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Dons lose out in seven-goal thriller


Celtic came out on top in a seven-goal thriller at Pittodrie as Abedeen came up just short as they suffered a 4-3 Boxing Day defeat.

Scott Sinclair scored a hat-trick for the Hoops while Odsonne Edouard also got on the scoresheet for the champions with Stevie May, Sam Cosgrove and Lewis Ferguson replying for the home side.

Dons boss Derek McInnes made one change from the side which beat Hearts 2-0 on Saturday with Dom Ball coming in for the injured Max Lowe.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers rang the changes for the trip to Pittodrie with captain Scott Brown, Ryan Christie, Craig Gordon, Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata all returning to the starting line-up.

Christie was deployed as the lone forward against the Dons and he had a major role in the visitors taking an early lead as he sent Callum McGregor clear and the midfielder crossed for Scott Sinclair to score from close range.

It was a nightmare start for the Dons but they responded well and deservedly drew level in the 24th minute after Emilio Izaguirre, the Celtic left back, sent Niall McGinn tumbling in the box to concede a penalty.

Stevie May converted the spot kick, firing the ball high past Craig Gordon in the Celtic goal.

The second half was a tougher shift for the Dons with Celtic dominating possession in the Aberdeen half and Christie tested Lewis with a long range free kick, which was saved by the Dons goalkeeper.

However, with Aberdeen tiring the visitors made their possession count with 14 minutes remaining when James Forrest crossed for Sinclair to score his second of the game from six yards.

That looked to be it for the Dons but they bounced back again and a surging run from their captain resulted in the home side earning their second penalty of the game as Hoops defender Mikael Lustig bundled the Dons skipper over in the box.

Lustig and his team-mates surrounded referee Willie Collum but once the furore had died down Cosgrove stepped up to net from the spot and make it 2-2.

Aberdeen barely had time to celebrate their equaliser when they were behind again thanks to Odsonne Edouard who then set-up Sinclair for his hat-trick and a two-goal cushion.

Lewis Ferguson pulled a goal back for Aberdeen in the final minute but the Hoops survived to claim a remarkable victory.

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