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2007-11-24: Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen, Premier League
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- First game in 3 weeks following the international games.
- Naka out injured on crutches.
- Skippy continues to score!!!
ReviewConvincing and strong win for the Celts, with goals by 3 different players. Good timing taking in it comes just before the vital Champs lge game v Spartak on Wednesday.
Mark Brown, Caldwell, Kennedy, McManus, Naylor, Scott Brown, Donati (Sno 82), Jarosik, McGeady, McDonald (Zurawski 78), Vennegoor of Hesselink (Killen 78).
Subs Not Used:- McGovern, Caddis, Riordan, O'Dea.
Goals:- Vennegoor of Hesselink 14, McGeady 27, McDonald 49.
Langfield, Hart, Diamond, Aluko, Byrne, Jamie Smith (De Visscher 73), Severin, Nicholson, Mair, Clark (Maguire 46), Miller (Lovell 76).
Subs Not Used:- Soutar, Foster, Touzani, Considine.
Ref: M McCurry
Australia striker on target for Celtic
Scottish Premier League
SOCCEROOS striker Scott McDonald scored his 14th goal of the season as Celtic eased to a 3-0 win against Aberdeen to remain top of the table yesterday.
Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink flicked home the opener on 14 minutes after latching on to a header from Czech midfielder Jiri Jarosik.
Celtic then took a 2-0 lead before the half-hour mark, when midfielder Aiden McGeady launched a fierce, left-footed drive beyond keeper Jamie Langfield.
McDonald added the third in 49 minutes, his 11th goal in the Scottish league and 14th in all competitions this season.
However, the Parkhead club's domestic bliss will be tempered by the injury to keeper Artur Boruc in the warm-up, the Pole in doubt for the key Champions League match at home against Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday morning (AEDT).
Scottish international Paul Hartley could also be in doubt after missing the Dons game through illness, but Celtic boss Gordon Strachan hopes both can recover in time.
``Artur thought he was OK, but he has a problem with his toe and had to pull out at the last minute. Paul is ill and I sent him home before the game. Hopefully after another few days rest they'll be OK,'' Strachan said.
Celtic has 31 points from 13 games and has yet to concede a home goal in the league this season.
Rangers won 3-1 at Falkirk in wet, windy conditions, thanks to goals from Spanish defender Carlos Cueller, French striker Jean-Claude Darcheville and forward Kris Boyd, and remain second on 29 points.
``We should have been comfortable (winners), but we managed a third near the end,'' Rangers manager Walter Smith said.
``Certainly, in the second half of the game, Falkirk were the better side.''
Hibernian drew 2-2 at home with Dundee United who had Sean Dillon sent off.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat St Mirren 1-0, with Don Cowie firing the first-half winner with a neat volley, and Kilmarnock lost 1-0 at home to Motherwell. Hearts play Gretna overnight in the remaining fixture.
Celtic 3-0 AberdeenBBC
By Clive Lindsay
Celtic eased to victory over the dismal Dons to retain their three-point lead in the Scottish Premier League.
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink headed home after Aberdeen failed to clear a Scott Brown corner after 12 minutes.
Aiden McGeady fired in the second from 20 yards after 26 minutes and the lead increased early in the second half.
Scott McDonald eased home the third after Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield allowed the ball to slip from his grasp after blocking the striker's cross.
Celtic had lost Artur Boruc in the build-up, the Polish goalkeeper, who had been listed on the team sheet, being replaced with Mark Brown before kick-off.
Paul Hartley was also missing through illness along with the injured Shunsuke Nakamura.
Jamie Smith and Chris Clark returned from injury for Aberdeen, while Richie Byrne and Sone Aluko were recalled.
Jeffrey de Visscher, Chris Maguire, Richard Foster dropped to the bench, while Derek Young was out injured.
Manager Jimmy Calderwood was looking for an improvement after the Dons' 4-1 defeat by Hearts, but the Dons were immediately under pressure.
Jamie Langfield had to deal with long-range drives from Massimo Donati and McGeady by the time the Dutchman broke the deadlock.
Vennegoor of Hesselink flicked the ball past Langfield after Scott Severin had skied his attempted clearance and Donati headed back into the six-yard box.
McDonald and Brown forced parried stops from Langfield as Celtic looked to extend their lead.
A 25-yard drive from Jarosik struck the crossbar, but Celtic got the second goal after 26 minutes.
McGeady stepped inside Byrne and, just when it looked like he would look to lay it off, the midfielder drove the ball low in-off the near post.
When Aberdeen finally threatened, Lee Miller volleyed the ball wide from the edge of the box following a clever ball from Jamie Smith.
Smith came close himself when his cross from a free-kick flicked off the head of Celtic defender John Kennedy before evading goalkeeper Brown and the far post.
It got worse for the Dons four minutes into the second half, when Langfield smothered McDonald's attempt at a cross but let the ball slip from his grasp for the Australian striker to fire into the empty net.
Miller finished superbly after collecting an Aluko cross but was ruled offside and Gary Caldwell cleared off the second line.
But Celtic remained the more dangerous, with Langfield saving from Lee Naylor and Jiri Jarosik squandering a good chance from 10 yards.
Celtic: Mark Brown, Caldwell, Kennedy, McManus, Naylor, Scott Brown, Donati (Sno 82), Jarosik, McGeady, McDonald (Zurawski 78), Vennegoor of Hesselink (Killen 78).
Subs Not Used: McGovern, Caddis, Riordan, O'Dea.
Goals: Vennegoor of Hesselink 14, McGeady 27, McDonald 49.
Aberdeen: Langfield, Hart, Diamond, Aluko, Byrne, Jamie Smith (De Visscher 73), Severin, Nicholson, Mair, Clark (Maguire 46), Miller (Lovell 76).
Subs Not Used: Soutar, Foster, Touzani, Considine.
Ref: M McCurry
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