Football - McInnes impressed by Celtic fight

Dons boss Derek McInnes claimed it was Celtic's "determination" that made the difference in their 3-1 success.

PA Sport Report

Kris Commons opened the scoring in the 35th minute before former Hoops forward Niall McGinn levelled in first-half added time.

In an entertaining second half, Georgios Samaras hit the woodwork and McGinn had a shot tipped onto the post by Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster with three minutes remaining.

But, in the first of three added minutes, Derk Boerrigter - on for Teemu Pukki - prodded the ball over the line from close range before Commons grabbed his second.

McInnes said: "It wasn't quality that beat us and I mean that with all due respect to Celtic.

"They have loads of quality players and they are here because they are winners and more determined, more than anything.

"It was their determination to get the ball over the line which ended up beating us."

McGinn claimed Forster's save was "maybe a turning point" in the game.

"If that had gone in, it would maybe have been a different story," the Northern Irishman said.

"But fair play to Fraser, it was a great save, he just tipped it onto the post.

"Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. But I don't think that was the be all and end all.

"We gave away two late goals which was the disappointing thing."

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