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Sunday 17 December 2017

WATCH - Furious Motherwell boss Mark McGhee involved in angry exchange with Aberdeen fans after being sent off

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee claims he will be consulting a lawyer about his treatment after being sent to the stands during his side's embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Aberdeen last night.

Jonny Hayes had the Dons in front after just two minutes, and there were further strikes from Andy Considine, Adam Rooney and Ryan Christie before the first half was done.

Rooney netted two more goals after the interval before Ryan Bowman and Stephen Pearson found the net for the visitors but Peter Pawlett added a seventh for Aberdeen..

McGhee was ejected from the dugout after an hour, but says the decision was a result of fourth official John McKendrick's overzealous attitude rather than a misdemeanour.

He said: "I'm absolutely disgusted and horrified by the attitude of the fourth official. Before a ball was kicked, he was causing issues that didn't exist.

"I'm not blaming the referee, because he can only go by what the fourth official said."

Asked if he would be speaking to referee chief John Fleming, McGhee continued: "John Fleming? I'll be speaking to a lawyer. I can only think there is an agenda."

With his side 4-0 down before his sending off, McGhee admitted his side were outplayed.

"We started badly and never recovered," he said. "We set ourselves out to play exactly how they played.

"We were aware of the poor quality of the pitch and wanted to keep it simple. We tried to do what they were doing, but they did it better than us.

"The goals were diabolical. It was uncharacteristic, because we lose games but not usually in that manner."

McGhee did not take kindly to being filmed by Aberdeen fans after he was sent to the stands.

With a trip to face Celtic looming this weekend, though, McGhee remained in a positive mood.

"We'll lick our wounds and see what we can do," he added. "We've got an easier game on Saturday!"

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