Derek McInnes "frustrated and annoyed" with Aberdeen failings at Celtic Park

By David Walton

March 2, 2021

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has claimed this his side “owe Celtic one” as he outlined his frustrations in recent games against the Hoops.

The Bhoys have had the season from hell this season. But one thing that hasn’t changed is their flawless form against the Dons. Of their four meetings this term, Celtic have secured three wins and one draw.

Indeed, their only slip-up against McInnes’ men came at Pittodrie back in October. A last-minute Lewis Ferguson penalty saw Aberdeen sneak away with a point in that one. They’ve yet to beat Celtic since a meaningless game in 2018.

And McInnes seems to be relishing the upcoming post-split meeting at Pittodrie. After the last two results, it appears his dismal Hoops record is getting to him.

Speaking in the Evening Express, the Aberdeen manager said: “We owe Celtic one and need to deal with them at Pittodrie. Celtic have still to come to us and we have to make up for the last two defeats against them.

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“We have to remember those two sore ones we have taken against them recently. I was frustrated and annoyed we did not get something from the game as Celtic were pinned in during the second half and struggling to deal with the amount of balls into the box.

“I’m disappointed because I thought the performance, like the other defeat at Celtic, was deserving of something from the game. When we got back to the training ground and analysed the video of the game with the players we reminded them there were so many good things in the game.”

McInnes continues to see what he wants to see

It appears that McInnes continues to make it up as he goes along. At no real stage in any of the last two games against Aberdeen – both ending in 1-0 wins – have we been hemmed in whatsoever.

Take a look at the possession stats from both matches. In the meeting in Lennon’s penultimate game, Aberdeen had 35% possession [BBC]. In the one at the weekend? 31% [BBC].

At the weekend, Ash Taylor had one real chance with a header that was well saved by Scott Bain. He also clipped the bar, but it was an effort Bain always had covered if it was indeed on target.

Celtic celebrate against Aberdeen (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

God help the Dons players then. Having to sit in a room whilst McInnes repeatedly shows replays of a couple of Ash Taylor headers. Trying to somehow drill into them how a couple of minutes of early pressure shows they’re a match for Celtic over 90.

We have one final meeting at Pittodrie. We’re still in a crisis, yet the smart money would still be on us turning them over again. Even whilst we’re stuck with an interim manager.

If anything shows the massive difference in quality between the two club, it’s that very fact. When we turn up in the Granite City, despite our troubles, don’t go expecting an upset. If you offered McInnes a point, he would snap your hand off.

In other news, Paul Lambert has absolutely ripped into the Celtic players.