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Aberdeen manager Barry Robson has described his side’s performance against Celtic as the best he’s seen for ‘a lot of years’ after this afternoon’s 3-1 defeat to the champions at Pittodrie.

Liel Abada and Kyogo Furahashi scored either side of Bojan Miovski’s equaliser to give Brendan Rodgers men a 2-1 lead at half time. Despite a strong second half display, Matt O’Riley’s late strike sealed all three points for the Hoops as they made it two wins from two to kick off the 2023/2024 season.

However, the Dons manager was very encouraged by his side’s aggressive and spirited performance saying:

“I’m not sure that the possession stats would’ve been too far away from each other today and I think we tried to play in a way that is aggressive and brings speed to the game. I think we did that.

“I think that’s as good a performance as you’ll see from an Aberdeen team against Celtic here for a lot of years.”

Robson also shared his praise for the quality of today’s opposition.

“What a game of football that was eh” he added. “I think you see we come up against a really good side, a treble-winning side with a top manager, I think you saw how brave we were. We were really brave.

“We tried to go really after them, and I think we made the game a bit of basketball at times. Sometimes it’s survival of the fittest out there, it was exciting stuff. It was dangerous from us at times, yeah, we get that, but we wanted to have a go and we wanted to try and win the game.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t, it was probably our own doing. A couple of individual errors at the end cost us but also the quality of the opposition as well.”

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