Celtic had to settle for a share of the points against Aberdeen at Firhill this afternoon after substitute Alan O’Sulivan cancelled out Bahrudin Atajic’s first half strike.
The 1-1 draw leaves Celtic 13 points clear of Aberdeen but with two games in hand the Dons won’t be giving up hope of stopping the hoops from making it four titles in a row.
Sharing the points should keep the peace in the Twardzik household with Patrik playing against his brother Dan in the Aberdeen goal.
Paddy McCourt and Rami Gershon brought some experience to the Celtic side with Victor Noring continuing in goal.
Gershon was joined in central defence by Eoghan O’Connell with Darnell Fisher returning from injury at right-back. In midfield Jackson Irvine returned from injury to partner captain John Herron.
Aberdeen edged the early possession but were unable to make an impact on the Celtic goal and paid the price with just three minutes remaining in the first half.
After a typically mazy run from McCourt on the left the ball fell to Herron in the middle of the penalty box, a quick back-heeler found Atajic who took two touches before firing a low shot beyond Dan Twardzik
After the break Celtic looked a far better side with Atajic and Herron complimenting the skills of McCourt.
The Derry Pele had a few trademark runs through the Dons defence but was unable to find a finish to increase Celtic’s advantage.
On the hour mark Gershon was replaced by Lewis Kidd suggesting that the Israeli could be in line for a top team return against Ross County on Saturday.
Celtic had chances to tie the game up but paid the price with five minutes to go when Dons substitute O’Sulivan sent a low 15 yard shot past Noring to give the visitors a point.
CELTIC: Noring: Fisher: Gershon (Kidd), O’Connell, Chalmers: P Twardzik, Irvine, Herron: McCourt (Johnstone), Atajic, Keatings
SUBS: Fasan, McNally, Hoareau.
ABERDEEN: Twardzik, Murray, Duguid, Gibbons, Magennis, Rumsby, Pawlett, O’Neill, McManus, Masson, Low
SUBS: Rogers, O’Sullivan, Close, Hamilton, Szemis, Campanile