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Celtic recorded their fifth SPFL win on the trot with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.
A wonderful first-half goal from David Turnbull proved decisive, as Neil Lennon’s team narrowed the gap between them and their rivals Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 15 points.
Although Celtic enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges, it was Aberdeen who had the first proper glimpse of the goal of the game. Dean Campbell stole Ryan Christie down the middle line and played Florian Kamberi. The forward took advantage of Stephen Welsh’s challenge, but shot Scott Bain directly into Celtic’s goal.
And just minutes later, the hosts took the lead, and with some flair. Turnbull picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and sent a low shot into the bottom corner.
After a slow start, Aberdeen grew in the game as the first half came to a close, Dean Campbell sent a mocking delivery asking to be pushed home through the six-yard area, before Florian Kamberi hit the post with a low shot from range.
Turnbull came close to scoring his second and Celtic’s after the restart, but saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Andrew Considine after a good job from Callum McGregor.
Aberdeen pressed for an equalizer but could only create half chances as Christie blocked Kamberi well after a neat free kick routine by the visitors. However, the Dons couldn’t find the net as they went blank for a sixth game on the trot and Celtic saw the victory.
The Bhoys are back in action Sunday night as they ride to the bottom of the Ross County table. Rivals Rangers could have extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership before the Hoops start, as they host Dundee United on Sunday afternoon.
Celtic and Aberdeen meet again at Celtic Park in 10 days.