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CELTIC ‘SPOOKED’ US, ADMITS McINNES

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DEFIANT Derek McInnes insists Aberdeen will not get spooked again when they face Celtic at Pittodrie in a High Noon showdown tomorrow.

The Dons were hit by a furious first-half onslaught from the champions in October and were trailing 4-0 at half-time with the game already over as a contest.

Odsonne Edouard got the ball rolling with a mesmerising solo goal before tucking the ball beyond the stretching Joe Lewis. The keeper was also invited to pick efforts from Jeremie Frimpong, Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Forrest from the back of his net before 45 minutes of torture came to a merciful halt.

McInnes, who saw his side score their first goals of 2020 in the 3-1 win at Hamilton on Tuesday, is adamant there will be no action replay this time around.

The Dons gaffer, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “At home, it is very unusual for us to go behind and lose so many goals in a 45-minute period at home.

GOAL…Joe Lewis cannot stop an effort from Christopher Jullien putting Celtic ahead in December. Scott Brown and Lewis Ferguson get a close-up view.

“I felt frustrated as I have been that day. We were too passive, nice, too respectful and too timid if I was being honest. We got spooked by Celtic’s movements.

“Celtic were good and clinical, but I expected us to be better – and it has been better since then.

“We have had two draws against Rangers, we have played against some very good players and been far more competitive.

“You are right to mention it because it was the last game against Celtic at home and it is a reminder of their capabilities if we allow that to happen.

“For us, we have to make sure that isn’t how the game plays out and it has to be far more like that last game at Parkhead and the two games against Rangers.”

SEEING RED…Sam Cosgrove looks shocked as referee Euan Anderson sends him off.

Goals from Christopher Jullien and Odsonne Edouard gave the Hoops a 2-1 win in December when the visitors finished with 10 men after their scorer Sam Cosgrove was red-carded following a wayward challenge on Kristoffer Ajer.

McInnes also thinks the champions’ squad is as strong as it has been and Neil Lennon has real strength and depth.

He added: “Domestically, that can make it tough for any team to challenge them, but there is still a 90-minute performance in us and other teams to get the job done.

“You need things to go your way as you have to make sure your own game is as competitive as it can be.

“But there is a performance in us that can beat Celtic and it is important we show that against them on Sunday.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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