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Feb 25, 2018 at 1.30pm UK at ​Pittodrie Stadium (Aberdeen)
Attendance: 17,206
Aberdeen
0-2
Celtic

Cosgrove (85')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Dembele (37'), Tierney (83')
Lustig (76')

Brendan Rodgers pleased as Celtic earn "brilliant win" at Aberdeen

Rodgers hails
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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is pleased to see his players bounce back from Europa League elimination by beating Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised his players' resilience after claiming a 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.

The Scottish Premiership leaders regained a nine-point lead over second-placed Rangers thanks to a 10th successive win over the Dons, courtesy of goals from Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney.

Both teams ended up with 10 men after Mikael Lustig and Sam Cosgrove were dismissed, but Rodgers was happy to see his side bounce back from their Europa League exit at the hands of Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday night.

"I thought it was a brilliant win for ourselves," Rodgers told Sky Sports News. "We're 72 hours back from Russia, arguably the toughest place to come away from, and to have an away game so soon afterwards is tough.

"I thought we dealt with everything really well though. The first goal was a really great example of our players' technical qualities on a really difficult surface. It was a great goal, good passing and movement and a great header by Moussa.

"We had more chances in the first half and we controlled things. We showed real resilience and mentality to manage the game when we went down to 10 men and score a brilliant counterattacking goal.

"I'm really proud of the team, it's always going to be a really tough game here. We know the signpost of where we want to go and today was a fantastic win for us."

Celtic return to Premiership action on Wednesday night at home to Dundee before hosting Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Celtic159423262631
2RangersRangers1694338142431
3Aberdeen168441915428
4Hearts178452118328
5Kilmarnock167542016426
6St Johnstone167541920-126
7Hibernian1566324121224
8Livingston176561516-123
9Motherwell164481625-916
10Hamilton AcademicalHamilton1741121237-2513
11Dundee1624101329-1610
12St Mirren1724111132-2110

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