Derek McInnes reckons his Aberdeen side deserved to beat Celtic after his side went down swinging 2-1 against the champions.

The Red Army were hit with an early setback at Pittodrie. Celtic were able to captialise on free space in the final third, leading to Callum McGregor rifling a shot past Joe Lewis.

The Dons were stung early. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They showed spirit though and Ash Taylor brought the home side level. A ball into the box found the Welsh centre-back at the far post and he made no mistake with a lovely half-volley.

McInnes’ side were well in this game and dominated the large majority of the second half. They didn’t give Celtic a moment of peace as a high press up and down the park was implemented,

It made Kristoffer Ajer’s winner even more agonising when it hit the net. The Norwegian broke through on goal and slammed the ball high into Lewis’ net to send three points back to Glasgow.

Dejection at the end. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The weekend’s events mean there are now just five points separating Motherwell in third and Hibs in sixth. To be the best of the rest, McInnes will need more performances like this with a better end result.

Speaking to Aberdeen’s website, he thought the scoreline was harsh on his men: “There are plenty of positives to take from the performance. I am really pleased with our approach.

“When you play a team like Celtic who are in such good form and have so many good players, for me the game starts in the head before you go onto the pitch. You need the mindset to make the game go our way.

Pittodrie sickener. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“The conditions were difficult. But the game has still got to be played for both sets of players. We got after Celtic. I thought we were the better team. We said to our players that they have to have the exact same mindset. Do not settle for a point. Up until they scored the second goal, my team didn’t look as though they were going to settle for a point. We did everything that we could to ask the question.”

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