Bhoys boss bemused by Braafheid

14 February 2010 08:30
The visitors appeared to have all three SPL points in the bag on Saturday when Aiden McGeady made it 4-2 with less than 20 minutes remaining.[LNB]However, three minutes later the Hoops left-back, on loan from Bayern Munich, mistimed his jump and handled the ball inside the penalty area, giving Steve MacLean the chance to reduce the deficit.[LNB]The Dons striker later dramatically levelled with two minutes left to dent Celtic's title hopes.[LNB]Rangers will have the chance to go 10 points clear again at the top of the Scottish Premier League when they play against Hibernian at Ibrox on Sunday.[LNB]Mowbray looked downbeat to say the least after the 4-4 draw, knowing his team passed up the chance to put the pressure on the Govan men.[LNB]"It is disappointing to lose the lead three times," he said.[LNB]"The game is never over but it should have been.[LNB]"At 4-2 their 'keeper made two great saves and it looked like the flow was going our way but we gave them a lifeline by conceding a penalty kick which was unexplainable.[LNB]"Can you explain it?[LNB]"The performance was not very good and the result was not very good but we got one point and we will wait and see."[LNB]Mowbray added: "I won't make excuses but we had a few defensive problems with injuries to key players.[LNB]"I'd like to think if we had more options we wouldn't have conceded the goals we did, but we did and we move on.[LNB]"We are functioning in one part of the pitch but not another, let's hope Hooiveld, Loovens and Hinkel are back pretty quickly.[LNB]"Let's judge us when we get the injured players back."[LNB]An exhilarating first half ended level after goals from Diomansy Kamara and Marc-Antoine Fortune had been cancelled out by Michael Paton and Darren Mackie.[LNB]The visitors went two clear with goals from Robbie Keane and McGeady, but their late collapse - and the sending-off of defender Darren O'Dea for picking up two yellow cards - will have been savoured by Rangers.[LNB]Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee had been involved in some controversy before the game.[LNB]However, contrary to speculation, he did not field a weakened team ahead of Tuesday's Scottish Cup fifth-round replay against Raith Rovers which extinguished immediately any conspiracy theories suggesting the former Celtic striker was helping his old club.[LNB]McGhee had been raging at such suggestions and consequently cancelled his pre-match press conference on Friday.[LNB]After taking the point from Celtic, he hit out at sections of the media.[LNB]"It was scandalous the way it was spun," the former Celtic and Aberdeen striker said.[LNB]"The people who wrote that disappointed me because as far as I'm concerned they questioned my professional integrity.[LNB]"It is insulting to me and I feel I was betrayed.[LNB]"I was talking to Walter Smith at Hampden on Thursday and the most important person to ask if he had any doubts as to my commitment to beating Celtic is Walter.[LNB]"I have tried very hard to cultivate relationships with the press, appreciate what they have to do and help them as much as I can.[LNB]"I will say it again, I was brought up a Celtic supporter, like all of us we have a club and that doesn't change,[LNB]"But I wanted to walk down Byres Road (in Glasgow) and look Rangers fans in the eye with them knowing that I am trying to take points off Celtic as well as Rangers.[LNB]"I will leave Aberdeen fans to judge for themselves as to our commitment and determination to take something out of the game."[LNB]McGhee believed his side could still recover even when they went two down in the second half.[LNB]He said: "We could have done better defensively but even at 4-2 I still thought we could get back in the game.[LNB]"I felt if we could get a goal back quick enough then we could something from the game so I wasn't surprised when the fourth goal went in."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk