Manager Derek McInnes was happy to silence a few doubters after his Aberdeen team drew with Celtic 3-3 at Pittodrie.
Lewis Ferguson had given the Dons a 1-0 lead at half-time before a bonkers second half. Callum McGregor equalised for Celtic prior to Ryan Hedges putting McInnes’ men back on top.
Two goals inside a minute from Leigh Griffiths and Ryan Christie looked to have sealed three points for Celtic before Ferguson stepped up in the final minute to take a merited share of the spoils.
Aberdeen haven’t been great against Celtic recently, losing 18 of their last 20 meetings heading into this encounter. When the game had gone 3-2 in the away team’s favour, those familiar questions arose.
Have this Dons side got the bottle to take points from Celtic? They answered at the death, although it wouldn’t have been a fair reflection of the game had they walked away with nothing.
McInnes was relieved that his played got some kind of reward for the effort they put into the match: “After going behind, we didn’t have much time to come back but if we hadn’t got something from the game it would have been an absolute travesty.
“We were so good with so much of our football in the second half. We’ve lost late on to Celtic in the past and people say hard luck and applaud your efforts and all that kind of nonsense, and I really couldn’t be doing with that today.
“We needed to get something from it, we did and it was no more than we deserved. We knew Celtic would have a lot of the ball and I didn’t want Ryan (Hedges) to be pushed too near our goal by their full-backs, I wanted him to be nearer their goal.
“So playing him more centrally helped us do that. He’s a goal threat, he’s a good counter-attacking player and a good ball carrier, but I wanted him to do it centrally, running off Olivier Ntcham.
“Even in the first half he was doing that, but especially in the second half when (Sam) Cosgrove came on and held the ball up. Playing him and Scott Wright really close to big Sam caused them trouble later on, we looked very dangerous at times.”