DEJECTED Derek McInnes admitted there was no disgrace in losing 3-0 to Celtic in the Betfred League cup Final at Hampden today.
The Pittodrie gaffer said: “Naturally I am very disappointed. There is a lot of pain and we are not feeling good about ourselves.
“We got beat by a better team. One of the differences between us and Celtic, especially in a Cup Final, we cannot have any below par performances.
“We needed eight, nine or 10 players playing well and I don’t think we quite got to that today.
“Celtic are a good side, we recognise that. They are a team who test your organisation and when we did get it right we were well in the game.
“We had some good spells. But when it wasn’t right we gave away opportunities.
“I know Rogic’s goal was a brilliant finish, but we had a couple of chances to deal with it. Forrest’s goal is a good finish, but he gets far too much space 30 yards from goal that allowed him to run at our back four.
“If you allow them the chance to run at you they will create openings. That was our problem, we needed to deal with their threat higher up the pitch.
“To do that you need to be brave and we did not do it enough.
“From set-plays we were decent and had a chance with Andy Considine’s header, it was a really good chance and I think he almost caught it too cleanly. But chances we few and far between, we cannot pretend otherwise.
“After the penalty was converted and we were never going to get back into the game after that.
“I don’t think there is any disgrace in losing to this Celtic team.
“But there is still real disappointment because I know we are better than we showed.”