Derek McInnes apologises after Celtic mauling

By David Walton

October 28, 2019

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes’ apology to the Dons support likely won’t wash, but he was in a miserable state post-match yesterday.

Celtic managed to dominate the Pittodrie side 4-0 on their own ground as they took advantage of Aberdeen’s lukewarm home form. The Dons have only picked up eight points from five matches in the Granite City. Therefore it wasn’t much of a surprise that Celtic won so comfortably.

But Dons fans haven’t ever been happy with how McInnes sets up his team against Celtic and Rangers. It can often be perceived as negative, with Aberdeen barely ever adopting a high press to put the pressure on.

Derek McInnes’ side were weak against us once again yesterday (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

McInnes has now won just one of his last 17 meetings with the Hoops. And speaking to the Press and Journal, the former St Johnstone and Bristol City gaffer tried to offer a sincere apology to his own supporters.

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“I can only apologise to our supporters. They deserve better than that. I think I deserve better than that. I thought we were awful. After losing the first goal we lacked personality and determination and I felt every time the ball went in our box it was a goal to Celtic.

“The first goal is awful, just awful. Edouard can amble through and the lack of determination to stop it happening was particularly poor.

“We lost confidence from there and we looked like a team which lacked belief. Celtic, still at their best, we can lose that game but I don’t expect to lose like this. I expect us to let Celtic know we are there.”

McInnes has let his club down – supporters are right to be fuming

As good as we were, Aberdeen were an absolute disgrace. Granted, we could’ve beaten anyone in the league comfortably with that level of intensity.

McInnes has failed to get the better of Neil Lennon in three attempts since the latter returned to Parkhead (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, when Kristoffer Ajer is being allowed to maraud 60 yards with the ball without any real challenge going in, something clearly isn’t right with the opposition. Celtic cut open Aberdeen with almost every first-half attack. We were imperious and on another level.

Celtic have now scored 32 goals in 10 Premiership games this season. An average of over three goals per game. That shows just how consistently Celtic are cutting open their opposition, regardless of who they play.

We also now top the table for away form in Scotland too (SoccerStats). That comes despite the setbacks against Hibernian and Livingston respectively. Neil Lennon has Celtic flying both domestically and in Europe. He deserves a ridiculous level of praise for that.

Lennon continued his fine record at Pittodrie (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But McInnes’ apology won’t mean much to the Aberdeen support. They’re consistently seeing their side fail to lay anything on us. It’s now four games in-a-row where they’ve failed to score against us. For them, something has to change.

For Celtic? All is rosy in Lennon’s garden as we continue to dominate on all fronts.