Date: 21st April 2008 at 3:52pm
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As Zander Diamond said in his post-match interview on Saturday, ‘He goes to his job Monday to Friday and we have to pick up the pieces. If we are challenging to get into third place and that decision goes against us, we might look back at the end of the season and think that point at Celtic Park did us in.’

That is in relation to his goal in stoppage time that was ruled out by referee Iain Brines for a hand ball that no-one knows who handled.

We got in the ground a few minutes before kick off and had a look at the banners being displayed by the Red Ultras:

LAST WEEK WAS PATHETIC

RESTORE SOME PRIDE

FIGHT FOR OUR COLOURS

And boy did we put up some fight to the reigning champions.

In the 6th minute Miller headed the ball back out to Severin about 25 yards from goal who volleyed the ball straight off one post, trickled across the line, hit the other post and somehow ended up in Boruc’s arms.

Ten minutes past and Celtic had a chance, Hinkel played the ball across the face of the goal to Balde, who slid in but somehow missed with the goal open from only 1 yard.

Into the 2nd half and only a few minutes in, Celtic were awarded an incredibly soft free-kick by the corner flag. Barry Robson swung the ball into the box and Samaras, who was the worst player on the park for the whole 90 minutes, rose unchallenged and headed Celtic into the lead.

With only minutes of regulation time remaining Barry Nicholson found the ball at his feet in the box and he slid the ball across the face of the goal to Miller, who only needed to make contact with the ball to equalise but failed. It almost made Balde’s effort look decent.

The fourth official held up the board and as the stadium announcer said there would be 3 additional minutes, the 150 odd Aberdeen fans roared their team on.

And with seconds left to play, Foster launched the ball towards the box, Diamond headed on, Nicholson chested the ball back down to Diamond who lashed the Dons level. But wait a minute, referee Iain Brines had blown his whistle and the goal didn’t stand. But why? That’s what we want to know. Apparently he said when Diamond headed the ball on he handled it but TV replays clearly show Diamond’s hands were by his sides.

If Aberdeen miss out on Europe by a point then Mr. Brines may have some ticking parcels being posted through his letter box come the end of May.

That’s why WE’RE paranoid.