Evening Times



Was it a good game? It was highly entertaini­ng. Aberdeen, fresh from beating Rangers at Pittodrie, defended well in the first half until their resistance was broken with a Scott McDonald strike. After Jerel Ifil’s red card in the second half, the home team ran away with it. Georgios Samaras bagged a double. It was 3-0 going on 6-0 or 7-0. Celtic’s best player? There were several contenders. Landry N’Guemo did much of the donkey work, McDonald was always a threat and Aiden McGeady was, as ever, sensationa­l. But Samaras was everywhere. The bewildered visitors had no answer to his physicalit­y, sublime skill and lethal finishing. Aberdeen’s top player? Scotland squad-man Jamie Langfield had a fine game between the sticks. He prevented a heavy defeat becoming an rout with a series of excellent blocks. What about the ref? How Mike Tumilty missed Ifil’s assault on Samaras is anybody’s guess. However, having consulted linesman James Bee, he meted out the correct punishment and sent the Aberdeen full-back for an early bath. Who’s up next? Celtic will do well to extend their winning run when they take on Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park on Saturday.

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