"Embarrassed"; Derek McInnes left gutted and sounding bitter after Celtic rout
Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes was full of praise for Celtic in the build up to today’s Scottish Premiership clash but barely credited the champions for their efforts in a 5-0 rout.
Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota, Moritz Jenz, Carl Starfelt and Giorgos Giakoumakis were all on the scoresheet after some delightful play, but McInnes felt most of the goals were avoidable and not as a result of the Bhoys’ quality.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I am disappointed with the level of goal we shipped today. I thought we Jota’s strike was saveable if I’m honest, but losing two goals from set plays and the nature of those goals absolutely killed us. That is nothing to do with Celtic, that is more my team.
“We are not ready to take on Celtic, clearly. Although we competed at certain spells in the game, when the ball arrived in our box we are disappointed with the level of goal. And that is nothing to do with the level of talent Celtic have, that’s down to us.
“It’s a sore one for us. I’m disappointed for the fans that turned up. Maybe not too many people were expecting us to get a result today, but it shouldn’t have been five, and that’s on us. I’m embarrassed by it, but we need to dust ourselves down.”
Celtic were superb today and well worth the commanding victory. Suggesting the result was down to defensive errors is a little bitter for me, even if he’s always going to focus on his team.
More than anything, McInnes just didn’t set his team up to get a win, so how can he have complaints with overwhelming pressure breaking down Kilmarnock? There was absolutely no ambition.
Had he gone at the Bhoys with more progressive tactics it would at least have caused us a few problems given how open we play at times. He has to take responsibility for the result today, rather than pin it all on his defensive unit.