Celtic and Rangers have dominated Scottish football for years. No one outside the Old Firm has won the Scottish title since Aberdeen in the 1984/85 season. Celtic have won the title for past four seasons with no real competition. The 2011/12 season saw Celtic finishing 20 points of their Old Firm rivals as Rangers struggled with finances and entered administration in 2012. At the end of the 2011/12 season Rangers entered liquidation and were demoted to the Scottish Third Division, leaving Celtic with no real competition for the next three seasons. Celtic ran away with the League by 16 points in 2012/13, 19 points in 2013/14 and by 17 points from Aberdeen last season.
Aberdeen were Celtic’s closest rivals last season and have made a flying start to this campaign, winning all of their first eight league games; including a 2-1 win over Celtic. Aberdeen start to the season in the best in any European League. Only equalled by Basel in the Swiss Super League. Aberdeen’s flying start to the season sees them sitting top of the Scottish Premier League, five points clear of Celtic. For the first time in four years it looks like Celtic may have a fight on their hands to regain the Scottish Premier league title. You have to question whether Aberdeen have improved as a squad since finishing 17 points behind Celtic last season or whether complacency has set in at Celtic Park.
Who are the key men for Aberdeen?
If Aberdeen are going to keep up their good start to the season and pose a real threat to Celtic winning the title once again. Who will be the key men for Aberdeen?
Manager: Derek McInnes
McInnes took over at Pittodrie in April 2013. Taking over from former Scottish manager Craig Brown. On taking over McInnes vowed to help the club improve, ensuring that the city of Aberdeen would “fall in love” with its football team once again. In his first full season in charge, McInnes guided Aberdeen to a 3rd place finish in the League and triumphed in the League Cup. Beating Inverness 4-2 on penalties after the game had finished 0-0 after extra-time.
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