We won’t be forgetting the first 15 minutes of this game in a flash will we.
With their Scottish FA Cup final meeting just 15 days away, Celtic were looking to make a statement at Pittodrie by laying waste to Aberdeen and continuing their unbeaten domestic run.
Celtic wasted no time as they took the lead inside three minutes when Dedryck Boyata headed home from a Leigh Griffiths corner. It was 2-0 just minutes later when Callum McGregor’s shot was parried into the path of Stuart Armstrong who placed the ball into the roof of the net.
The game looked beyond doubt with just 10 minutes on the clock when Griffiths’ 25-yard strike was too hot to handle for Joe Lewis in the Dons’ net, but an equally impressive hit from Jonny Hayes less than two minutes later gave the hosts hope.
The open, end-to-end game was well-contested for the most part but both defences were considerably tighter and more organised after the opening quarter of an hour.
Celtic break the 100 points barrier in style and maintain their terrific domestic unbeaten run this season and will be confident heading into their cup final clash with Aberdeen in two weeks time.
How did the Bhoys play tonight? Here are our player ratings.
Craig Gordon: 6
Made a couple questionable saves and parries from crosses, and arguably should’ve had a penalty awarded against him, but made up for it with a handful of good saves.
Mikael Lustig: 7
Lustig was a prominent force down the right-hand side of the pitch and was resolute in defence when called upon.
Jozo Simunovic: 6
Responsible for a couple of hair-raising moments in defence but held up against Stockley well for the most part.
Dedryck Boyata: 7
Great movement to get on the end of Griffiths corner for the opener and was unlucky not to net himself a second.
Kieran Tierney: 6
Sound in defence, made a couple of decent runs into the final third but Celtic were prioritising attacking down their right.
Callum McGregor: 7
Kept the tempo up in midfield and had a great effort on goal which led to Celtic’s second on the night.
Stuart Armstrong: 7
Great composure when placing Celtic’s second goal, dictated play when he got on the ball. Solid performance.
Tom Rogic: 6
Had a couple of nice touches and moments, notably when he weaved inside and saw his driven shot saved, but a relatively quiet night.
Scott Sinclair: 5
Was really on the periphery of the game and didn’t have a great impact in the final third.
Patrick Roberts: 7
The majority of Celtic’s attacks came down the right with Roberts who, if not denied by a couple of great challenges and saves, could’ve gotten on the scoresheet.
Leigh Griffiths: 7
Wonderful strike to net Celtic’s third, led the line excellently and his runs in behind were always dangerous.
Nir Bitton: 6
Anchored the midfield well when he came on to really solidify the side when Aberdeen were gaining momentum.
James Forrest: 6
Gave Celtic some extra pace and width when the Aberdeen legs were tiring.
Erik Sviachenko: 6
Kept Rooney quiet when Celtic switched to a back three.