Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is ruing a piece of misfortune that ultimately had the Dons lose to Celtic.

Odsonne Edouard’s effort after eight minutes took a major deflection and beat Joe Lewis as Celtic grinded out a slender 1-0 victory.

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Celtic beat Aberdeen 1-0. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McInnes has hailed his defenders but is aware they perhaps should have scored after Ash Taylor header before the Celtic opener: “We started the game well. Obviously we created a couple of really good chances early on. We got the ball in the box, Ash did well to get the first one on target and unfortunately it hit the bar.

“Then the second one when it came back in, Bain’s made a good save but maybe he shouldn’t have been given the chance. Then Celtic got a bit of fortune with the goal, it’s a heavy deflection otherwise Joe is saving that. I thought we lost a wee bit of confidence from there for about 15 minutes, we never quite got the same press on them as we’d had initially.

“It’s not a simple as just getting man to man, it also has to be about us doing better with the ball. Having been a midfielder myself, it’s hard to get up the top end of the pitch when you see the ball keeps coming back at you and in that spell in the first half, we didn’t look after the ball well enough. We needed to play in their half more, which then gives you a better starting position.

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Battled hard. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Saying that, in that period, Welsh and Brown had most of the touches in the Celtic team rather than Edouard, Klimala and Christie, and although they had a lot of the ball, Joe had nothing much to do first half bar pick the ball out of the net from the deflection. The defenders were outstanding again. That’s real quality they were up against.”

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