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Roddy Forsyth reports
"Celtic continued their formidable scoring record"
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Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 18:37 GMT
Celtic come of age




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Aberdeen 0-6 Celtic

Celtic made it 18 goals in three games against the Dons this season with six different scorers.

Paul Lambert started things going with his first of the season on 21 minutes, with Stephane Mahe adding the second before half-time.

Lubomir Moravcik made three with 23 minutes to go, before Mark Viduka, Regi Blinker and Ian Wright.


Six goals, six scorers
21 mins: Lambert
28: Mahe
67: Moravcik
75: Viduka
81: Blinker
87: Wright
It all ended talk of an Aberdeen revival after the midweek win over Hearts.

The man who set up that win, Hicham Zerouali remained among the substitutes, while veteran Jim Leighton kept out fit-again David Preece in goal.

The Dons started brightly with Cato Guntveit feeding Arild Stavrum who drifted infield with purpose before firing his shot just wide.

But thereafter it was Celtic who established control, and their pressure was rewarded on 21 minutes.

Jackie McNamara combined with Viduka, and Lambert sent a fierce angled drive into the top corner of the net leaving Leighton well beaten.

Celtic went two ahead seven minutes later as Berkovic's pass released Mahe, who cut inside and made no mistake with a low shot just inside the post.

Zerouali did come on for Eoin Jess after half time, but there was no fairytale recovery sparked by the Moroccan in this game.

On 67 minutes, a stunning Moravcik goal put Celtic three ahead when he jinked past Derek Whyte and Jamie McAllister before crashing the ball beyond Leighton from the edge of the area.

Leighton error

The fourth came after 75 minutes in extraordinary fashion as Leighton allowed a weak Stubbs cross to elude his grasp, and gifted Viduka an open goal.

The aftermath saw substitute Wright fortunate to escape a booking for donning a Celtic scarf during the celebrations, while Leighton was yellow-carded for a gesture at the taunting travelling support.

Celtic were rampant now and an astonishing flicked cross from Wieghorst was converted at close range from substitute Blinker as Aberdeen folded.

After 88 minutes, it was 6-0 in Celtic's favour as Blinker squared the ball to Wright who teased Anderson before slotting the ball low past a miserable Leighton.

Teams:

Aberdeen: Leighton, Perry, Whyte, Jess, Winters, Dow, Bernard, Anderson, Guntveit, McAllister, Stavrum. Subs: Esson, McGuire, Rutkiewicz, Belabed, Zerouali.

Celtic: Gould, McNamara, Stubbs, Tebily, Mahe, Lambert, Wieghorst, Berkovic, Mjallby, Viduka, Moravcik. Subs: Kerr, Petrov, Burchill, Wright, Blinker.

Referee: T Mccurry (Scotland

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