Aberdeen is a club steeped in history in Scotland, they have a remarkable set of accolades and achievements which underline their longevity. Four league titles, two European titles (European cup winners cup, European Super Cup) makes them one of the most decorated teams in the country. Their longevity is also emphasised by the fact they have never been relegated from the top tier of Scottish football.
Despite this rich history, their form in the league in the last 30 years has been without a title. Since 1985 the Scottish first division has been won by just two teams, Celtic and Rangers. Many teams have all tried, some have even come close, but none have succeeded. Now it is once again, Aberdeen, who will take on the challenge. This year though has the capacity to break this long run of old firm title wins. Aberdeen won their first five games in a row this season. An achievement only ever completed once, when they won the league under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1984-85.
This led to a chance for six consecutive wins but standing in their way in the next game was arch rivals Celtic. It was a huge game. Last season the teams played 4 times with Celtic coming out on top on each occasion. It was more than just 3 points, confidence, belief and momentum would shift to the winner of the match. The game started in similar fashion to the previous meetings, with Celtic being 1-0 up at half time with a goal from the penalty spot. Adam Rooney however leveled the scoring just before the hour mark with a penalty also. From here the controversy rose immediately. With just 18 minutes left one of the best players in the game Johnny Hayes, was harshly sent off for a seemingly innocuous challenge. This gave Celtic a boost and it was looking like they would drive on to victory. To the delight of the Reds fans however, it was in fact Aberdeen who got a winner just prior to full time, with a simple finish inside the box thanks to poor defending from Celtic.
So what does this mean for the league this year? Well Aberdeen now fly to the top of the league with a 100% record so far. Celtic lie two points below the leaders but crucially have played one more game than ‘the Dons’. This means that tomorrow against Hamilton Academical, Aberdeen have the chance to go five points clear of their main rivals.
So does this mean that Aberdeen will win the league? Well there is no denying that this is a magnificent start and, if the history books are to be followed, it should theoretically lead the reds to the title. Another factor is the squad Aberdeen have this year. New signing Shinnie on the left has added some real quality as well as the loan signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward, who is already being compared to Scotland and club legend Jim Leighton. In addition the manager Derek McInnes has quickly became a crowd favourite, and has brought the club and the players forward very quickly. Captain Ryan Jack, defender Ash Taylor and striker Adam Rooney will all be vital if Aberdeen will end their 30 year streak without a title.
On the other hand, Celtic will not be lying down to the challenge ahead. They will take solace in the fact they won the league by seventeen points last year and still have thirty-one more games to play. It is not a good start for Ronny Deila’s side, but they will not be too worried just yet.
What do you think of Aberdeen’s start to this season? Can they win the title? Let me know in the comment section your thoughts and thank you for reading!