McInnes insists Celtic wouldn’t have beat Aberdeen 4-0 if Ferguson played

Joe Lewis Captain at Aberdeen FC takes part in the first training session at Aberdeen FC's new facility at Cormack Park ahead of the SPFL fixture against Kilmarnock at the weekend. (Photo by Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes claims the Dons wouldn’t have been hammered 4-0 by Celtic, if Lewis Ferguson was able to play.

The u21 Scotland international was unable to play through suspension, after a straight red against Hibs last month.

Ferguson showed exactly what he was made of against Hamilton in midweek, with a man-of-the-match performance.

McInnes said:”When we went 4-3-3 you could see his power, drive and tenacity which is key for me and the team. ​

“You forget his age at times but he keeps getting better and better.​

“I don’t think we lose in the manner we did to Celtic if he is in the team. ​

“He is aggressive, cares and makes tackles but we try to get the balance right between his work with the Scotland under-21s.

​”He plays every game when available for me as I can’t leave him out and I don’t intend to.”​