ABERDEEN’S Derek McInnes has praised Scott McKenna’s defensive performance after the Dons played out a 1-0 victory at Fir Park earlier today.

On the back of Thursday’s 3-0 defeat to the ‘Well, Derek McInnes implemented young McKenna to atone for the defensive tragedies that led to the Pittodrie side exiting the Betfred Cup. The decision proved admirable as McKenna limited hitman, Louis Moult, to very little chances.

“I thought it was a good game for McKenna as he is an old-fashioned centre-half,” McInnes said. “He had a tough loan spell at Ayr last season but I never doubted him. We had to pick up the pieces and put the arm around him and he is slowly getting more confident.

“I thought about playing him on Thursday because of the type of game we were facing, and on Friday morning I decided he would definitely play to go and deal with that first header.”

Despite the performance of 20-year-old McKenna, McInnes thought that his side were far from the finished article as they moved to within two points of Celtic.

“It wasn’t perfect or polished or a performance full of any subtlety but it was exactly the type of display that was needed. We had to right a few wrongs from the other night.

“We were set up better, so I gave the players a better chance to deal with the threat of Motherwell.

The Dons face St Johnstone next week at Pittodrie, which could be an early opportunity to keep the pressure on Celtic and ensure a spot of breathing space from St Johnstone, Rangers and Hibs.


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