Date: 2nd March 2015 at 10:12am
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Gordon Strachan has said that Aberdeen should take the positives from the loss to Celtic, because they were only ‘one or two’ passes away from our best performance at Celtic Park in the ‘past 20 or 30 years’ in his eyes.

Speaking to Sky Sports following the four nil defeat, Strachan said everybody would be disappointed, but that should be shook off and the opening 65 minutes especially should give everybody a big life.

‘If you are the manager of Aberdeen walking in to the dressing room after that game, what do you say to the players? For the first 65 minutes they are probably one or two passes away from their best performance here for the past 20 or 30 years. That’s how close they were, that was the difference.’

After that period the Scotland coach had to admit that the game turned ‘strange’ and Celtic could’ve scored five to be fair, but he felt that that would’ve been unfair on the side given the overall performance on the day.

‘That would not have been fair on Aberdeen and that would not have been right. Credit to Derek McInnes. He did not sit there doing nothing as it went to 3-0. At least he tried to make a change and make sure that they did not cave in. The players were spooked but the manager gave them some help. At least he could say that for 65 minutes or so they gave a great account of themselves. They have had no failures – just a couple of mistakes. Up to the second goal they did very well.’

Strachan goes further in saying that for an at least he thought we were the better team.

‘His decision to play three centre halves towards the end there was smart and he and his coaching staff can sleep easy.’

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