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For the first time in 11 years, Celtic will end the season trophyless after they were sent packing by Rangers in the Scottish Cup this weekend.
That was their fourth defeat from five winless encounters with the Gers, and unlike some of the recent Old Firm derbies where they could consider themselves a tad unfortunate not to walk away with anything to show for their efforts, on this occasion they were most definitely second best out there on the pitch.
Aberdeen did eventually make it through to the next round after finally witnessing some goals, overcoming Livingston on penalties following a 2-2 draw that saw late drama at both ends.
Stephen Glass’ first game in charge will be viewed as a success then, but many of the same problems were apparent as the Dons struggled to carve out clear cut opportunities, just like they had under former long-serving boss Derek McInnes.
Both Teams To Score (No)
Prior to that game, Aberdeen had seen fewer than three goals in each of their past 13 outings in all competitions, as 10 of these games featured just a single strike or none at all. At least one team or the other failed to register on the board on all 13 occasions, and we wouldn’t expect this encounter to prove another exception.
Celtic have won the last three meetings without conceding by a combined 4-0 scoreline, including 1-0 victories in both meetings from 2021 so far.
At least one team has failed to score in a massive 13 of 17 head-to-heads since 2017/18, though the Hoops have dominated this fixture with a W14-D2-L1 record across these games – including eight wins from the last nine encounters.
The case for one side or the other to draw a blank is made all the stronger by Celtic’s recent form. It’s happened in seven of the Hoops’ past eight matches in all competitions, with the exception in their hard-fought 1-1 draw against Rangers in the league last month.
Only one of Celtic’s last six on their travels have seen both sides score, as the visitor’s have failed to land a blow in each of their past three on the road now at Ross County, Dundee Utd and Rangers.