Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen
Georgios Samaras’ double helped
After Samaras opened his account six minutes after the break, Dons defender Jerel Ifil was sent off by referee Mike Tumilty, at the behest of his assistant James Bee, after appearing to kick out at the former Manchester City player as they clashed on the touchline.
That was a cue for a
The win sent the Parkhead side two points clear of Old Firm rivals
But on this form – three convincing home wins in eight days – Tony Mowbray’s side look to have the edge as the new year looms ahead.
Artur Boruc returned to the
But the Poland international was a virtual spectator in a one-side affair.
The first effort on goal, though, came in the 14th minutes from former Parkhead defender Charlie Mulgrew who edged towards the
That spurred the
The game ticked along until the 28th minute when McDonald fired his angled shot from 16 yards wide of the target after being set up by Aiden McGeady, seconds before lone Dons striker Lee Miller fired a speculative dipping volley from 30 yards which went a couple of yards past Boruc’s right-hand post.
In the 32nd minute Ifil came to
Six minutes later Langfield made another good save from McDonald but the opener was only seconds away.
In the 39th minute Andreas Hinkel picked up a Marc Crosas pass, burst in to the
The Dons promised a more positive approach at the start of the second half but they were put in their place in the 51st minute when Samaras doubled
A needless foul by
Four minutes later Samaras was involved in a controversial incident which saw
When the game restarted, Langfield had to back peddle to knock an effort from the former Manchester City striker over the bar.
As the Dons wobbled amid relentless pressure, Langfield had another save from McGeady’s low drive.
Marc-Antoine Fortune replaced McDonald but it was
It was one-way traffic and in the 75th minute Samaras raced on to a McGeady pass, held off Considine all too easily before flicking the ball past the helpless Langfield.
Parkhead midfielder Landry N’Guemo then crashed a shot off the post and Samaras fired of the target from the rebound before Niall McGinn, on for McGeady, hit the upright after Crosas had put him through.
When the game ended at 3-0 the overwhelming feeling was that Mark McGhee’s side had got off lightly.