Last night’s performance was magnificent.
After a week of travel, a humbling defeat in Munich, and an intense encounter in the League Cup semi final, facing Aberdeen at Pittodrie could have been a daunting prospect.
The second best team in Scotland have been in terrific form this season, going to to toe with Celtic; before last night being separated only by goal difference.
On Saturday there were signs that some players needed a rest. Leigh Griffiths, Scott Sinclair & Paddy Roberts began to look particularly jaded.
Last night Brendan Rodgers, once again, got every call perfect, replacing the aforementioned attacking trio with James Forrest, Moussa Dembele & Tom Rogic, with McGregor moving slightly wider left than versus Hibs.
The movement, one touch passing, pressing, and most importantly confidence with which Celtic played was electric. Celtic had a swagger about them last night and from the opening stages the only question was how many would we win by?
If anyone with an interest in football doesn’t know who Kieran Tierney is by now they must be living under a rock. Whilst the team performance was fantastic; Tierney, Dembele & Rogic, in particular, were phenomenal. KT’s finish and inch perfect cross for Dembele’s first were exceptional. The young bhoy is living every supporters dream, and his celebration epitomises just what it means to him to pull on the Celtic jersey.
A special mention also to the much maligned Nir Bitton. Bitton strolled through the match, reading any rare Aberdeen foray forward and dictating possession from the back. I’m often very critical of Bitton and it was a joy to watch him produce such a calm and composed display last night.
61 domestic games unbeaten, top of the league, a League Cup final coming up, and currently sitting 3rd place in the Champions League behind 2 of football’s elite powerhouses.
This is how it feels to be Celtic, and just like Kieran Tierney, I’m loving every minute of it.