Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland at Pittodrie

Ten-man Rangers beat Aberdeen for the second time in a week to replace them in second place in the Premiership.

Danny Wilson headed into the corner to give Rangers the lead, and Aberdeen's only first-half response was an Andrew Considine header against the crossbar.

Former Dons midfielder Ryan Jack was sent off after the break, but Josh Windass fired Rangers further in front.

Teenage substitute Frank Ross curled in an immediate reply from a fine free-kick, but Rangers held on for the win.

The Glasgow side, still under caretaker manager Graeme Murty, had thumped the Dons 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday.

They overtake Derek McInnes' side, seven points behind leaders Celtic, on goal difference.

Rangers' Ryan Jack is sent off by referee Willie Collum
Ryan Jack was sent off against his former club by Willie Collum

The soap opera that is Rangers' pursuit of a new manager continues with McInnes still cast in the lead role.

McInnes has been royally fed-up with all the speculation linking him with the job, but his frustration would have been as nothing compared to the way his team started this game.

After their loss at Ibrox, he would have been expecting a response from the first whistle at Pittodrie. What he got instead, for much of the opening half, was a passive performance, an effort lacking in all the things that have made Aberdeen the second best team in Scotland in recent years.

Rangers got off to an embarrassing beginning when Windass was correctly booked for diving in an attempt to win a penalty. They gathered their composure quickly, though, and were ahead on the 14th minute.

A Declan John free-kick from the right did not look like it was going to produce a goal as it descended in Wilson's vicinity. The centre-half was about 15 yards out but was given space by a dozing Aberdeen defence to measure his header.

He looped it high beyond Joe Lewis, who looked hypnotised in the moment, and it fell into his net for an opener that was greeted thunderously by the visiting support.

Rangers' Danny Wilson celebrates opening the scoring
Danny Wilson opened the scoring but went off injured at half-time

Lewis was a whole lot smarter when dealing with a Windass shot just after the half-hour. By then, Pittodrie was quiet.

Aberdeen had done precious little to get their fans on their feet. Before kick-off, McInnes had asked his players to take responsibility, but it was not a red jersey that was standing out, it was a man in blue that used to be a man in red.

Darkness would later fall on Jack, but while the midfielder was on the pitch, he was a dominant presence.

At last, a minute before the break, the Dons had something to shout about when, from Greg Stewart's free-kick, Considine thundered a header off Wes Foderingham's crossbar. They survived another scare when Kenny Miller went through one-on-one with Lewis but lost the contest.

Then, drama. Ten minutes into the second half, Jack went into a tackle with Stevie May and left his foot in to such an extent that the striker was fortunate to avoid a bad injury.

Willie Collum whipped out the red card - and he was right. It was the fourth red of Jack's season, albeit two of them were later rescinded.

Aberdeen's Frank Ross scores from a free-kick
Aberdeen Frank Ross scored on his second substitute appearance of the season

Aberdeen had a massive opportunity - and they blew it. Eight minutes after Jack walked, Rangers doubled their lead.

The Dons gave away possession and away Rangers went. Daniel Candeias scampered down the right and squared for Windass, who finished coolly.

Pittodrie seethed, but hope arrived in the shape of 19-year-old Ross, who made it 2-1 with the most sumptuous free-kick that curled into Foderingham's top right-hand corner. The goalkeeper got a hand to it, but such was the excellence of Ross' strike, he could not keep it out.

It was a terrific moment, but it was not enough. Aberdeen pushed on, threatened an equaliser at times against the 10 men, but Rangers' defence just about held firm.

For Aberdeen, losing to their bitter rivals once in a week was bad enough, but losing twice was horrific. Their supporters were an angry lot on the full-time whistle.

For Rangers, another fine victory as they search for a new manager.

McInnes is a roaring hot favourite with the bookmakers, available at the unbackable odds of 1-25. That saga should come to a conclusion this week.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'Connor
  • 19McKenna
  • 4ConsidineSubstituted forHarvieat 81'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 12mins
  • 8Stewart
  • 83MaySubstituted forMaynardat 62'minutes
  • 15WrightSubstituted forRossat 52'minutes
  • 9Rooney


  • 6Reynolds
  • 10Maynard
  • 14Arnason
  • 18Ball
  • 20Rogers
  • 21Harvie
  • 25Ross


Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Foderingham
  • 6WilsonSubstituted forCardosoat 45'minutes
  • 24Bates
  • 40McCrorieBooked at 47mins
  • 2Tavernier
  • 8JackBooked at 56mins
  • 23Holt
  • 3John
  • 9Miller
  • 27PeñaSubstituted forCandeiasat 58'minutes
  • 11WindassBooked at 5minsSubstituted forHerreraat 90+4'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 4Cardoso
  • 15Herrera
  • 17Hodson
  • 20Morelos
  • 21Candeias
  • 25Alnwick
  • 35Barjonas
William Collum

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamRangers
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Rangers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Rangers 2.

  3. Booking

    Eduardo Herrera (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCrorie (Rangers).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Eduardo Herrera replaces Josh Windass.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) header from very close range misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Bates.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Bates.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

    James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Fábio Cardoso.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Daniel Harvie (Aberdeen).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Daniel Harvie replaces Andrew Considine.

  16. Post update

    Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Josh Windass (Rangers).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

  20. Post update

    (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 3rd December 2017

As It Stood

7St Johnstone155371623-718
11Ross County164391424-1015
12Partick Thistle152581224-1211
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