Date: 12th May 2015 at 6:07pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he was delighted with certain aspects of the performance the players put in against Celtic and he was pleased to see such a narrow scoreline.

Speaking to the Official Site following the one nil defeat, the gaffer explained.

‘The result is always the most important thing. I was pleased with certain aspects of the game and I thought we rattled them at times and made them work hard. We started the game well and asked a few questions of their keeper, had a few moments of good pressure and played a lot of the opening period in their half. We started on the front foot and were quite positive with our line-up, Jonny Hayes was a threat and caused problems but we had to be full of concentration with our defensive work and I thought we defended really well.’

McInnes went on to say going into the second half with it tightly poised it was a 45 minute game and the first goal was always going to be absolutely key to the final result and unfortunately Celtic got that goal, and from then on we were chasing the match and throwing plenty of bodies forward and showing lots of heart in his mind, but we just couldn’t get that telling chance to level the scores.

Chasing like that whilst he felt we were going to score, he admits Scott Brown had to keep us in it when they broke and utilised the space but that’s always a risk you take when chasing a match.

‘While it is still 1-0 you always believe you have a chance and we had opportunities to score but we never and we got beat. It was a physical game at times and it was clear that both teams wanted to win, Celtic knew that they were in a game with a couple of players going down with cramp towards the end so it shows how hard they had to work and that pleases me because we didn’t want it to be a stroll for them up here. We didn’t get the result we wanted and we haven’t against them throughout the season and that has played a huge part in the outcome of our league campaign but we will be ready waiting for them next season and we will try to improve.’

Going on to compare this season with last, he points to the fact last year we got a few wins against Celtic but then dropped points in other matches we really should’ve done better in, but this year he feels we have been ‘sensational’ on the whole against other opposition and raised our game against Celtic – albeit without a return of points – so he does feel we are on the right curve and it’s now about building on that over the summer and having another good go in 2015-16.

‘We obviously want to win our last two games but some boys will be rested now as we have a short break before we are back in for pre-season, some of these boys have been running since the 12th of June and we will be starting again in a few weeks’ time so we will take the luxury of resting down a few and giving them that extra time. Of course we still want to win the games and we will aim to win them but opportunities will be given to others.’

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