David Turnbull’s long-range strike proved sufficient for Celtic to say their fifth victory in a row as Aberdeen went a sixth match with out scoring.
The midfielder struck from practically 30 yards within the 14th minute to earn the Hoops a 1-0 victory of their last recreation in hand on Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers, who are actually 15 factors clear with 9 video games remaining.
The Dons had a penalty declare rejected and hit the publish via Florian Kamberi within the first half, earlier than having fun with their share of the few possibilities on supply within the second interval.
Derek McInnes’ aspect have now received simply as soon as in 10 matches and stay 4 factors behind Hibernian within the race for third, having performed a recreation extra.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon made three adjustments with the fit-again Stephen Welsh changing Shane Duffy in the midst of the again 4 and producing a stable show. Ismaila Soro got here in for Scott Brown and Albian Ajeti was up entrance alongside Odsonne Edouard after taking Tom Rogic’s place, though the Switzerland worldwide made little impression.
Ash Taylor was again within the Aberdeen defence with Niall McGinn making method and Ross McCrorie transferring right into a midfield trio.
Celtic had the majority of the early possession and Greg Taylor and Turnbull had been near organising team-mates earlier than Aberdeen threatened on the break. Kamberi shot weakly at Scott Bain after operating from his personal half with males in help.
The breakthrough got here after Callum McGregor was allowed to drive ahead unchallenged and go to Turnbull in area 30 yards out. There had been a number of pink shirts forward of him however the former Motherwell midfielder picked his spot within the backside nook and drove house for his seventh aim in 16 matches.
Aberdeen loved a great spell after the half-hour mark. The Dons had a handball enchantment dismissed by referee Alan Muir after Kamberi drove the ball towards Welsh, whose arm was by his aspect, contained in the field.
Fraser Hornby couldn’t join with Dean Campbell’s cutback within the six-yard field earlier than Kamberi hit a snap-shot off the publish from 25 yards.
Celtic rediscovered their menace simply earlier than the break as Turnbull and Edouard linked up twice. The latter had a good effort pushed away by Joe Lewis earlier than Turnbull’s shot was deflected broad following a one-two.
The second half was finely balanced with the Dons going in the hunt for an equaliser once they had possession. Kamberi despatched a free header broad from 16 yards early on and Hornby hit a strike straight at Bain as he ran alongside the sting of the field.
Turnbull had a great likelihood in between when McGregor set him up, however the Scotland Under-21 worldwide didn’t pay money for his shot and it was blocked.
Ryan Christie got here shut with a deft lob earlier than organising substitute Patryk Klimala within the 89th minute however Lewis got here off his line to dam.
Aberdeen exerted some last-ditch stress and McCrorie noticed a shot blocked within the goalmouth.
Celtic journey to Ross County within the Scottish Premiership on Sunday at 7.30pm – dwell on Sky Sports Football – whereas Aberdeen host Kilmarnock on Saturday at 3pm.