Aberdeen were always going to be up against it when they faced Celtic on Sunday but nobody could’ve predicted how wrong the first half went for the Dons.
After an impressive 3-0 win away to Motherwell, confidence was high heading into the match against Celtic. The Dons were blown away with four first half goals in a 4-0 defeat.
Celtic were impressive but questions have been asked of Aberdeen from fans and pundits alike. Derek McInnes’ men were left exposed on the big stage.
It’s over now though and dwelling on it shouldn’t be an option.
Aberdeen disappointment is one to write off
Of course lessons will be learned from the game and changes will be made. McInnes has already alluded to the fact a midfield which consisted of two defenders will be changed (Aberdeen Twitter).
Motherwell were lucky to escape with a 3-0 scoreline a few weeks ago as Aberdeen completely dismantled them but on Sunday it was a different tale. If Celtic hadn’t taken their foot off the gas it could’ve been a few goals more than four.
That is what will likely frustrate Aberdeen fans. After such a good result the week previous they had to build on it to progress their third place challenge, but instead, they faltered.
Defeat at home to Celtic isn’t exactly a rarity these days either. The win on Sunday was the seventh game in a row the Hoops have won at Pittodrie.
After this match, Aberdeen are now faced with a test of character. This game was one to forget about, and with four of their next five matches against teams who finished outside the top six last year, a run has to be formed.
Despite criticism of McInnes and his players this season, the Dons are still in fifth. It’s not amazing, but at least they’re in the top half and pressing for third, which is more than what can be said for the likes of Hearts and Hibs.
Sunday was a mishap for Aberdeen but it’s important that it’s now left in the past as they strive for the European places they currently sit two points outside of.