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From the sublime to the ridiculous! Last Thursday I watched on in awe as Aberdeen kept the much-fancied POAK at bay on their home turf in the Europa Conference League.

It was one of the bravest Dons performances I have seen for many a year. Only three days later I watched on in horror as the Dons put on a performance against Celtic at Celtic Park that was nothing short of embarrassing. What the hell is going on!? How can we be so Jekyll & Hyde?

I have said this publicly before and I will reiterate my point again, Aberdeen Football Club in the modern age should never be losing a game of football by a six-goal margin, never! This was Barry’s third visit to Celtic Park since he took over the reins from Jim Goodwin; the aggregate score from those games is Celtic 15-0 Aberdeen.

Right from the off on Sunday it was obvious the task ahead was going to be an exercise in damage limitation. We played directly into Celtic’s hands by giving them the freedom to come at us, if we had played any deeper, we would have been playing the game in the adjourning streets of the stadium. Our opening passage of play straight from kick-off was to send the ball all the way back to Kelle Roos who proceeded to kick the ball directly into touch – the first of many throughout the game. Aberdeen never stood a chance playing this style of football.

When will Barry Robson and his coaching staff learn? As it stands Aberdeen sit bottom of the ‘Shots on goal per Club’ table for the season with a depressing 107 attempts on goal. To put that into context Kilmarnock sit third with 191. On Sunday, on average, our furthest forward player was Dante Polvara who played most of the game on the halfway line. No wonder we did not lay a single glove on Celtic in the entire game.

With the greatest respect to Jonny Hayes who has been a wonderful servant to the football club over the years, Jonny should not have started Sunday’s game. It was crying out for a Connor Barron whose energy and drive could have made the difference. Don’t tell me a 21-year-old can’t play two games in four days. Our defence in the closing stages of the game looked absolutely out on their feet and no wonder after their excursions in Greece and then having to endure a constant onslaught from the Celtic front line. Changes should have been made at the break. So many questions are now being asked about Barry’s squad and his reluctance to utilise the players he has at his disposal.

Five Aberdeen players are now away on international duty which leaves Barry with the majority of his squad to work with during the next two weeks. All of them most come together to ensure Sunday’s performance was a one-off. I for one hope there was a serious post-mortem in the halls of Cormack Park this week. There must be a collective act of responsibility because Sunday was not acceptable and will not be tolerated by the fans who continue to back the team, particularly away from Pittodrie.

As a footnote, I would like to gently remind pundit Kris Boyd that Aberdeen ‘raising their game’ argument is far from valid or relevant. Since 2016/17 the Dons have only won 6 from 31 games against Rangers, drawing 7 and losing 18. If Mr Boyd was to do his research properly, which at the end of the day, he is paid to do he would clearly have known this and never thrown in such a ridiculous comment. Please do better.