Date: 3rd December 2006 at 11:13pm
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Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has admitted that his team would have had to have shared the points against the Dons had it not been for Artur Boruc`s last minute wonder save from Russell Anderson`s header and gave Calderwood`s side credit for the tactics which almost earned them a point.

He said ‘It was a world-class save. It would have been a stunner for them to have scored in the last minute.

He added: ‘I would like to win games earlier than we are doing, but we are not deadly enough in front of goal at the minute and we just have to grind out results like that.

‘Teams like Manchester United and us have the same problem. We have to win games playing super football, but you have to give credit to other teams for doing their homework.’

Aberdeem captain Russell Anderson was gallant in defeat but was obviously very disappointed to have seen Boruc push his effort over the top.

He said: ‘It was a great save and all credit to Boruc because he didn’t have much to do during the game. I thought it was in and some of the other players thought that as well.

‘We can take a lot of positives from the game but credit to Celtic, there was not much in the game and they won 1-0. That is the sign of champions.’

Celtic had 57% possession in the match and did force Langfield into some smart stops but it took a mistake by Andrew Considine to let in substitute Maciej Zurawski to score in 71 minutes from 6 yards. Considine had let Naylor`s cross slip under his foot and the Polish striker sent his team in front with his right footed effort.

In truth, Celtic should probably have been ahead prior to Zurawski`s goal but Langfield had produced a great save from McGeady`s top left hand corner bound drive and then Kenny Miller missed from a Langfield rebound from four yards after he had saved from Naylor`s shot just before half time.

The Dons were taking many plaudits for the way they had defended in the match with Anderson again immense and Considine had been having a solid game until his mistake although Calderwood will be disappointed that his team did not trouble Boruc more with only Mackie forcing a quality save before his match winning block from Anderson`s head.

Celtic managed to extend their home unbeaten run to twenty matches and have beaten Manchester United and Benfica at home this season. In reflection, Aberdeen fans will see that there has been huge improvement in the Dons belief, effort and ability and whilst the Dons are not quite at the level where they can go to Glasgow and expect to win, they can now go and expect to compete again.

Typically, Jimmy Calderwood went for bust when he withdrew Considine just after Celtic`s goal for Lovell and Jamie Smith came on for the industrious Gary Dempsey in a bid to salvage something. He was unlucky with his brave changes, had Anderson scored he would have taken much credit but it wasn`t to be his or the traveling fans day as they returned home with nothing.

Calderwood was naturally deflated after the game and felt the points should have been shared.

He said ‘We looked comfortable. We haven’t created too much and I was proud of our performance but annoyed we didn’t get anything from the game,’.

‘Goals usually decide games. We kept throwing forwards on but it wasn’t to be,’ Calderwood added.

We were well organised and took everything Celtic threw at us. We lost a sloppy goal. We deserved a draw.’