Parkhead inquest

The Dons have lost at Parkhead by 7 goals to nil again.

In black and white that statement looks very downbeat, scandalous and scary.

However when you start to look around the edges you will see that all is not as bad as it might seem.

The Dons dominated the opening 25 minutes of Sunday's game, with some of the best football that Aberdeen have played at Parkhead for years. But for a fine save from Rab Douglas and some hesitant play from Scott Michie and Nicolas Fabiano the Dons could well have been two goals ahead in that opening spell.

Also consider the hampered build up to the match which the Dons endured. Our game with Motherwell was postponed due to virtually our entire playing staff being struck down with a sickness and diarrhoea bug - that caused some players to lose half a stone in weight in just three days.

Most of the squad returned to light training on Friday but were in no condition to be playing any game - let alone away from home against the champions.

For that very reason we cannot over-react and be too critical of the team - as it is impossible to ascertain how much of the defeat was down to the players fitness and how much due to a poor performance.

Personally, I believe that the Dons players gave their all, and just ran out of steam due to being low on fitness thanks to the illness, which led to Celtic swamping the team.

Bring on Motherwell on Wednesday night!