McInnes describes management as no bed of roses as Aberdeen go to Celtic for Hoops first game without Lennon: Saturday game’s Preview

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes puts out one fire than straight after faces a blaze.

Last Saturday the Dons ended a run of six games and over nine hours without scoring in the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock. This week the Dons go back to Celtic Park, the second time in three matches, where they haven’t won in six – lost five, drawn one.

In his pre-match press conference before the game McInnes described modern day management as “no bed of roses”.

It was a bed of something else for Neil Lennon who has suffered all season and finally resigned as Celtic boss this week after the Hoops dismal one-nil loss to Ross County at the weekend. His assistant John Kennedy will be in the dugout for the game against Aberdeen.

McInnes said in his press conference when he talks to managers of past eras they look on in astonishment at what managers have to put up with in the modern day game.

Neil Lennon was asked about his future consistently for over three months, in one pre-match interview he had to answer 23 questions.

McInnes had a lot of sympathy for the Hoops boss who he regarded as a friend and says once the dust settles Hoops supporters will respect Lennon’s achievements at the club.

On Lennon’s departure, McInnes said: This season he has been a bit of a punchbag for others and he has had a lot of criticism that has come his way.

“When you see the points difference between Celtic and Rangers, it is more than just a manager who is at fault. Time will be kind to Neil.”

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Another person McInnes is sorry for is striker Fraser Hornby who, after playing only his fourth game for the Dons in securing a loan spell till the end of the season, looks to be out for a considerable period of time with a thigh injury.

McInnes also confirmed the game comes to early for Jonny Hayes who is out with a hamstring problem.

On Hornby’s situation, McInnes said: “The length of the tear that he has got, and the scan suggest that he will be out for a long time.

“We can’t sit back and feel sorry for ourselves. We have got to now try and contend with that and concentrate on the players that we do have available to us.”

“Between now and the end of the season we are going to have to produce some big results. If it is going to be a tight game, it is up to us to make it go our way.”

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McInnes was obviously delighted for Callum Hendry scoring his first goal for the club, a historic mark against Killie which ended the unwanted goal drought record set in the previous six games.

Having picked up only ten points from thirty this year – two wins in ten – McInnes says the onus to change this record is on Aberdeen.

McInnes said: “It was a fantastic cross from Niall and a brilliant header from Callum, it was a great goal.

“We are hoping that we can get a tune out of the boys at the top end of the pitch.

“Between now and the end of the season we are going to have to produce some big results. If it is going to be a tight game, it is up to us to make it go our way and that would be a significant result for us.”

Finally Florian Kamberi was subject to online abuse before the Killie game.

The internet trolls seem to be a growing cancer on the game with further reports of abuse recorded down South including towards England international Marcus Rashford.

From McInnes’ descriptions of Kamberi’s behaviour this week, the forward seems unaffected by the unwanted attention.

On Kamberi, McInnes said: “He is extremely hard working. He reminds me a lot of Marley Watkins.

“He has done well to come through three lots of 90 minutes considering his last lot of 90 minutes were when he was a Hibs player.

“In terms of his effort and his enthusiasm he has been a 10/10.”

Celtic v Aberdeen, SPL, Saturday 27th Feb, KO 3pm.

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