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‘CELTIC GOT A HUGE SLICE OF LUCK,’ INSISTS SCROOGE McINNES

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DEREK McINNES watched Aberdeen lose their eighth successive game against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side who moved eight points clear at the top of the Premiership.

It was the Dons’ 25th consecutive league loss at Parkhead in a run that spans 13 years and they have also conceded SEVENTY goals over the period.

However, the Aberdeen gaffer was in no mood to give any praise to the champions.

He said: “There wasn’t a lot in this game. Celtic were very good when they beat us 3-0 at Pittodrie, but it was much closer on this occasion.

“Goals change games and we were guilty of not making the most of our chances in both halves.

“We are not without blame and it’s not just down to luck.

“But I do think they got a huge slice of luck with their goals.

“The first comes off Dominic Ball and totally diverts it in the other direction.

“It’s an untidy, slap-dash goal to separate the teams.

“If we’d gone in at 0-0 at half-time, the Celtic players would have come back to a different reception than they did.

“I thought we were the better team in the first-half.

“Celtic started better, but we gave them a goal. We had three assists for them.

“They got to the byeline and that can happen, but Mark Reynolds’ header comes off Kari Arnason and falls for Jonny Hayes.

“It’s 2-0 and, again, it was untidy. It wasn’t down to real quality from the opposition.

“That knocked the stuffing out of us and the injuries meant I didn’t have a lot of options from the bench.

“Then, at the third, Kenny (McLean) makes a mistake and I felt for him as he was terrific.

“Celtic then enjoyed the rest of the game and it was a tough watch.

“I will take the positives from the performance, though.”

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