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ABERDEEN SEND DELIGHTED DEREK TO SEVENTH HEAVEN

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DEREK McINNES was overjoyed with the display of his Aberdeen players as they thrashed Motherwell 7-2 at Pittodrie last night.

The Dons boss watched as his team ran amok to present him with the biggest win during his managerial reign – and also the first time they had scored seven goals in a league match since 1992.

Adam Rooney took his goals tally for the season to 15 with a hat-trick, but it was on-loan Celt Ryan Christie’s wonderful flick from the outside of his boot into the top corner that earned most applause.

McInnes said: “We’ve seen the goal of the season from Ryan Christie. It was top drawer. With the outside of his boot, it’s so nonchalant and right into the stanchion.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the level of performance. Individually, there was such a high level of performance.

“It was such a strong team performance. To score so many goals and threaten to score many more was above expectations.”

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was in the Pittodrie crowd and would have been impressed with the performances of Christie’s midfield partners Ryan Jack and Kenny McLean.

McInnes added: “Ryan and Kenny are international players. They showed that tonight.

“For me, they’re going to have good Scotland careers and they did themselves no harm.”

Jonny Hayes, Andy Considine and Peter Pawlett got the other Dons’ goals with Ryan Bowman and Stephen Pearson hitting the consolation efforts for the visitors who now visit Parkhead on Saturday.

McInnes’ men are now three points above Rangers in second place after 24 games. They also have a vastly superior goal difference over the Ibrox side.

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