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Neil Lennon has resigned, and it remains to be seen what reaction assistant manager John Kennedy can get out of the squad on Saturday.
The Hoops had been building momentum with five victories on the bounce, but had their momentum checked in their last outing, as a Ross County side who were bottom of the pile before that clash secured a shock 1-0 win.
These two meet for a second time this month at Celtic Park after the hosts ran out 1-0 winners in Lennon’s penultimate game in charge, which was a sixth match in a row without a win for Aberdeen.
Derek McInnes’ side finally registered a victory in their most recent outing over Kilmarnock, though their opponents that day have now lost eight on the trot and we’d be wary of suggesting that they’ve have turned the corner just yet.
Under 2.5 Goals
The visitors’ key problem has been a lack of goals and their single strike against Killie was their first in seven appearances.
They’re not conceding too many either though and their past eight matches have yielded five clean sheets, but we doubt there’ll be another here.
Celtic may have failed to score against Ross County, but the Hoops last drew a blank for two games running back in April 2019, while they’ve misfired in just five fixtures since the start of last season.
Still, this shouldn’t be a high-scoring encounter, as a massive 13 of Aberdeen’s last 16 matches have featured fewer than three goals. That includes each of the last eight, as five of the past seven have seen just the solitary strike or none at all.
Celtic will likely dominate possession again and eventually make the pressure count, but unless caretaker Kennedy can rouse a response from the squad, it will be more huff and puff rather than lightning and fireworks.
Celtic To Win To Nil
The last two head-to-heads have also been low-scoring affairs as Celtic won 2-0 in the Scottish Cup in November and then 1-0 a week and a half ago.
That continued a poor record for Aberdeen against the Old Firm duo, as they last tased victory over one of the Glaswegian giants in the league back in December 2018.
Since then, they’ve lost 12 of 16 such matches, while across all competitions they’re a pitiful W1-D2-L20 against Celtic alone since May 2016, losing 10 of 12 winless encounters from 2018/19.
Given at least one side has failed to score in 12 of the past 16 meetings, with the Celtic win to nil landing 10 times, it’s hard to envisage a change in fortunes here.
It’s also worth noting that 19 of the last 22 points Aberdeen have collected were picked up against current bottom-half teams.
Even the other three were garnered against fifth and sixth-placed Livingston and St. Mirren respectively, so Celtic ought to get the job done.