Dundee 0-7 Aberdeen: Dons victory keeps Celtic waiting for title win
By Allan Valente
Last Updated: 02/04/17 6:35pm
Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine bagged a hat-trick as the Dons thrashed Dundee 7-0 to keep Celtic waiting to wrap up the title.
Brendan Rodgers' side could have clinched the Scottish Premiership crown without kicking a ball if the result on Tayside had gone their way but Aberdeen produced a clinical display, with goals from Adam Rooney, Kenny McLean, Niall McGinn and Ryan Jack adding to Considine's treble.
It was the biggest Scottish top-flight win of the season and matched Aberdeen's record away victory, which had previously come against Partick Thistle in 1992, with Considine (2), Rooney and McLean putting the visitors 4-0 up at the interval.
Celtic can still clinch the title with a win against Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, but Derek McInnes' side moved 11 points ahead of Rangers, whose new manager Pedro Caixinha sat watching from the stand at Dens Park.
Aberdeen took the lead in the 16th minute when Considine rose highest in a packed six-yard box to knock Jonny Hayes' cross in with what looked like his shoulder.
In the 25th minute Rooney made it 2-0 when right-back Shay Logan floated in a cross to the near post, with the striker guiding a header from eight yards past Scott Bain.
It quickly got worse for the toiling Taysiders when Graeme Shinnie set up McLean in the 34th minute.
The midfielder took the ball on to his right foot and fired in an angled drive from 16 yards past Bain and in at the far post to make it 3-0.
Some home fans headed for the exits when Considine got on the end of a Shinnie cross at the back post to head in his second with six minutes of the half remaining.
Dundee brought on Henrik Ojamaa and Craig Wighton for the start of the second half at the expense of Tom Hateley and Nick Ross but Aberdeen's fifth goal was only minutes away.
Hayes drove past Dundee defender Cameron Kerr and into the box with ease and squared for Jack to drive the ball in off the post.
McGinn was credited with the sixth goal, turning in a cross from substitute Ryan Christie, although defender Kevin Gomis appeared to get the final touch.
Considine earned himself the match ball, and his first ever hat-trick, just hours before his 30th birthday when he forced it over the line from a Christie free-kick in the 83rd-minute.