Weakness in Defence and Attack.Aberdeen are on the down grade. If there were any doubts about the team requiring strengthening, these were set at rest at Parkhead on Saturday. Neither in defence nor attack were the Dons impressive, and there could be no doubt that on the day's play the better team won. Celtic are not a great team. They have some way to go yet before they recapture the lost glory, but they are young and enthusiastic, and they will improve. The forwards were a nippy company, and there was no lack of punch at close quarters - more than could said of Aberdeen. On the whole the play did not reach a high standard, but this is accounted for to some extent by the fact that the ball was greasy and the ground slippy. Here and there there were patches of class football, and the majority of them came from the wearers of the green and white.
Aberdeen Score Early.It looked as if Celtic were to suffer another home defeat when the Dons took the lead in thirty seconds. A Falloon clearance went to Armstrong; Beynon picked up the centre's header, and from his cross Warnock beat McGonagle and banged the ball into the net. It was not be, however. In six minutes a Delaney cross skidded off Smith's knuckles to Murphy, and the winger whipped the ball into the net. On level terms, Celtic took matters In hand, and in four minutes McInally got his head to a Napier free kick and the ball landed in the net via the underside of the crossbar. Four minutes from the interval Smith misjudged a bouncing ball from Delaney, and as it was entering the net O'Donnell touched it with his head. The game was lost and won. Celtic only added one more goal in the second half - six minutes after the restart - but with more care they might have increased their "bag." F. O'Donnell got the fourth goal. He was left lying unmarked in front of the Aberdeen goal and found the net from a Murphy cross.
Defence Shaky.Smith in the Aberdeen goal did not inspire confidence, and appeared to be badly at fault with the third goal. Cooper and McGill were shaky under pressure, but they were opposed to dangerous wingers in Murphy and Delaney. McGill was the sounder defender, although Cooper worked hard to stem the tide. Falloon was grand defensive pivot. Aberdeen's wing half play left a lot to desired. Fraser and Thomson never got a grip of the opposing forwards, and so busy were they in defence that they neglected their own forwards. There is room for improvement here. Warnock and Mills, the Aberdeen inside forwards, were clever enough at times, but their smartness on the ball brought no tangible reward. They would have been of more value to their side had they concentrated more on opening up the play. The short passing game does not pay. Armstrong in the opening stages showed cleverness, but once Geatons had him in his grip he never relinquished it.
New Winger.Ritchie Smith, Aberdeen's latest capture from East End, who was making his debut, got little chance to shine. It was only at rare intervals that he got the ball, and on Saturday's display it was impossible to form an opinion of his capabilities. Beynon was Aberdeen's most prominent attacker. He kept McGonagle busy, but he wasted much of his good work by failing to get height on his crosses. Celtic have a workmanlike if not brilliant defence. Kennaway in goal had a comparatively easy time, but what he had to do he did well. Hogg was a good right back, strong in the tackle and showing fine anticipation. McGonagle was rocky at the start, but was allowed to settle down to a steady game. Hughes was the best of the wing halves. He combined sound defensive play with smart offensive work. Napier was seen at his best in attack, while Geatons was a sound stopper.
Nippy Celtic Attack.In a nippy and strong-finishing attack, none did better than Murphy, who had a good partner in McDonald. F. O'Donnell was a dashing and dangerous leader, and against a less tenacious pivot than Falloon might have had more goals. Delaney on the right was fast, and got across some dangerous balls.
Source: Press & Journal, 24th September 1934