Strachan - Gods against us

Celtic boss rues missed chances

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan believes the 'football gods' were against his side in their Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat to Aberdeen.

Strachan saw his side lose their last eight replay against the Dons 1-0 on Tuesday as the Bhoys were guilty of missing a number of chances.

Darren Mackie hit a 69th-minute close range winner past Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc to stun Parkhead and set up a semi-final meeting with First Division Queen of the South.

And Strachan believes it was simply not his side's night as Celtic are now left with only the Scottish Premier League title as their chance of silverware this season.


"If the footballing gods had been looking down kindly tonight then we would have got through to the next round," Strachan said.

"We had enough chances but we are not at our sharpest in front of goal, but we will keep working at it.

"We ask the team to restrict the other side from making chances and we did that, and we ask the players to create chances and nobody can deny that we created chances. You can't ask for more than that.

"It's just that bit at the end and it's down to the players. There is nothing we can do about it but keep working hard in training."