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Lennon admits Celtic were second best in Aberdeen loss

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that his side were simply not good enough in their 2-1 Scottish Cup loss to Aberdeen on Saturday.

The Hoops were eliminated from the competition in the fifth round despite scoring early through Anthony Stokes as goals from Russell Anderson and Peter Pawlett sent the Dons through to the quarter-finals.

After the match, Lennon said his Celtic side were not near their best but took nothing away from Derek McInnes' charges who will meet Championship side Dumbarton in the next stage.

"Defensively and midfield-wise we were second best," Lennon said.

"We started the game well and then our passing was just so poor. We never really had a concerted period of pressure to work the Aberdeen goalkeeper (Jamie Langfield).

"It's very difficult to single out any player with any credit - Stokes possibly and James (Forrest) maybe had a spark but the rest of the team were very flat.

"That is as poor as we have played for a long, long time. There was a flatness about our play today and I don't know where that has come from. It's in our DNA as a club - we want to defend the Cup.

"There was no excuse for today, that was a poor performance and we have to accept the criticism that will come our way.

"But you have got to give credit to Aberdeen, they came here with a game plan and it worked out well for them."

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