Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen: Penalty call irks Dons boss Derek McInnes

Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen: Penalty call irks Dons boss Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes believes Aberdeen should have enjoyed the “fortune” of a penalty in their 1-0 defeat by Celtic.

David Turnbull’s strike took Celtic to within 15 points of Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.

After the goal, Florian Kamberi’s cross struck Stephen Welsh’s hand in the Celtic box and the Dons’ scoreless run continued to a record sixth game.

“Where we are just now, we’re looking for those little breaks and right decisions,” McInnes told BBC Scotland.

“You’re looking for a bit of fortune at times and also a bit of quality. The fortune should come with the penalty kick that we never got that should be a penalty.”

McInnes’ side, in fourth place, remain four points behind Hibernian, who have a game in hand, while Neil Lennon’s Celtic and Rangers have both played 29 of their 38 league games.

And the Dons boss accepts the club need to “take responsibility” for their unwanted record adding: “It’s only us that can change it.”

Kamberi should have made more of a tame effort that Scott Bain collected moments before the Turnbull opener.

The midfielder was afforded far too much space when receiving Callum McGregor’s pass midway inside Aberdeen’s half and punished the visitors with a fierce low strike past Joe Lewis.

Swiss striker Kamberi claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty after his cross came off Welsh’s hand and Dean Campbell then got in behind Celtic’s defence to cross for Fraser Hornby, who could not connect.

Kamberi was inches away from levelling when he collected a loose ball and fired powerfully against the left upright.

Odsonne Edouard tested Lewis as Celtic looked to make the scoreline more comfortable and Turnbull’s next shot was deflected wide.

McGregor and Turnbull combined again early in the second period but the latter’s shot was hacked clear.

Hornby got decent purchase on a shot on the edge of Celtic’s box but Bain was untroubled.

Ryan Christie’s lob dropped over the Aberdeen bar amid a raft of changes from both sides and substitute Patryk Klimala was denied by Lewis.

And, in stoppage time, Aberdeen poured players forward and Tommie Hoban’s volley was blocked by Welsh.

Man of the match – David Turnbull

David Turnbull celebrates after scoring for Celtic against Aberdeen
Turnbull was a driving force, always trying to make things happen for Celtic and getting the vital opener

What did we learn?

Celtic were less dominant than they had been in recent games and rarely threatened to move up through the gears.

Edouard’s return to form has been the catalyst for their recent resurgence but Turnbull has impressed consistently since becoming a regular in the starting line-up.

Aberdeen’s performance was a vast improvement on Saturday’s stalemate with St Mirren and their continued lack of goals is not for the want of trying.

However, if they are to persist with 3-5-2, they will need to get their wide men much further forward to create more chances.

What did they say?

Celtic ‘stood strong’ in narrow win – Kennedy

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy: “Second half we had to grind out, first half we were really comfortable. A really well worked goal.

“When it’s 1-0, teams are always going to throw everything at it. We stood really strong. We defend the box really well.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “A fantastic strike from Turnbull and Joe’s maybe had one other save.

“I still felt we had the best couple of chances in the game with Kamberi hitting the post and running through on goal.”

Aberdeen must ‘take responsibility’ for goal drought

What’s next?

Celtic are away to Scottish Premiership bottom side Ross County on Sunday (19:30 GMT). Aberdeen are at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday (15:00).

Player of the match

KamberiFlorian Kamberi

with an average of 6.34


  1. Squad number57Player nameWelsh

  2. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull

  3. Squad number35Player nameAjer

  4. Squad number17Player nameChristie

  5. Squad number16Player nameKenny

  6. Squad number29Player nameBain

  7. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

  8. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  9. Squad number22Player nameEdouard

  10. Squad number12Player nameSoro

  11. Squad number18Player nameRogic

  12. Squad number11Player nameKlimala

  13. Squad number8Player nameBrown

  14. Squad number10Player nameAjeti

  15. Squad number27Player nameElyounoussi


  1. Squad number22Player nameKamberi

  2. Squad number40Player nameMcCrorie

  3. Squad number19Player nameFerguson

  4. Squad number4Player nameConsidine

  5. Squad number3Player nameHoban

  6. Squad number1Player nameLewis

  7. Squad number24Player nameCampbell

  8. Squad number14Player nameTaylor

  9. Squad number7Player nameHornby

  10. Squad number33Player nameKennedy

  11. Squad number17Player nameHayes

  12. Squad number18Player nameMcLennan

  13. Squad number9Player nameHendry

  14. Squad number10Player nameMcGinn

  15. Squad number15Player nameMcGeouch



Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 29Bain
  • 16Kenny
  • 57Welsh
  • 35Ajer
  • 3Taylor
  • 12SoroSubstituted forBrownat 72′minutes
  • 17Christie
  • 14TurnbullSubstituted forElyounoussiat 81′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forKlimalaat 81′minutes
  • 10AjetiSubstituted forRogicat 62′minutes


  • 1Barkas
  • 4Duffy
  • 8Brown
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Klimala
  • 18Rogic
  • 27Elyounoussi
  • 56Ralston
  • 93Laxalt


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Lewis
  • 3Hoban
  • 14Taylor
  • 4Considine
  • 33KennedySubstituted forMcGinnat 77′minutes
  • 40McCrorie
  • 19FergusonBooked at 88mins
  • 24CampbellSubstituted forMcGeouchat 82′minutes
  • 17HayesSubstituted forMcLennanat 62′minutes
  • 7HornbySubstituted forHendryat 77′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 22Kamberi


  • 2Logan
  • 9Hendry
  • 10McGinn
  • 15McGeouch
  • 18McLennan
  • 23Ross
  • 26Virtanen
  • 29MacKenzie
  • 43Woods

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Celtic 1, Aberdeen 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Aberdeen 0.

  3. Scott Bain (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

  5. Foul by Patryk Klimala (Celtic).

  6. Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

  8. Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a cross following a corner.

  9. Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

  10. Attempt blocked. Callum Hendry (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Considine with a headed pass.

  11. Attempt missed. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ash Taylor with a cross.

  12. Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

  13. Attempt saved. Patryk Klimala (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Christie with a through ball.

  14. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

  17. Offside, Aberdeen. Ross McCrorie tries a through ball, but Niall McGinn is caught offside.

  18. Patryk Klimala (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

  20. Foul by Patryk Klimala (Celtic).

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