Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has bizarrely claimed that Celtic were fortunate to defeat his team 3-0 at Celtic Park and that his side were the better team for long spells of the game.

The Hoops won the top of the table clash comfortably thanks to goals from Mikael Lustig, Jonny Hayes and Olivier Ntcham.

The game seemed fairly even in the first-half, but Aberdeen only created one real chance in that time, whilst after the Hoops took the lead they dominated the game and could have won the game by a far higher margin.

The Dons manager saw his side fall eight points behind the league leaders as Aberdeen’s long wait for a league win Parkhead continued, a record stretching back to 2004.

As quoted by the Sunday Post, McInnes felt that the goals the Hoops scored had elements of good fortune about them.

“I do think they got a huge slice of luck with their goals,” he said, even though his side were handsomely beaten.

“I thought we were the better team in the first half.

“Celtic started better but again, we gave them a goal. We had three assists for them.”

Since Brendan Rodgers has taken over at the Hoops he has won every game he has managed against Aberdeen, eight wins out of eight so far, including two cup final victories and a 3-0 win at Pittodrie in October.

The Bhoys have two games left before the winter break, beginning with a trip to Dundee on Boxing Day followed by a Glasgow derby against Rangers on Saturday.

In other Celtic news, the team expected to face Dundee has been selected

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