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Celtic 2 Aberdeen 1

Know the score: Odsonne Edouard celebrates Celtic’s winner
Know the score: Odsonne Edouard celebrates Celtic’s winner

By Gavin McCafferty

Assistant manager John Kennedy was not overly concerned by the amount of missed chances in Celtic's 2-1 victory over Aberdeen.

The champions had 28 shots at goal but endured a nervy moment in stoppage-time when a free-kick handed 10-man Aberdeen the chance to have only their second effort of the game.

Lewis Ferguson shot over and Celtic secured their 10th consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership win to reclaim a five-point lead over Rangers.

The Hoops have scored two goals in each of their last four league games while dominating each and the scoreline failed to reflect their superiority.

Sam Cosgrove cancelled out Christopher Jullien's early opener from Aberdeen's only real chance and Celtic eventually made their possession count when Odsonne Edouard finished first-time in the 66th minute.

Kennedy said: "Everybody expects us to score five or six every game.

"We would love to do that, we really would. But the reality is you can't do that all the time. Sometimes you have to win 2-1.

"The most important thing is we are playing the way we are playing. We are creating these chances. We know one day it will click and we will score five or six but there are games we need to see out 2-0 or 2-1.

"If you are not creating chances then you have a problem. With the way we are performing and the chances we are creating, there is no issue with us.

"We would love to be more clinical and we will continue to reinforce that with the players.

"But there is an opposition you have to get by, when they are throwing their bodies on the line, producing blocks and saves, we need to respect that as well."

The pattern of play emerged early on and Jullien diverted Ryan Christie's corner against the bar before succeeding from the same source four minutes later. The Frenchman beat Ash Taylor to the delivery and volleyed a shot off the ground.

The champions largely pinned Aberdeen back as they went for a second.

Joe Lewis pushed away Edouard's drive after the striker turned Taylor on the edge of box and also made more routine saves from Scott Brown and James Forrest. Christie shot just wide and Edouard had a shot deflected wide from Boli Bolingoli's cutback.

Aberdeen had forced a couple of set-pieces in the final third but their equaliser came out of the blue. Niall McGinn hung up a cross to the back post and Cosgrove got above Kristoffer Ajer to head into the top corner from six yards.

Celtic sprang back into life and appealed strongly for a penalty when Edouard went down over the sliding legs of James Wilson, but the Aberdeen forward appeared to have touched the ball and referee Euan Anderson waved play on.

Johnston and Christie both had shots saved before Celtic opened the Dons up. Ajer stepped out of defence before Christie threaded the ball through for Edouard, who swiftly dispatched a shot inside the post.

Aberdeen's chances soon fell apart. Ajer had just made a risky but perfect sliding challenge on Jon Gallagher in his own box before keeping the ball in play. Cosgrove sprinted over and threw himself into a tackle, getting the ball but catching the Norwegian on the follow-through.

The challenge sparked an angry reaction and Anderson was soon on the scene to show a straight red card.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, who disputed Cosgrove's red card, said: "Last time we played Celtic we were so poor in the game and all aspects of it, especially in the first half. I think we can look people in the eye after this one.

"It was a competitive performance from my team, a decent performance."

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