Since the sacking of Caixinha on October 26 and McInnes being installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed him (1/25 on) Aberdeen have only secured seven points from a possible eighteen. On the eve of Primark Pedro’s dismissal, Celtic stepped up a gear to wipe the floor with McInnes’ first team, minus Ryan Christie.
Some are suggesting that McInnes has downed tools to assist his new club. I dismiss this out of hand. McInnes and Tony Docherty are consummate professionals. Honest journeymen coaches who made one breakthrough in 2014 with a league cup triumph. The speculation apropos Lite’s interest has not unsettled McInnes. However it has unsettled his players. Why run through a brick wall for a manager with one foot out the door? Why take another injection to delay surgery?
After the defeats by Hamilton and Dundee, I thought Aberdeen were a stick-on for at least four points. Losing both games put a real dent in their season. Is their time as Scotland’s second club well and truly over?
Lite were good value for the three points, although Windass was offside when scoring as the ball had travelled slightly forward into his path. Wilson’s looping header was a thing of beauty. Aberdeen had no answer for Pena, Windass and Miller who ran them ragged. The NED (Non-educated delinquent) Ryan Jack was rightly sent-off for a shocking assault after he had passed the ball. He followed through in an attempt to maim a fellow professional. This guy is a fucking disgrace who should be serving a long suspension. If his assaults – let’s call them what they are – had been perpetrated in England, the FA would have thrown the book at him. Lite will probably appeal as they know the Judicial Panel is bent and might well rescind his red card. Only in Scotland.
Windass’ dive was so obvious that he needs to spend more time on the training ground to practise trailing his leg at a cone. His cheating deserved more than a yellow card. I’m sure it will get better as the season progresses.
I listened intently to McInnes’ post-match interview. This guy is going nowhere. My source who contends that his move is a done deal stepped up with the detail that Tony Docherty – who is fervently Celtic-minded – had to be persuaded to join his gaffer at Lite. However I’m not convinced and if truth be told I have never been convinced.
Mcinnes has always been honest. He made his statement and when pressed reverted to Milne’s statement. They have a good working relationship. Once the Lite manager’s caravan moves on Aberdeen will bounce back to bark some more. With Mcinnes and Docherty in charge they will move onward and upward. Will Murty get the nod until the end of the season or will lite pursue Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock? They could do much worse. Paul Lambert anyone? Steve Bruce? Probably not. They don’t pay well enough to attract the cream. They offer a low basic and a generous bonus, typically £500,000, which comes with unrealistic strings attached.
The main winner this weekend was Celtic.The gap to Scotland’s second best team is now seven points, with three more up grabs from a game in hand. Motherwell were so comprehensively beaten that they uncharasterically did not spit their dummy. Odsonne Edouard started as Dembele was out from Kipre’s shocking tackle and Griffiths was rested for the crucial game against Anderlecht. Edouard netted three. He deserves a club to call his own. PSG is a circus act.
So despite the media maelstrom surrounding McInnes, the real action was at Celtic Park as the CFC juggernaut took their tally to 67 games unbeaten. Lite will have to think again on how best to stop them. McInnes is not the answer, despite a glut of questions from a desperate SMSM.