BRENDAN RODGERS has hit back at Derek McInnes and Graeme Shinnie after both attacked Celtic in the aftermath of losing a third final to Celtic in 3 seasons.
Shinnie and McInnes said Celtic ‘lacked class’ in their celebrations with both saying Lustig and Broony picked on Lewis Ferguson at full time.
Mikael explained himself afterwards and in no way was he going after Ferguson.
However, the Aberdeen duo spent a lot of time and energy after the game taking their frustration out on their perception of an incident.
Rodgers has put it to bed and thinks the pair’s emotions got the best of them.
The Celtic manager also thinks Shinnie losing another final to Celtic has made the player bitter towards some Celtic players.
“I didn’t know what they were speaking about at the time, but I know now and, from my watching it on the replay, there’s no way Mika was doing that.” Rodgers told Celtic TV.
“If you look at us as a team and our record, we are a very sporting team considering every game we play has huge pressure.”
“If he played with him and worked with him, then I’m sure Graeme would see Scott as one of the best professionals he has come across.
“They have lost their third cup final to us. There is emotion there, especially after a game like that where you have prepared so much.
“Especially for Graeme, who is probably wanting to emulate some of the captains who have gone before at Aberdeen. When you lose, it’s tough to take.”
Celtic won 1-0 on the day in a gritty Hampden Final. Aberdeen set up to frustrate and try and strangle the game which they did at times. However, there was no stopping Ryan Christie when he was bearing down on goal late in the first half.
That goal was enough to give Celtic their seventh consecutive domestic trophy and ensure a bitter response from the Dons duo.