Dons’ game with Motherwell snowed off as boss McInnes insists his Reds can take the flak

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Outside Fir Park this morning.

Aberdeen’s Premiership match with Motherwell tonight was called off after the “Beast from the East” pelted Scotland with heavy snow.

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) made the decision with the Red Army facing a near 300-mile round trip to watch their team play the Fir Park side.

It is understood, after Police and Transport Scotland encouraged the public to stay off of the roads unless completely necessary, both clubs had called for the match to be postponed.

The North-east could see up to 40cm (more than 15in) of snowfall from the current bad weather, with gusts of wind also set to reach 40mph.

The SPFL also postponed Celtic’s home game with Dundee and Hamilton Accies’ trip to Easter Road to face Hibs.

New dates for the fixtures are still to be announced.

Motherwell chief operating officer Alan Burrows tweeted this video of the Fir Park pitch  covered in a blanket of snow:

Meanwhile, boss Derek McInnes today claimed both he and the Dons can handle the criticism after a 10th straight loss to Celtic.

The under fire Reds crashed 2-0 to the Premiership leaders to lose valuable ground in the race to finish runners-up.

It was the second successive defeat for the Dons having also lost 2-0 at Hibs.

That dip in form allowed Rangers to overtake the Reds in second spot.

McInnes expected “noise” and “criticism” following another loss but is determined to get the Premiership campaign back on track.

The Dons face a Scottish Cup quarter-final against Kilmarnock on Saturday and will welcome back skipper Graeme Shinnie and attacker Ryan Christie, who both missed the clash against the league leaders.

McInnes said: “When results don’t come, criticism comes.

“You don’t become involved in football management if you don’t think criticism is part of what you sign up for. The fall-out when you lose games, there is always a lot of noise and criticism that comes.

“We just have to try to deal with what is important.

“And that is to get the players in a good frame of mind ready to be at their best to get a winning performance.

“We try to deal with criticism and praise in the same manner.

“We will just concentrate on the next game and the players have been very adept at dealing with that over the years.”

Aberdeen fell 12 points behind Celtic following Sunday’s defeat to the league leaders.

It came just a week after a 2-0 loss at Hibs where McInnes admitted his side were “murdered” in the second half.

Asked if confidence within his squad has been dented by back-to-back defeats, he said: “No. They are disappointed and frustrated as they all felt we were very close to getting a result against Celtic.

“It has not been often in games against Celtic in recent seasons where we have had more shots on target.

“We were almost in their penalty box twice as much as they were in ours.

“The stats show that. “We gave ourselves a chance.”

Ultimately, though, Aberdeen were behind in the only stat that matters – goals for.

McInnes admits their lack of cutting edge cost them.

He said: “The most important stat though is scoring goals and we were inches away on a few occasions from scoring.

“They are the defining moments, but at least we gave ourselves the chance to create those opportunities.

“Ultimately, we have lost the game because we didn’t take the chances and Celtic found enough quality with both their goals to separate the teams.

“But that is as close as we have been to them in terms of getting a result – no one will tell me any differently.

“That is not to say we are not disappointed and we should accept defeat.”