Football: Comeback takes Celtic joint top

Celtic 3 Aberdeen 1

A solid, uncomplicated performance was enough to take Celtic level with Rangers and Hearts at the top of the Premier Division. To be in contention at this stage remains the aim for Celtic as they look to end Rangers' stranglehold of the title, and once again they showed character in coming from behind to win.

Aberdeen played better than they have done against Celtic for some time and for a while they looked capable of causing an upset with Eoin Jess driving forward from the midfield. David Rowson scored with a deflected shot in the eighth minute by which time alarm bells were ringing in the Celtic defence.

It took the promptings of Craig Burley and Morten Wieghorst to turn the game, although Celtic could point to an Alan Stubbs header and a Jackie McNamara shot both striking the woodwork.

Wieghorst equalised in the 21st minute, winning a tackle against Derek Whyte and sending a low drive past Jim Leighton from 18 yards. Ten minutes from the break Celtic took the lead. A Stubbs free-kick was headed on by Marc Rieper for Henrik Larsson to score with a another header.

Celtic might have increased their lead but found Leighton in superb form. The Scotland goalkeeper saved well from Burley, then denied Burley again a minute later and followed up to push a Harald Brattbakk shot over the bar.

Wieghorst missed another opportunity in the 71st minute when he shot over, but substitute Darren Jackson secured the points seven minutes from time.

Twice Leighton failed to clear his lines, allowing Jackson the chance to hook the ball into the net from close range. The win sets Celtic up for a vital match with Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.

Celtic (3-5-2): Gould; Rieper, Stubbs, Annoni; McNamara, Lambert, Burley, Wieghorst, Mahe; Larsson (Donnelly, 65), Brattbakk (Jackson, 60). Substitute not used: Hannah.

Aberdeen (4 4 2): Leighton; Smith, Inglis, Whyte, Kiriakov; O'Neill (Windass, 71), Rowson, O'Neil, Glass; Jess, Newell (Anderson, 78). Substitute not used: Dodds.

Referee: S Dougal (Burnside).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey/ South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey / South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Recruitment Consultant / Account Manager - Surrey / SW London

£40000 per annum + realistic targets: Ashdown Group: A thriving recruitment co...

Ashdown Group: Part-time Payroll Officer - Yorkshire - Professional Services

£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful professional services firm is lo...

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before