A late winner from Jota at Pittodrie saw Celtic claim their first away win of the campaign and give Ange’s men a much-needed boost going into the international break.
Here’s three key takeaways from Sunday’s action.
The return of Kyogo to the starting lineup against Bayer Leverkusen in last week’s Europa League tie was a welcome one for Hoops fans, and the man from Japan was on the scoresheet in Aberdeen to give Celtic the lead. Pulling away from David Bates at the back post, he was able to meet an inch perfect cross from Turnbull to chest home from close range and bag his eighth goal of the season. While this was arguably his poorest game since joining the club, his knack of being in the right place at the right time got us off the mark and his willingness to defend from the front underlined his importance to the side. Fingers and toes will be crossed that he manages to come through the international break unscathed.
Away Day Blues Banished
Make no mistake, this was a huge result. Winless away from home since Valentines Day, Celtic looked odds on to drop points once again at Pittodrie as the clock ticked down but showed real character to grab a late goal and grind out a narrow win. In many ways, this was Celtic’s most impressive victory of the season, as it demonstrated our ability to pick up maximum points even when the performance isn’t up to scratch. Another stiff test awaits at Fir Park against high-flying Motherwell in a fortnight but with the monkey now off the back, Celtic should be confident of getting the job done and keeping the pressure on the league leaders.
Mixed Bag For Montgomery
One major positive this season has been the emergence of Adam Montgomery, but on Sunday the young left-back struggled. Defensively, he found it difficult to contain Hayes and was partially to blame for the Dons equaliser after being caught out trying to clear the ball off the line. Furthermore, he was sloppy in possession and didn’t offer much in the way of an attacking threat until his excellent assist for Jota’s winner in the closing stages. He has been highly impressive in the main since being introduced to the side and has plenty of potential, however Sunday’s performance highlighted that he is still very much a work in progress.