SKIPPER Scott Brown scored the second half goal that ensured Celtic made it four wins out of four against the Dons in the league this season.
The 1-0 defeat was harsh on Aberdeen, who pinned the Scottish Premiership champions back for long spells in a pulsating encounter at Pittodrie.
Barry Robson returned to Aberdeen’s starting line-up after serving a two game ban.
Kenny McLean also came back in, with Willo Flood and Peter Pawlett moving to the bench.
The Dons gave Celtic the traditional guard of honour when they came out of the Pittodrie tunnel.
There was an adverse reaction from some Dons fans, which hardly came as a surprise.
I’ve always felt such things should be done when the championship winning side played their next match at their own place.
Well done to the Dons for doing what was expected of them though – can you imagine the flak they would have got from some quarters if they hadn’t?
Once all the pre-match nonsense was out of the road it was down to the task of the Dons trying to beat Celtic for the first time this season to wreck their title celebration party.
They were also searching for what would be only their second win in the last 22 league clashes.
Dons boss Derek McInnes certainly went about it in the right manner.
Aberdeen played a high line at the back and set a frantic pace and both helped them totally dominate the first half hour.
Veteran Robson was the stand out performer and he set the mood with an early shot from distance that was held by Celtic keeper Craig Gordon.
Robson went even closer in the 10th minute with a powerful 30 yard drive that went just wide of Gordon’s right post.
Robson’s ball into the Celtic area then caused panic and the visitors were lucky to see Mark Reynolds knock his toe-poke from the edge of the six yard box wide.
The 36-year-old Dons midfielder was clearly in the mood and made Gordon work again from a 22-yard free-kick.
It took Celtic 33 minutes to get a shot at the Dons goal, when Stefan Johansen sent a poor effort well wide from 22-yards.
The Dons responded with Niall McGinn sending a corner in from the left and Ashton Taylor heading off target at the far post.
Dons keeper Scott Brown was finally called into action in the 36th minute.
Johansen beat the Dons offside trap on the left and tried to chip Brown from 15 yards but the Dons goalie managed to get his finger tips to the ball and knock it behind for a corner.
Darnell Fisher latched on to a lay-off from Leigh Griffiths to blast a shot over the Aberdeen bar as Celtic began to come to life but they were fortunate to still be level by the break.
The Dons took just 12 seconds into the second half to get their first effort at goal, when Niall McGinn had a low 18-yard shot held by Gordon.
Celtic broke the deadlock in the 49th minute thanks to some sheer determination by skipper Scott Brown and sublime skill from Stuart Armstrong.
Brown made an excellent tackle to win the ball off Robson at the edge of the Celtic area.
That sparked a sweeping move that led to Armstrong showing neat skill to get past Shay Logan on the left.
When Armstrong then squared the ball Brown was there after sprinting almost the length of the park to tap home.
McGinn almost snatched the equaliser when he skinned Darnell Fisher during a run into the area on the left then poked the ball over the bar from a tight angle.
McInnes brought David Goodwillie on for Rooney after 56 minutes.
Keeper Scott Brown kept Aberdeen in the game with two fine saves from Griffiths and Commons after Celtic had broken clear.
Robson was replaced in the 69th minute by Peter Pawlett, soon after picking up a booking for a foul on Johansan.
Celtic had to defend desperately after that as the Dons took risks at the back to get forward.
The high pace took it’s toll on Celtic’s Nir Biton, who went down with cramp.
The Dons brought young striker Lawrence Shankland on with four minutes left in an effort to salvage something.
The 19-year-old was desperately unlucky to send a diving header wide after Hayes sent a fantastic cross in from the right.
The Dons received a blow when Kenny McLean appeared to suffer a hamstring as the match moved into five minutes of injury-time.
Celtic almost added to their lead but were denied by yet another fantastic double save from Dons keeper Brown.
Celtic then defended desperately but held out to claim the three points.