Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen: The Hoops win the Scottish League Cup
Christie, who had two spells on loan at the Pittodrie club prior to this season, scored at the stroke of half-time and it later proved to be the winner.
Aberdeen huffed and puffed in the second half as they pushed for an equaliser but in the end, it just wasn’t to be.
Celtic Player Ratings
Scott Bain – 7/10
Denied Andy Considine in the first half and saved by his own crossbar from Simunovic’s awful clearance. Also kept out a James Wilson effort in the second half.
Mikael Lustig – 6/10
Lustig was decent with his passing as he tends to keep things simple. Tested Lewis with a rasping long-range drive.
Dedryck Boyata – 8/10
Had a nasty clash of heads with Mackay-Steven but soldiered on to play out a wonderful pass which opened up Aberdeen for Celtic’s opener. Defended extremely well before making way for Simunovic.
Filip Benkovic – 8/10
Set the tone of the game with a thunderous challenge on Cosgrove. Benkovic was composed in possession and tested Lewis with a long-range shot.
Kieran Tierney – 6/10
Not his usual best as he looked a bit tired. However, Tierney kept things simple at the back.
James Forrest – 7/10
Controlled the tempo of the game with his passing abilities. Carried out his duties in a disciplined manner from the middle of the park.
Ryan Christie – 9/10
Timed his run to perfection for the opener which turned out to be the winner. Booked for a foul on Shinnie early in the second period.
James Forrest – 6/10
Picked up a booking for a challenge on Max Lowe. Dragged an effort wide in the first half. Wasn’t at his sublime best.
Tom Rogic – 7/10
Clipped the outside of the post with an effort from the edge of the box. Offered creativity in the final third before making way for Scott Brown.
Scott Sinclair – 5/10
Saw his penalty saved by Joe Lewis in the second half. Fluffed his lines when put through by McGregor.
Odsonne Edouard – 6/10
Did well to lure the Aberdeen defenders out of their positions on a number of occasions. Worked extremely hard but was wasteful.
Jozo Simunovic – 3/10
Replaced Boyata at the hour mark and almost made an impact, an attempted clearance which clipped his own crossbar.
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Scott Brown – 4/10
Replaced Rogic and added energy to the engine room.
Olivier Ntcham – N/A
Came on in the final minutes to shore up the midfield.