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BBC Sport's Alastair Alexander
reports from Celtic Park
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Dons boss Ebbe Skovdahl
"They dominated the game"
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Celtic boss Martin O'Neill
"We definitely deserved to win"
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Celtic manager Martin O'Neill on Vega
"I was delighted"
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Sunday, 17 December, 2000, 17:43 GMT
Celtic hit Dons for six
Neil Lennon enjoyed his Parkhead debut for Celtic
Neil Lennon enjoyed his Parkhead debut for Celtic
Celtic 6-0 Aberdeen

Henrik Larsson claimed a hat-trick and Ramon Vega pitched in with two goals on his debut as Celtic ran riot against a wretched Aberdeen at Parkhead.

The Celts started strongly and opened an early lead. From then on it was plain sailing for Martin O'Neill's men.

Four of Celtic's goals came in the last quarter hour as the visitors were simply steamrollered by the lightening quick home side.

The final strike came from Jamie Smith who has now scored twice in two appearances for the Hoops.

New faces

Celtic supporters welcomed two new faces as the snow fell at Parkhead with Neil Lennon making his home debut while Vega made his bow after his move from Tottenham on Friday.

Vega replaced Tom Boyd with Lennon making his second start, while Tommy Johnson came in for the injured Lubo Moravcik.

The home supporters were soon on their feet celebrating a goal in just the fourth minute and Lennon was involved in the build up.

Ramon Vega nets his first goal
Ramon Vega nets his first goal
The former Leicester midfielder found Alan Thompson, who in turn played an inch-perfect pass to Bobby Petta on the overlap and the winger crossed to Larsson to side foot home at the near post.

In the 19th minute Vega grabbed a dream debut goal when Thompson's free-kick eluded the Aberdeen defence and the Swiss defender was on hand to poke the ball home from close range.

Johnson should have put the result beyond all doubt when he found himself clean through on goal but blazed just over with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Causing problems

Vega was causing the Aberdeen defence all kinds of problems with his height at set-pieces and he almost scored his second of the afternoon in the 26th minute when he got on the end of Thompson's free-kick but headed just wide.

Johnson was again guilty of spurning a good chance when Larsson found him in space in the area, but his effort was saved low by the busy Esson.

Aberdeen gave a better account of themselves at the beginning of the second half and in the 53rd minute Rab Douglas had to save low to deny substitute Andy Dow and again to keep Robbie Winters' close-range effort out.

Stepped up a gear

Celtic stepped up a gear in the final 15 minutes and gave the home crowd the show that they were singing for.

Larsson made it 3-0 in the 76th minute when a Johnson pass split the Dons defence and the Swede coolly rolled the ball past the stranded Esson.

Goal number two for Vega
Goal number two for Vega
Two minutes later, the Parkhead favourite grabbed his hat-trick with a splendid angled finish from a deep Thompson cross.

There was more misery for Aberdeen just a few minutes later when Vega rose above everyone to head home a Lennon corner.

The rout was completed in the 89th minute when substitute Smith curled in a neat finish after Lennon had slipped a clever free kick into the youngster's path.


Celtic: Douglas, Valgaeren, Mjallby, Vega, Agathe, Petrov, Lennon, Thompson, Petta, Larsson, Johnson.

Subs: Gould, Boyd, McNamara, Healy, Smith.

Aberdeen: Esson, Lilley, McGuire, McNaughton, Solberg, McAllister, Rowson, Derek Young, Guntveit, Stavrum, Winters.

Subs: Preece, Dow, Belabed, Clark, Di Rocco.

Referee: Douglas MacDonald

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