Cameron Carter-Vickers was in the starting lineup once again for Celtic but only was pulled at halftime due to injury as they came away with the win over Dante Polvara and Aberdeen.
Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic
The defending champions made it two for two in the young Scottish Premiership season as they held off Aberdeen to come away with all three points at Pittodrie Stadium.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started for the Bhoys, completing 90 percent of his passes, winning five duels, and making one tackle before being subbed out at halftime for an apparent hamstring injury. For Aberdeen, Dante Polvara started in midfield, completing 59 percent of his passes, winning eight duels, and making three tackles along with one shot on target and a key pass.
The visitors jumped out to the lead after 11 minutes when Liel Abada poked the ball across the goal line from a free-kick. The flag went up for offside, but it was overruled by the video assistant referee as it showed that the Israeli international was fine.
It took some time, but Aberdeen responded with the equalizer in the 25th minute. Luis Lopes was able to beat Carter-Vickers to the ball and send a low cross into the path of Bojan Miovski to one-time it into the back of the net.
The hosts played a spirited game but gifted Celtic the lead before the half-hour mark. Aberdeen defender Nicky Devlin headed the ball toward his goalkeeper, but it would end up with Kyogo Furuhashi as he punished the error with a strike in the goal.
Both sides came out in the second half looking to score more goals, but the champions would grab one more in the 84th minute when Matthew O’Riley was on the spot to steer home Yang Hyun-jun’s cross.
Celtic sits atop the standings with maximum points.
Joe Efford was on the bench for Motherwell but saw no action in their 2-1 win over Hibernian.