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‘IT WASN’T PERFECT,’ McINNES

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DEREK McINNES was satisfied with Aberdeen’s point in the scoreless stalemate with Rangers at Ibrox yesterday.

The Pittodrie boss, however, was adamant the Dons made the best chances in a hard-fought contest and could have calimed a famous victory in Govan.

And he insisted the draw was fully deserved against Steven Gerrard’s men who could drop seven points behind Celtic if the champions overcome Hamilton Accies this afternoon.

McInnes, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “If you get a clean sheet at Ibrox with the talent in their dressing-room, you know you’ve done a lot of things right.

“We had bags of effort and concentration with Rangers always asking questions.

“Sometimes when you don’t take them it can be demoralising for the players, but we never let our heads go down.

“It wasn’t perfect because we didn’t win, but it was a good display and we deserved the draw, at least because we had the best chances.

“Sam Cosgrove led the line brilliantly – their two centre-backs knew they were in a game – but he took a heavy touch for a big opportunity in the first-half.

“I can understand, at a certain level, some of the criticism I’ve had. That comes with the territory.

“But we’ve been through tough spells in the past and we’ve proved that we always come through it. We just try to ignore the noise. We want to come out of February sitting third in the league and in the quarter-finals of the Cup.”

McInnes is now preparing his players for the visit of St Johnstone to Pittodrie on Wednesday.

The Perth outfit took a point from their rollicking 3-3 draw with Hearts at McDiarmid Park at the weekend.

 

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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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