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December 2, 2018 11:56 pm Author: AFC Media Team

“It was a strong performance. We allowed certain Celtic players to have possession of the football and nullified any real threat they had. They have been in very good form but I thought we limited them to very few chances if truth be told.

“I am pleased with the way we started. I am pleased with the intent of the team, snapping into tackles, I thought we broke into the wider areas well in the early stages and there was enough in the game to suggest we could get something from it.

“So I was pretty pleased with how things were going.

“When Gary gets injured it was a great chance. It is a great ball in from Shay with his left foot and Gary gets caught by Boyata and there was real concern as he was unconscious for a bit. Thankfully Gary was ok but maybe that lull in play affected our concentration.

“It should not have done.

“It was something we spoke about before the game and the gap for him to run into was too big. We were unfortunate though as Joe makes a great save and it could have gone anywhere, but the ball falls back to Christie and he manages to get in the net.

“It was a real sore one because it changed a lot of what we were going to say at half time, but I thought the appetite in the second half was every bit as good. I thought we gave ourselves a chance.

“They have better players and they have a bigger and better squad, but we showed today we can complete against good teams in the league and we were unfortunate with a few things fizzing about the box. But the goal does not come.

“There was a lot of effort and a lot of pride in the performance. I was pleased with the younger ones, Lewis Ferguson, Connor McLennan when he came on. These boys will be the heart beat of Aberdeen in the future.

“I am determined to come back here as a winner. I think the experience of losing today will build their character and give them the determination and desire to go again.

“So disappointed with a lot of things, some of the decisions, but a lot of pride in the performance and I think the supporters recognised the players efforts which is always important.”

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