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Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

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Highlights: Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Rangers climbed above Aberdeen into second place with their third win in eight weeks against the Pittodrie side.

Alfredo Morelos opened the scoring in the first half, converting James Tavernier's cross for his 13th goal of the season.

Rangers were awarded a penalty after the break when Anthony O'Connor and Joe Lewis combined to foul Josh Windass.

Lewis was stretchered off and replaced by Danny Rogers before Tavernier converted from the spot.

Rangers defender James Tavernier scores a penalty against Aberdeen
Rangers defender James Tavernier converts his side's second goal from the penalty spot

The victory, following two wins in four days across November and December, moved Rangers above Aberdeen on goal difference, and 11 points behind leaders Celtic.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty's new-look side showed Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes what he might have been working with, after rejecting the chance to replace Pedro Caixinha in December.

Against an Ibrox side containing debutants Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy and Russell Martin - with Jason Cummings appearing off the bench in the second half - Aberdeen found themselves out-gunned.

Rangers had limped into the winter break with a mounting injury list ,but the time off seemed to do them good and they started brightly, coming close 12 minutes in.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins watches Rangers against Aberdeen
Hull City manager Nigel Adkins, left, was an interested spectator at Ibrox

Goss' corner was laid back by Martin for Windass, whose strike took a nick on its way through before hitting the post and bouncing into Lewis' grasp.

The Dons were fortunate again in the 20th minute, when Morelos somehow failed to head home from Daniel Candeias' back-post cross.

Aberdeen finally moved themselves into shooting territory moments later, as Kenny McLean drove through the Rangers midfield before slipping in Gary Mackay-Steven, but Ibrox goalkeeper Wes Foderingham raced from his line to cut the angle and produce a crucial block.

The importance of that save was underlined three minutes later as Rangers took the lead. Candeias and Tavernier were proving a handful for the Pittodrie men and combined again, with Tavernier's cross finding Morelos lurking and this time the Premiership's top scorer made no mistake as he nodded home.

Rangers defender Russell Martin
Rangers defender Russell Martin was one of four players to make his debut for the Ibrox side

The lead was almost cancelled out immediately as switched off to allow McLean in but again Foderingham was well-placed to rescue his side.

Lewis had to be alert at the start of the second period as he denied Morelos a second goal after the striker managed to beat Anthony O'Connor before spinning to shoot.

But again Morelos was guilty of a bad miss on 58 minutes. Martin released Declan John with a superb ball in behind the Dons defence, Lewis could only flap at the full-back's cross and with the goal gaping, the striker sliced into the side-netting.

Cummings got his introduction on 70 minutes as he was treated to a deafening roar after replacing Morelos, and the home support were cheering again on 75 minutes as Rangers won a penalty.

Rangers chairman Dave King watching the Ibrox side against Aberdeen
South Africa-based Rangers chairman Dave King was in Glasgow to watch the team in action against Aberdeen

Tavernier slipped Windass in on goal but just as he looked to pull the trigger he was clattered into by Lewis. The keeper came off worse but referee Bobby Madden still pointed to the spot.

There was a five-minute delay as Lewis was stretchered off, but Tavernier kept his cool to fire past understudy stopper Danny Rogers.

Aberdeen poured forward hoping to salvage something but found themselves up against a keeper in unbeatable form, as Foderingham pulled off four great saves in the final 10 minutes to deny Adam Rooney twice, Dom Ball and then Graeme Shinnie.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 33Martin
  • 24Bates
  • 3John
  • 23Holt
  • 27Goss
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forCardosoat 90+5'minutes
  • 11WindassSubstituted forHallidayat 89'minutes
  • 28Murphy
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forCummingsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cardoso
  • 15Herrera
  • 16Halliday
  • 17Hodson
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 25Alnwick
  • 26Cummings

Aberdeen

  • 1LewisSubstituted forRogersat 80'minutes
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'Connor
  • 19McKennaBooked at 54mins
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 45mins
  • 7McLean
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 89mins
  • 8StewartSubstituted forMcGinnat 59'minutes
  • 22Christie
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forBallat 75'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 10Maynard
  • 14Arnason
  • 15Wright
  • 17McGinn
  • 18Ball
  • 20Rogers
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
49,707

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Aberdeen 0.

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Fábio Cardoso replaces Daniel Candeias.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt saved. Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andy Halliday replaces Josh Windass.

Booking

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jason Holt.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Aberdeen 0. James Tavernier (Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Danny Rogers replaces Joe Lewis because of an injury.

Penalty Rangers. Josh Windass draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Joe Lewis (Aberdeen) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dominic Ball replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Sean Goss (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jason Cummings replaces Alfredo Morelos.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Daniel Candeias (Rangers).

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Candeias (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Christie.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Greg Stewart.

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23166150163454
2Rangers23134643251843
3Aberdeen2313463326743
4Hibernian2310853227538
5Hearts238962419533
6Motherwell2283112832-427
7Kilmarnock216872528-326
8St Johnstone217592130-926
9Hamilton2265113037-723
10Dundee2364132333-1022
11Partick Thistle2355132039-1920
12Ross County2345142138-1717
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