Aberdeen move to within a point of Celtic after win

A refreshing change to the usual dominance by Celtic in the Scottish Premier League this season has been largely down to the form of Aberdeen. After securing a crucial away victory at Partick Thistle on Tuesday evening thanks to two late goals, manager Derek McInnes’ side now find themselves just a point behind the might of Celtic. While Pittodrie is now seen as a place of positivity given their recent run, Celtic Park is quite the opposite, with teams certainly not fearing a trip to Glasgow at this time.

Despite going behind in the second half, as Thistle took the lead on the hour mark, Aberdeen showed character in abundance, and soon found themselves level thanks to an Andrew Considine header. The teams were not level for long however, and just a minute later, loanee Simon Church popped up to give The Dons their fifth win in seven league games. Despite having played a game more than Celtic, the Aberdeen faithful will be delighted to silence doubters who believed their side would have fallen away by this stage.

Celtic travel to Partick Thistle this weekend with both sides desperate to pick up maximum points, with connotations at separate ends of the table. Aberdeen face a home tie against a struggling Kilmarnock outfit, and will be hoping that they can finish the weekend at the top of the table once again. With it all still to play for, Coral post football bet of the day features for those of you who like a football bet, and currently offer Celtic 1/20 firm favourites, with Aberdeen seen as outsiders with odds of 9/1.

With Scottish football on a real high due to this renewed competitiveness in the league, as well as the upcoming Cup Semi-Final between arch rivals Rangers and Celtic next month, many will be hoping that more surprises occur from now until the end of the season. Scottish football’s two most successful teams have not been closer than they are now since 2012, and many feel that the tie will certainly be a lot more competitive than their last meeting in 2015, where Celtic ran out comfortable 2-0 victors. Celtic manager Ronnie Delia is already under pressure from supporters as it is, and a defeat to rivals Rangers next month could well push him over the edge. One thing for certain however is that Scottish football is certainly much the richer for the return of such a fixture.

S Douglas

Football writer amongst other things.