Recent McInnes comments won't go down well with Celtic fans

By John Reid

May 3, 2019

Some recent comments made by Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes won’t impress Celtic fans. Especially those who watched the recent Scottish Cup semi-final between the sides.

McInnes has called for both sides to remain ‘calm’ when the sides meet at Pittodrie on Saturday.

“Remain calm”

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“At this stage of the season, it’s important for everybody to remain calm” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

“It’s important for officials and for players and managers to keep that restraint and to concentrate on the job in hand.”

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Firstly, the comments about the officials could be seen an attempt at mind games. The type of which were employed on a regular basis by the likes of Alex Ferguson.

Met with incredulity

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But the part that will be met with incredulity by the Hoops support is the comments about keeping calm and restraint.

Any Hoops fan who watched the Scottish Cup semi-final between the teams will have seen an Aberdeen team who certainly didn’t play to that standard.

They had two players sent-off. Dominic Ball for an elbow on Ryan Christie which has ruled him out for the season. Whilst Lewis Ferguson was ordered off for a lunge on Tom Rogic.

McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty were also both sent to the stand during the game.

It will be intriguing to see if Aberdeen adopt similar tactics when the teams meet at Pittodrie on Saturday. Celtic will need to be prepared if they do.