Aberdeen's Derek McInnes and Ash Taylor both push tiresome narrative from Celtic game

By David Walton

February 17, 2020

There’s been a tiresome narrative that Derek McInnes in particular has been itching to push since yesterday – that Aberdeen were the better side.

In almost every interview possible, McInnes has done his best to let everyone know that Celtic were apparently inferior to the Dons. That’s despite the fact we ended up winning 2-1 at Pittodrie.

The Aberdeen manager told official club outlet Red TV the following:

“We got after Celtic. I thought we were the better team. The conditions were difficult. But the game has still got to be played for both sets of players. Celtic today were second best for long periods of the game, one or two of them would have maybe taken a point but they have come out on top.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

He said something similar in his post-match comments to BBC (Sportsound 16/02, 22:10). He claimed then that Aberdeen were the better team when we had a back five and a better team when we had a back four.

Where were all of “dominant” Aberdeen’s chances?

Ash Taylor was next to talk about Aberdeen’s apparent dominance, telling Red TV that the Dons had “dominated large parts of the game” and that they were “worthy of three points if not one”.

It’s probably a sign of how poor Aberdeen have been recently that they’re so chuffed by this performance. However, unfortunately, they’re blowing it a tad out of proportion.

The official BBC report from the game had both sides level on possession at 50-50 and equal on shots too with six apiece. In fact, Celtic had more shots on target than the Dons with four to their three.

Celtic at Pittodrie (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Throwing some crosses into the Celtic penalty area without actually working the goalkeeper doesn’t make you the better side. Equally, we can hardly lay claim to the title of being the better team either. We were poor yesterday, and gave Aberdeen far too much space to get at us down the flanks.

However, it’s clutching at straws from McInnes and co to start the whole “Aberdeen the superior side” nonsense. It feels as though whenever teams give us a game we have to listen to that kind of garbage.

Fraser Forster hardly had a thing to do. Outside of Taylor’s goal and a Funso Ojo strike, did he even have a save to make? Most of his work came from claiming crosses. They won set-pieces and didn’t give us a moment of peace in defence or the midfield – fair play to them.

But did they dominate us? Evidently not. Unsettling and dominating are two totally different things.