Rangers 2 – 1 Aberdeen

Rangers moved level on points with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic after beating Aberdeen 2-1 at Ibrox as Neil Warnock suffered defeat in his very first video game in charge of the Dons.

Philippe Clement’s side, who understood a win by a minimum of 3 objectives would take them to the top of the table, made the ideal start as Rabbi Matondi struck to provide the lead in the seventh minute.

Rangers controlled most of the very first half however a 2nd objective was not upcoming, and they were penalized right on the stroke of half-time as Bojan Miovski scored his 8th league objective in 9 matches to bring Warnock’s side level.

Aberdeen continued to annoy after the break however the Rangers pressure ultimately informed as Todd Cantwell continued his great scoring go to put his side back into the lead.

Rangers' Todd Cantwell celebrates after scoring vs Aberdeen
Rangers’ Todd Cantwell commemorates after scoring vs Aberdeen

There was late drama as alternative Dujon Sterling saw red for a late obstacle on Jack MacKenzie, regardless of referee Don Robertson being sent out for a pitchside evaluation, however Rangers endured 8 minutes of blockage time to hang on for what might show to be an important 3 points in the title race.

The outcome stacks the pressure on Celtic, who have the possibility to restore their three-point benefit at the top when they take a trip to Easter Roadway to deal with Hibernian on Wednesday, survive on Sky Sports (kick-off 8pm).

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How Rangers stacked the pressure on Celtic …

Rangers' Rabbi Matondo celebrates after scoring vs Aberdeen
Rangers’ Rabbi Matondo commemorates after scoring vs Aberdeen.

Warnock’s consultation at Aberdeen till completion of the season had actually recorded interest UK-wide however his side lagged early.

The home advocates were up for the video game and quickly had something to cheer as Rangers made a turbo-charged start. The early objective was started by Matondo’s interception and pass to Cantwell. The Gers gamer moved the ball on to winger Ross McCausland whose low drive from the edge of package appeared to do not have genuine power to difficulty Kelle Roos however he spilled the shot to the on-rushing Matondo who blasted it into the web from close quarters.

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Rabbi Matondo opened the scoring for Rangers versus Aberdeen with an instinctive surface early on at Ibrox.

Matondo then was reluctant before getting a shot away after he had actually sculpted open the Aberdeen defence, and his effort was obstructed for a corner which Tom Lawrence headed over.

Rangers appeared in control however when midfielder Connor Barron lobbed the ball forward it captured the Light Blues taking a snooze and Miovski warded off protector Connor Goldson and slipped the ball past Jack Butland with guarantee to stun Ibrox.

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Bojan Miovski scored his 20th objective of the season in design by dinking the ball past Jack Butland as Aberdeen equalised versus Rangers.

The objective not did anything for the Rangers nerves and there was a various feel to the start of the 2nd half.

Roos made conserves from Matondo and Cyriel Dessers however the flag was up for offside. That sufficed for Clement. Matondo gave way for brand-new kid Oscar Cortes, the Colombian winger on loan from Lens, with Fabio Silva changing Dessers.

Aberdeen were pinned back in their own half however a well-organised and figured out defence kept a significantly frenzied Rangers at bay.

The Dons pushed back a series of corners with Roos obstructing a Lawrence shot with his foot following among Ridvan Yilmaz’s shipments.

Nevertheless, Lawrence’s next effort from range was poisonous and although the Pittodrie keeper made a good save, the ball was up to Cantwell who moved the ball back into the web for his 5th objective in 8 video games.

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Rangers midfielder Todd Cantwell tucked home a cool surface to provide his side the lead versus Aberdeen.

Amidst more alternatives, Mohammed Diomande changed Cantwell in the 85th minute to make his launching and participated in a frenzied ending where Sterling, on for Lawrence, was dismissed with referee Robertson asked to examine his pitchside screen by the VAR just to adhere to his weapons.

It was rather an intro to Scottish football for Warnock however Rangers continue their chase of Celtic.

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Rangers’ Dujon Sterling was dispatched for a rash obstacle on Aberdeen’s Jack MacKenzie, regardless of the on-field referee declining to reverse the choice after VAR encouraged a review.

‘ There’s been a mindset shift at Rangers’

Sky Sports’ Chris Sutton at Ibrox:

” It’s a huge win for Rangers.

” There has actually been a mindset shift. You can see it. The longer Clement has actually been supervisor at the club, the belief has actually grown and it is getting more powerful and more powerful.

” Rangers should have to win the video game. They were the dominant group.

” Naturally, the sending-off altered things towards completion and Aberdeen perhaps need to have had a charge which was missed out on.

” However in general, Rangers should have the 3 points.”

What’s next?

The attention now turns to the Scottish Cup 5th round on Saturday.

Aberdeen are at home to League 2 side Bonnyrigg Rose at 3pm, with Rangers up versus Scott Brown’s Ayr United at 5.30 pm.

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