Tuesday, February 01, 2011

SPL Tonight: Celtic v Aberdeen Part 7984

Hope everyone is recovering from the disgustingly addictive drug that is transfer deadline day.

I'm just about over the disappointment that neither Chelsea or Liverpool thought I was worth a punt. The agent is being sacked today.

Taking slightly longer to recover from the news that Hibs have signed a striker. Although looking at Akpo Sodje's goalscoring record I fear his impact might not be immediate.

Aberdeen v Celtic

Games between these two clubs seem to be repeating on Scottish football like a five course banquet consisting of raw, roasted and boiled garlic.

This might please Neil Lennon more than Craig Brown and Aberdeen's fans.

Celtic have a cumulative advantage of 14 goals to one against the Dons so far this season. That's not great from a Pittodrie perspective.

Certainly I wasn't expecting Saturday's semi final to turn out the way it did. We might have predicted Celtic would start strongly given their performance against Hearts. But for a rejuvenated Aberdeen to capitulate so badly, to lose four goals in the first 35 minutes was a disappointment.

If Craig Brown likes to suggest that he has a "good cop, bad cop" routine going with Archie Know. That has probably seen a subtle shift towards "bad cop, total bastard of a cop" in the last couple of days.

To that end I'm expecting a very different game tonight. I still predict an away win. But I'll dust off the preview I posted on Saturday and say that a tighter, better organised and well chastised Aberdeen will make life tough.

St Johnstone v Hamilton

Goals, goals, goals. An essentially simple game, football, as far as I can ascertain, still hinges on the ability to score goals.

That goes some way to explaining the horrendous thought that Liverpool and Chelsea combined to spend over £100 million on three strikers as we approached the transfer witching hour yesterday.

Such grotesque spending is beyond the wildest dreams of our plucky little Scottish clubs.

But it remains a concern that a number of SPL teams are consistently struggling to ripple the onion bag this season.

Into this category, led fearlessly by the scarily impotent Hibs, fall both St Johnstone and Hamilton.

So it is hardly going against the grain to suggest that this might not be the most high scoring game you've ever been thrilled by.

St Johnstone seemed to struggle against Hearts at the weekend while Hamilton got a late goal and a very precious point against Kilmarnock.

A game between two organised, determined sides. A game that, I'm afraid, could produce a stalemate. Draw. A 0-0 draw.

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