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DONS TURNED THIS HAMPDEN PARTY INTO RIGHT OLD RAMMY.

Byline: MICHAEL GANNON VERDICT Hampden

IT'S always the danger when you throw a party. A few folk can lose the plot and then things get out of hand.

Aberdeen hit Hampden ready to celebrate their club's 116th birthday and while Celtic were party poopers it was the Dons who were guilty of tanning all the cargo and getting themselves lobbed out.

Dom Ball was the first to get frogmarched to the front door then teenager Lewis Ferguson went all young team to turn the bash into a total rammy.

You know it's got out of hand when even the responsible adults lose it as Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty both got huckled to the stands. Dons can moan all day about the game-changing Ball red card but the Pittodrie utility man didn't have a leg to stand on after wiping out Ryan Christie with a butt.

Brendan Rodgers may have decided there was a better spread down in the Premiership but Neil Lennon and the players left behind know how to make Hampden rock.

The stand-in boss has suffered a few bum nights at the National Stadium but this was one to savour.

McInnes was missing half a side yet his kids came to play. It was scary to think his midfield duo of Dean Campbell and Ferguson have only had 37 birthday parties between them.

Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and James Forrest share a similar number of trophies.

Celtic certainly know how to have their cake and eat it. It fell flat for Aberdeen but they had brought the decorations as well.

"Hampden Again, A Class Above", proclaimed the Red Army banner behind the goal and it wasn't just a nod to the number of times they've traipsed down the A90.

It was also a subtle dig at Steven Gerrard, whose "class above" jibe on the opening weekend blew up in his face like a comedy cigar. This time the joke was on Aberdeen.

It was going to be hard enough for Dons with 11.

With 10 it was borderline impossible. Like it was to stop Forrest's screamer.

Semi-finals, finals, Scotland games, the wee winger has made the place like his front room.

Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic then hoovered up the buffet's remains.

Meanwhile, Celtic have Hampden booked again for May 25. The treble treble on the anniversary of Lisbon would be the

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Date:Apr 15, 2019
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