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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dons eye chance to open gap

Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes celebrates
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes celebrates
Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the match
Aberdeen's Adam Rooney heads the ball forward
Aberdeen's Shay Logan attempts to clear the ball Newsdesk Newsdesk

Derek McInnes is looking for Aberdeen to take their winning tally to seven in a row when they take on Hamilton tomorrow.

The Dons went two points clear of Celtic at the top of the Premiership with a 2-1 win over the champions at Pittodrie on Saturday.

Defender Paul Quinn scored an 86th minute winner after Adam Rooney's penalty had levelled Hoops' striker Leigh Griffiths' first-half spot-kick and Jonny Hayes saw red for a challenge on Parkhead defender Mikael Lustig.

The Granite City men set a club record of six successive league wins at the start of the season and could go five points clear in their home game in hand against Accies.

"That is an opportunity," said the Pittodrie boss. "Saturday was an opportunity to get to the top of the table and beat Celtic and Tuesday is an opportunity to keep that run going and go seven games, hopefully, and that is what we intend to do."

Worryingly for Celtic ahead of their Europa League group opener against Ajax in Amsterdam on Thursday, they were undone with another set-piece. Niall McGinn's free-kick from wide on the left travelled all the way into the six-yard box before Quinn side-footed it past Celtic keeper Craig Gordon.

Boss Ronny Deila acknowledged the problem, saying: "We have conceded a lot of goals in set-plays. It is something we have been working but we have to work more on it.

"We have to stop conceding goals in that way. It is very frustrating and very disappointing."

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