Stephen Glass was “proud” of Celtic players despite a goal by Leigh Griffiths, who extended Celtic’s unbeaten run at the Pittodrie against Aberdeen in 11 matches. He also denied his team’s victory, which would have ensured European football next season and meant that they would be six points behind the third Hibernian. Lewis Ferguson’s tight end seemed to win him over as Griffith’s header.
“I asked them to put me on a show and I think they gave it,” Stephen Glass said about Celtic players. “My greatest feeling is pride. Most of the game was defensive – we were very well prepared and organized, they were determined to stick to their tasks and they should probably score a few more goals. “
Celtic were scattered in front of goal and have now gone four games without a win, but they are extending their impressive record of being in 38 games at Pittodrie since 2001. Hibs’ 2–1 victory over Livingston in the first fifth of the day meant Aberdeen had a chance to secure a spot in the New Europa Conference League with a win. It will have to wait, but it will certainly follow if they continue the form being undefeated in four forms.
Glass began winning as manager, while his new charges ended Livingston on penalties following a 2–2 draw in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, and continued with the same attacking line-up. He did a good job in the opening round against a Celtic team, whose captain Scott Brown would join the Glass team as a player-coach in the summer.
A header from Ferguson saved a fine first by Scott Bain until Niall McGinn’s cross was headed by Andrew Considine and the midfielder homered. Another header and a shot from Ferguson, both blocked by Bain, closed with a poor finish from Edouard, while McGinn wasted too.
Ferguson was a hero at the other end, directing an attempt by Ryan Christie to step off the line, but it was a signal to Celtic to put pressure after the restart. David Turnbull struggled against the crossbar, while Ferguson was as reckless as he got outside a post.
Former Celtic defender Hayes broke through the middle of his own half, but only to beat Bain, he ran out of steam and fell into the pile at the edge of the penalty box under pressure from Callum McGregor.
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