The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Derek Mcinnes

In my view


There’s no doubt the red card changed the game. I was disappoint­ed Samaras got the chance to go through on goal but the referee called it right. There was definite contact there, the referee’s made the right decision but the irony of course is that it doesn’t look as if he was going to score.

I’m disappoint­ed it got to that situation because they hadn’t really got behind us before that. Everything was in front of us and I was actually thinking about what I was going to say at half-time.

I thought there was more to come from us. But I don’t think there was a lot in it, neither side had threatened with a glaring chance. As soon as we went down to 10 men it was going to be difficult against a team like Celtic when they have something to hold on to.

Had it been 0-0 we would have had something to hold on to but at 1-0 down we had a responsibi­lity to try to take the game to them. We had our chance when Niall McGinn had the header at the start of the second half but it was saved by Forster. I’m disappoint­ed but we can take a lot of positives. I said before the game, regardless of whether we won, drew or lost the result would not affect what we are trying to do here or change where we are trying to go. We had a lot of players out there with big hearts and we were certainly competing.

There wasn’t a lot in the game in the first half and I thought we could get something from the game, but with 10 men in the second half there was only one team in it.

The second goal was freakish, you will never see another goal like it this season.

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