ticked away, and in a cruel blow, in the injury time Boyata floated a ball over the top and into Aberdeen’s penalty area.

Christie managed to get away from Shinnie and into space left by our centre-halves.  The midfielder was one-on-one with Joe Lewis, with Joe blocking his first attempt, he managed to keep Logan at bay and put the rebound into the net.

Aberdeen weren’t helped by Andrew Dallas in the second half, when he adjudged Ball handled in the box – clearly he didn’t but the ref gave Celtic the decision and Scott Sinclair stepped up only for a magnificent save by Joe Lewis as he beat the ball away to his right.

We continue to fight, and we just needed a chance to level the score which ultimately didn’t come.

Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes told the club website:  “It was a strong performance. We allowed certain Celtic players to have possession of the football and nullified any real threat they had. They have been in very good form but I thought we limited them to very few chances if truth be told.

“I am pleased with the way we started. I am pleased with the intent of the team, snapping into tackles, I thought we broke into the wider areas well in the early stages and there was enough in the game to suggest we could get something from it.

“So I was pretty pleased with how things were going.

“When Gary gets injured it was a great chance. It is a great ball in from Shay with his left foot and Gary gets caught by Boyata and there was real concern as he was unconscious for a bit. Thankfully Gary was ok but maybe that lull in play affected our concentration.

“It should not have done.

“It was something we spoke about before the game and the gap for him to run into was too big. We were unfortunate though as Joe makes a great save and it could have gone anywhere, but the ball falls back to Christie and he manages to get in the net.

“It was a real sore one because it changed a lot of what we were going to say at half time, but I thought the appetite in the second half was every bit as good. I thought we gave ourselves a chance.

“They have better players and they have a bigger and better squad, but we showed today we can complete against good teams in the league and we were unfortunate with a few things fizzing about the box. But the goal does not come.

“There was a lot of effort and a lot of pride in the performance. I was pleased with the younger ones, Lewis Ferguson, Connor McLennan when he came on. These boys will be the heart beat of Aberdeen in the future.

“I am determined to come back here as a winner. I think the experience of losing today will build their character and give them the determination and desire to go again.

“So disappointed with a lot of things, some of the decisions, but a lot of pride in the performance and I think the supporters recognised the players efforts which is always important.”

 

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Details

Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
2nd December 2018 3:00 pm Scottish League Cup 2018-19 90' 50,936

Ground

Hampden Park
36 Somerville Dr, Glasgow G42 9BU, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossession
Celtic10152%
Aberdeen00048%

Celtic

1Craig Gordon Goalkeeper
5Jozo Šimunović 20 Defender
8Scott Brown 18 Midfielder
9Leigh Griffiths Forward
11Scott Sinclair Forward
12Cristian Gamboa Defender
15Jonny Hayes Midfielder
17Ryan Christie Midfielder 45'
50'
18Tom Rogic 8 Midfielder 59'
20Dedryck Boyata 5 Defender
21Olivier Ntcham 49 Midfielder
22Odsonne Édouard Forward
23Mikael Lustig Defender
29Scott Bain Goalkeeper
42Callum McGregor Midfielder
49James Forrest 21 Midfielder 24'
63Kieran Tierney Defender

Staff

Aberdeen

1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender 68'
3Graeme Shinnie Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender
5Scott McKenna Defender
8Stephen Gleeson Midfielder
9James Wilson 10 Forward
10Niall McGinn 9 Forward
11Gary Mackay-Steven 27 Midfielder
15Scott Wright Forward
16Sam Cosgrove 25 Forward 78'
17Stevie May Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder 78'
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Dominic Ball Defender 60'
25Bruce Anderson 16 Forward
27Connor McLennan 11 Forward
29Max Lowe Midfielder

Staff

Match Stats

Goals
1
0
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
3
4
Red Cards
0
0
DRB
0
0
CK
6
3
OFF
0
0
F
14
15
S
0
0
MIN
0
0
P%
0
0
KP
0
0
PS
0
0
PA
0
0
PKG
0
0
PKA
0
0
SH%
41.2
28.6
SOG
7
2
SH
17
7

Officials

Referee
Andrew Dallas

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SPFL Reserve League 2018-19

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Aberdeen
2 - 0
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Scottish Premiership 2017-18

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