Derek McInnes
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes walks on the pitch during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has criticized Celtic captain Mikael Lustig following his actions at the end of the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday.

Lustig appeared to wind up Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson at the end of the game after Celtic had secured the trophy following a 1-0 win over Derek McInnes’ men thanks to a late first-half goal from Ryan Christie.

“I just felt it was a bit unnecessary, his reaction to young Lewis,” McInnes said, according to the National.

“A grown man running into Lewis’s face and laughing and all the rest of it.”

“We’ve seen players from other clubs being yellow carded for that and a lot made of it. It was just. He was trying to goad young Lewis.”

“There was absolutely no need for it. Lewis kept his temperament well. He dealt with it well. If he was trying to get a reaction from Lewis, thankfully young Lewis was the grown up in the whole situation.”

Aberdeen now turn their attention to their Scottish Premiership game against title contenders, Rangers Football club on Wednesday as they look to move up the standings in the league.

Derek McInnes men are currently in seventh position and a win against Rangers at the Ibrox stadium could see them move up as high as fifth position if other results go their way.