Date: 4th February 2016 at 6:45pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has described last night’s victory over Celtic as a very ‘important’ victory for Aberdeen this season.

Hosting Celtic at Pittodrie for the game, scoring was opened by a spectacular strike from Jonny Hayes and we doubled the margin just before half time with Simon Church grabbing his maiden club goal following his arrival from MK Dons.

Celtic did claw one back in injury time, but the game was over by then and saw the return of a vital three points.

Speaking to the Official Site following the victory in his post game press interviews, a delighted McInnes explained.

‘It was no more than we deserved. In terms of applying pressure in the penalty box we were the better team. Celtic started better, they showed good composure. It was a crackling atmosphere, a bit frantic, too frantic at times in terms of possession. As soon as Jonny brought that bit of quality there was a whole different slant on the evening. From then on in we got stronger. We got the second goal quickly after it and it was quite comfortable. Although you are never totally comfortable with the level of players that Celtic have.’

With a two goal lead going into the second half, McInnes went on to say he felt the next 45 largely passed without incident and he didn’t feel particular troubled by Celtic, but granted we didn’t really trouble them – the positive for him was good game management, but he did believe the penalty shout for Adam Rooney should’ve been awarded, but that was his in the moment feeling he hadn’t yet watched replays.

‘Griffiths got his goal at the end because you can’t always keep good players quiet. Thankfully it was too little too late. It was important that we won the game tonight. A lot was made last season of the fact that there were good performances against Celtic but we didn’t get the results. These opportunities were missed but we have taken two of the opportunities this season. We have been very consistent throughout, that’s 11 games unbeaten in the league. Celtic will always present the toughest fixture so it’s good to have beaten them twice this season and we move onto the next one. There are fourteen games to go and we need to try and go and beat a good St Johnstone side on Saturday.’

With Church making his debut, and scoring, he obviously came in for praise from the manager, but he wasn’t alone on that front.

‘Simon Church looked sharp and bright, he gets between the sticks which pleases me. Kenny got the header and he was away celebrating and Simon was away celebrating! It was a great debut for him to score in a game like that and contribute to a strong performance and a good three points. If we can good service he will more than prove his worth. Craig Storie did well but I am not surprised at that. There is a lot of trust in him from me. He knows the position and doesn’t do anything too flamboyant in there but he is capable of doing the job that we require. He has got good aggression, he is good in the air and he uses the ball well. Every team needs that understated player and he gives us good balance.’

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