Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes blasted League Cup final referee Andrew Dallas after Celtic’s 1-0 win at Hampden this afternoon, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
A Ryan Christie goal sent the Hoops on their way to a seventh successive domestic trophy, but he Dons boss felt that the on-fire midfielder should have been sent off during the 90 minutes.
Almost refusing to give the Hoops any credit, McInnes was clearly hurting after Brendan Rodgers’ side lifted the trophy.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the manager said:
At times man for man and at times really aggressive and I thought Celtic, although they had a lot of touches weren’t really causing problems.
We had chances but we need to make more of them, I was disappointed with the penalty kick given. My thought was that at the time that the ref gives it too quickly without thinking and he’s got it wrong.
I also feel Ryan Christie makes another yellow card challenge on Dom Ball on the half way line.
The referee has indicated that he played the ball and to play on and it was clear he had been brought down. These little things in the final can be pivotal.
Dallas struggled to assert himself on the match throughout the 90 minutes and there’s no doubting it was a poor performance, but Aberdeen got away with plenty too, which McInnes refuses to acknowledge.
Celtic created the opportunities to win by more than the one-goal margin, limiting Aberdeen to a handful of half chances. If Scott Sinclair and Odsonne Edouard had been more clinical, we could have won comfortably.
The Aberdeen manager will just have to continue to deal with Celtic’s success.