Aberdeen’s caretaker manager Peter Leven has revealed how a half time intervention helped his men to relax and carve out a point he feels they deserved against Celtic at Pittodrie.

Leven thought the Aberdeen players lacked belief in a first half where they were pinned back for long spells, and were still lacking in confidence following the departure of manager Barry Robson during the week.

He managed to get a reaction out of them after the interval though, and but for a poor miss by Graeme Shinnie, they might have had all three points.

“I expect us to be at it and as I said to them at half time, they just need to believe in themselves because they are a top team,” Leven said.

“You could see that in second half. 

“I just sat them down and said believe in yourselves, be brave because you are a top team. They were more confident, they were getting the ball under control, good chances.

“[I told them to] relax. Celtic are a good team, they are going to pin you back. We turned the possession over, we just needed to make a few more passes.  

“Celtic are going to press you in the first five seconds and I just said to them believe in yourselves, be brave and you could see that in the second half.”

Despite achieving such a creditable result in his first game in interim charge, Leven has no idea how many more games he will be at the helm.

When asked if he had been told anything about his future, he said: “Nothing. I just told the boys we are in tomorrow for recovery and I will just take it day by day. I don’t know [if I’ll be in charge on Tuesday at Ibrox].

“They are a great bunch of boys. You saw today they were running all over the pitch, they gave everything. Whoever is coming in will get a great team and great bunch of boys.”