When questioned about the forward's display, Gerrard said per Express: "To be fair to Umar, in the last two or three weeks he had shown signs of improvement".
He said: "Our argument is weakened based on a semi-final".
Neither side had many chances during the game, with the 'Gers only managing to get one shot on target before Lewis Ferguson headed in from a corner kick in the 79th minute for the victor. They deserved to go through because they created that bit of magic in the business end of the box and they punished us on a set piece, so we got what we deserved. "We're really disappointed and we've now got a point to prove against Kilmarnock on Wednesday".
"It was nearly a repeat of Thursday, where we got into the final third but we weren't good enough to create that final chance we needed to score a goal".
Aberdeen have faced criticism for their league form this year but McInnes insists their recent drop in form is only a blip. "At least we're putting ourselves in a position to be criticised".
If this were to go ahead as a 50/50 split, there would be at least 5,000 Celtic fans who attended the semi-final being locked out of Hampden while Aberdeen fans who didn't bother to back their side getting to the game.
"If they're not with us right now, I'll find them". It is a disappointing day because we miss out on a final.
"Do I think we can beat Celtic over a cup tie?"
Rangers fans did outnumber them, by almost four to one, and on the field it often felt like they were being swarmed over too as Steven Gerrard's team came at them in a cup-tie higher in drama than quality. "It's not going to be easy but we're 90 minutes away from doing it".