Aberdeen asked questions of Celtic on Sunday- but unfortunately they couldn’t provide their own answers as Derek McInnes looks ahead to tonight’s Scottish Cup match.
The Dons lost 2-1 to Celtic on Sunday. A Callum McGregor effort had them on the ropes slightly after nine minutes but an excellent Ash Taylor strike got McInnes’ men back on level terms.
They dominated large parts of the second half but a Kristoffer Ajer goal sealed things for Celtic. It’s a sore one for Aberdeen but the performance is certainly one to be built on.
McInnes will now take his men to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock this evening. The victor of this Scottish Cup Fifth Round replay will meet St Mirren in ten days time for a chance to reach Hampden and a semi-final.
It’s a case of dusting down from Sunday and moving the focus onto tonight’s Rugby Park encounter. The Aberdeen boss believes his team matched Celtic all the way as he acknowledges the Killie strengths his men will encounter.
He told Aberdeen’s website: “When you go in against a team of Celtic’s quality you have got to let them know that they are in a game. We did everything that we wanted to do in the game, other than get the result.
“On Sunday we asked the question of Celtic, we got plenty of the ball into decent areas of the pitch. At 1-1, when the game is in the balance, we never got that second goal that our play merited. We dust ourselves down and we concentrate on cup business. The last three games have been a bit more like it from what I would expect.
“We have got a healthy regard for Kilmarnock’s qualities. They are a good side; they can get the job done home and away by following through their instructions. Everybody knows their job on the pitch.”