Last Updated: 15/08/09 2:36pm
It's all over and Celtic begin their bid to reclaim the SPL title with a comfortable victory at Pittodrie against Aberdeen. Great start for Tony Mowbray but the Dons have now conceded 11 goals in three games under Mark McGhee.
Another half-chance for Aberdeen, but Gary McDonald lifts his effort over the bar. Despite Celtic's dominance, a goal now would ensure a nervy finish here for Celtic.
Miller and Gary McDonald go close to making it 3-2 but Celtic somehow scramble the ball away to safety.
Diamond will have to be replaced, this looks a bad injury for the defender. He has barely moved since going down.
Samaras' ball into the feet of Fortune is too powerful for the striker and Aberdeen win the ball back.
Maloney looks for Fortune with a chipped ball forward but it runs through to Langfield in the home goal.
Samaras goes for goal from 25 yards out but his effort lacks power and it's an easy take for Langfield.
GOAL - ALUKO. Wonderful goal by Aluko who takes the ball on his chest at the back post before volleying into the top corner past Boruc. An early contender for goal of the season? A glimmer of hope for Aberdeen.
Scott McDonald blasts well over the bar with an ambitious volley from just inside right side of the box.
Celtic are continuing to dominate possession. Tony Mowbray will now surely have Tuesday's clash with Arsenal in mind.
Scott Brown takes the place of Loovens. Looks like Donati will go back to the centre of defence where he has played in some pre-season games.
Aberdeen force two corners straight away - they need to a goal quickly if they are to make a game of this.
Aberdeen are surely out of this game - odds of 100/1 for them to overturn this three-goal deficit and win the game with Sky Bet reflect that. Celtic are just 1/200. It's 50/1 the draw.
The half-time whistle goes and it's no surprise to hear boss ring round the stadium from the home fans. Cheers for the Celtic fans though, they are in complete control.
Aberdeen have now conceded 11 goals in two and a half games under McGhee, an appalling start to his reign at Pittodrie.
GOAL - SCOTT McDONALD. Awful defending by Foster who completley miskicks an attempted clearnance, allowing Scott McDonald to finish from just a few yards out. Game over at Pittodrie.
The second goal has been coming, the Aberdeen substitution failing to have a quick impact on the game. Great start to the season for Celtic and new boss Mowbray.
GOAL - McGEADY. Superb second of the game for Celtic and McGeady. He turns smartly on the edge of the box before curling a brilliant left-footed shot into the corner of the net past the despairing Langfield.
Fortune has another go at goal but again he has team-mates in better positions. A bit of a waste, you can tell he is desperate for a goal having failed to net in pre-season.
It's no surprise to see Duff make way, he has had a terrible time of it today. Forward Darren Mackie takes his place.
Brilliant save by Langfield from Scott McDonald's point-blank effort before Fortune has another effort blocked. Another goal would surely kill Aberdeen off.
Fortune looks certain to make it 2-0 but his shot from six yards out is brilliantly blocked by Foster. Aberdeen are really struggling here.
GOAL - McGEADY. Celtic take the lead, McGeady with the goal after Fortune's shot is well saved by Fortune. It's no more than Celtic deserve for their start but Aberdeen can count themselves unlucky the way the ball bounced off Langfield and landed in front of McGeady for a tap-in.
Looks like Ricky Foster has moved to right-back in place of Stuart Duff, who has endured a torrid opening period.
McGeady's shot from the edge of the box is blocked by Diamond before Fortune's effort is well held by Langfield.
Aberdeen are struggling to cope with Maloney on the Celtic left, this time he is allowed to march into the box but his ball across goal is cleared by the Dons defence.
Decent chance for Kerr on the edge of the box but he lifts his shot well over the bar. Unconvincing defending by Celtic from a Mulgrew ball into the box again.
McGeady finds space on the edge of the box but shoots over Langfield's bar. That's an area of his game he really has to improve.
Maloney has another decent chance inside the Aberdeen box but instead of cutting the ball back for McDonald or Fortune, he goes for goal from a tight angle and Langfield makes a comfortable save.
Maloney makes good progres on the left before cutting inside into the box but Langfield rushes out of his goal to deny the forward.
Fox's corner is a dangerous one and once again Langfield is unconvincing from a cross ball, completely missing the ball with an attempted punch.
Lee Miller is putting himself about well up front for Aberdeen but this time he is adjudged to have fouled Loovens.
Chris Maguire tries an ambitious effort on goal from 30 yards out but Glenn Loovens makes a good block.
Scott McDonald's shot is well blocked before Zander Diamond gets in the way of Landry N'Guemo's effort at goal. Bright start by Celtic.
Aiden McGeady cuts inside from the left flank but drags his shot wide of the post from the edge of the box.
Charlie Mulgrew's whipped ball into the box is well defended by the Celtic defence - Mulgrew's delivery caused Celtic all sorts of problems here last season.
What a chance for Celtic to take the lead. Jamie Langfield makes the mess of a Danny Fox cross and the ball falls to Scott McDonald. He controls the ball well and makes space for the shot - but blasts over from around 12 yards out. Glorious chance.
Interesting stat - Celtic haven't lost on the opening day for 12 years while Aberdeen haven't won their first game for six seasons.
Aberdeen defeated Celtic 4-2 here at Pittodrie last season, a match that contributed to the Hoops' collapse in the title race. Can they do it again? firstname.lastname@example.org is the address to let me know.
Celtic start the match at 4/6 favourites with Aberdeen 9/2 to pull off a win just as they did here last season.
Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee gives a debut to defender Jerel Ifil, who signed from Swindon Town this week, and he partners Zander Diamond, who has passed a late fitness test. Lee Miller starts up front in what looks like a 4-3-3 formation with Chris Maguire and Sone Aluko also in from the start.
Darren O'Dea partners Glenn Loovens in the absence of the suspended Gary Caldwell at the back for Celtic while Scott Brown again starts on the bench, with Massimo Donati included from the start again. It's an attacking line-up for Tony Mowbray with McGeady, McDonald, Fortune and Maloney all included.
Aberdeen: Langfield, Mulgrew, Foster, Duff, McDonald, Diamond, Ifil, Kerr, Maguire, Miller, Aluko. Subs: Nelson, Considine, Mackie, Young, Pawlett, Paton, Crawford. Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Daniel Fox, O'Dea, Loovens, N'Guemo, Donati, McGeady, McDonald, Fortune, Maloney. Subs: Zaluska, Scott Brown, Samaras, Crosas, Killen, Caddis, Ferry. Referee: C Thomson (Scotland)