After a one-year hiatus, in 2021-22, Celtic returned to the top of the Scottish Premiership table for the eleventh time in 12 years. On Sunday afternoon (4:30pm UK) at Celtic Park, the Bhoys kick off what they hope will be the march to a twelfth title in 13 years against 2021-22 strugglers Aberdeen.
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The game is available to watch in the UK on Sky Sports 1, and in the US on the CBS Sports Network. Additionally, overseas fans can watch the game on Celtic TV.
Celtic vs Aberdeen betting tips
- Celtic to win and OVER 3.5 goals @ 17/10 with Betway
- Celtic to win with (-1) 3-way handicap @ 3/4 with Betway
- Daizen Maeda to score anytime @ 9/5 with Betfair
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Celtic are coming off of a six-game preseason slate, in which they won three and drew three, against various mid-tier European competition. In their most recent outing, on July 23, Celtic put forth an impressive effort at home, defeating Norwich City 2-0.
In the season just gone, Celtic were dominant in league play in 2021-22, winning 26 of 33 in the Scottish Premiership, while losing just three times . Second-place finishers (and Old Firm rivals) Rangers played similarly well, also losing just three times in 33 league games, but dropped more points via draws (7, to just 4 for Celtic), which accounted for the six-point gap in the final league table. As noted above, the title was Celtic’s eleventh in a dozen years. The Bhoys are well positioned to make it 12 and 13 in ’22-’23, though Celtic will also be looking for more success in knockout competitions, after falling last season in the semifinals of the Scottish Cup (a 2-1 home defeat to Rangers, after extra time), and seeing their European campaign stall in the Round of 16 of Europa Conference League against the Norwegian side FK Bodø-Glimpt – while Rangers made it all the way to the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
To that end, Celtic fortified their squad this summer with the acquisitions of center back Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham (for €7 million) and left back Alexandro Bernabéi (for €4.35 million) from Lanús in Argentina, while making permanent the loans of wingers Jota (from Benfica; €7.3 million) and Daizen Maeda (from Yokohama FM in Japan, for about €1.5 million). Additionally, they brought in 23-year-old German center back Moritz Jentz from Ligue 1’s FC Lorient on loan, and added veteran Australian central midfielder Aaron Mooy, formerly of Brighton, who’s been plying his trade in China since 2020, on a free transfer.
On the flip side the losses to the Celtic roster this summer have been minimal, with manager Ange Postecoglou’s side returning all major contributors – namely Jota and Maeda, plus another pair of Japanese stars, Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate – with the exceptions of 30-year-old Argentine defensive midfielder Nic Britton and 22-year-old attacking midfielder Ewan Henderson, who are off to, respectively, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hibernian, on free transfers.
Aberdeen, meanwhile, are coming off of a disappointing 2021-22 campaign, in which they were bounced from the Scottish Cup in the quarterfinals (despite having had a bye until the round of 16) and finished ninth in the 12-team Permiership table, level on points with (but with a superior goal difference to) tenth-placed St. Mirren.
The Dons preseason slate consisted of friendlies against three Scottish sides – Buckie Thistle, St. Johnstone, and Brechin – of which they won the first and last, and drew 1-1 with St. Johnstone in between. More recently (over the past three weeks), the Dons have seen action in the Scottish League Cup four times, and have impressed, knocking off Peterhead, Dumbarton, Stirling and Raith Rovers by a combined 12-0.
Aberdeen lost a pair of significant contributors over the summer, as 18-year-old right back Calvin Ramsay departed for Liverpool (for a €4.9 million fee) and 22-year-old central midfielder Lewis Ferguson joined Serie A’s Bologna, in exchange for a €3.5 million fee.
The cupboard won’t be bare, however, as the side is still led (for now) by American star star Christian Ramirez, who netted 15 times in 41 appearances for the club last season, and has already struck three times in four League Cup matches. Additionally, the Dons have brought in a variety of young, high-upside talents to solidify the roster. This group is led by 23-year-old North Macedonian forward Bojan Miovski, acquired from MTK Budapest for €600,000, who scored 19 goals in all competitions last season, and scored and assisted in his first League Cup outing.
Also arriving are 22-year-old Cape Verdean forward Duk (from Benfica B, for €470,000), 21-year-old right back Jayden Richardson (from Nottingham Forest’s U23s, for €355,000), and Kosovan defensive midfielder Ylber Ramadani (from MTK Budapest) and right winger Callum Roberts from Notts County, for low-six-figure fees.
Celtic expected starting lineup: Hart; Juranovic, Welsh, Carter-Vickers, Taylor; Mooy, Hatate, McGregor, Forrest; Maeda, Furuhashi
Aberdeen expected starting lineup: Roos; Richardson, Stewart, McCrorie, Coulson; Polvara, Ramadani, Kennedy, Besuijen; Ramirez, Miovski
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Scoreline prediction: Celtic 3-1 Aberdeen
Though Aberdeen are likely to be a stronger side in 2022-23 than they were last season, the Dons are replacing a couple of important pieces, and this is still Celtic they’re up against. That gap in quality is very real. Additionally, Celtic will be working some new faces as well, particularly in the defense. Against this backdrop, a contest that features goals, with the superior side, playing at home, showing its quality is the likeliest outcome.
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