DEMORALISED Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admitted his team could not live with rampant Celtic as the champions thumped their nearest challengers 3-0 at Pittodrie.

The gutted Dons gaffer watched in anguish as a magnificent strike from Kieran Tierney and two typical goals from Moussa Dembele blew his team apart – for the SEVENTH time inside two seasons.

Brendan Rodgers has never lost to a Scottish team and was delighted as the Hoops extended their unbeaten domestic run to a remarkable 61 games.

McInnes admitted: “It was a tough watch for myself and the supporters.

“It was a tough evening for my players and I felt for them.

“They gave us a lesson. I can still be annoyed at the goals we lost, but they were very good. There’s no criticism of my players for the way the game played out or for their effort.

“We want to be as competitive as we can be, but when Celtic play like that, there’s a huge gulf between them and every other team domestically.”

Aberdeen had been unbeaten in the league before the visit of the Parkhead outfit and McInnes said his focus was on returning to winning ways on Saturday.

He added: “We just get back on now. I won’t think about that game.

“When I go to bed it’s about Ross County on Saturday and making sure there’s no hangover.”

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