Scottish Premiership
RangersRangers4AberdeenAberdeen0

Rangers' 4-0 rout against Aberdeen sends them 11 points clear

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Rangers surged 11 points clear of Celtic at the Scottish Premiership summit as they romped to victory over Aberdeen.

A deflected long-range strike by Ryan Kent put Steven Gerrard's side in front and Kemar Roofe doubled that advantage.

Scott Arfield's shot went in off Shay Logan and James Tavernier got the hosts' fourth from the penalty spot.

The win, Rangers' 13th of 15 league games, signalled the Ibrox side's best start to a season in 53 years.

Sam Cosgrove, Ryan Hedges and Matty Kennedy threatened for Aberdeen but they could not prevent an 18th victory and 17th clean sheet in all competitions this term for Rangers.

Celtic, who drew at Hibernian on Saturday, have two games in hand over Rangers and are four points clear of Aberdeen.

Kent stayed onside to receive Tavernier's pass and only had Joe Lewis to beat but the Aberdeen goalkeeper made an excellent stop in an early attack.

Lewis also smothered at the feet of Joe Aribo but the keeper was left helpless when Kent's 35-yard effort took a nick off Tommie Hoban and went in off the post.

The visitors, without a glut of players because of injury and Covid-19 issues, had spent the first quarter of the match largely in their own half.

But a Hedges break drew Rangers in and allowed the winger to release Cosgrove, whose shot was touched out by Allan McGregor. The Rangers keeper also kept out a Hedges effort after another speedy advance by the Wales cap.

James Tavernier has scored 13 times in 21 games

Aberdeen soon found themselves two down as Roofe took an excellent touch to control Connor Goldson's chip forward and fire in off Lewis' despairing save.

The Pittodrie side were not discouraged and Cosgrove and Hedges combined for the latter to get away a shot that Goldson blocked and Matty Kennedy tested McGregor with a well-struck free-kick.

But any optimism Aberdeen took into the second half quickly evaporated as Kent set up Arfield and the Canada midfielder's left-foot shot smacked off Logan to wrong-foot Lewis.

Andy Considine was then penalised for grappling Leon Balogun to the ground and captain Tavernier scored for the 13th time this season.

Dean Campbell was sent on for Aberdeen and almost scored an own goal at a corner, Lewis coming to his rescue with the save.

And 16-year-old Ryan Duncan made his Dons debut as a substitute in the closing stages.

Man of the match - Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent scores
Kent scored for the first time in 11 games and laid on the third goal in a fine performance

What did we learn?

Rangers' record this season made them favourites pre-match, particularly in light of Aberdeen's selection woes but Aberdeen had more reason than most to travel to Glasgow with optimism.

Derek McInnes' side had drawn at Ibrox in February and had won two of their past five trips to the stadium and going forward, at least, they created problems through Cosgrove and Hedges.

Defensively, though, they struggled to cope with Rangers' variation of short and long passes. However, they can count themselves unfortunate with the deflections for two of the goals they lost.

For Rangers, the stats continue to impress. Sixteen goals racked up in November to date and their unblemished defensive record at home in the league extends to an eighth game.

What did they say?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: "We played some incredible stuff again. Some of our movement in the final third was exceptional. We are showing that relentlessness and really executing when we get in the right places.

"We were strong from start to finish and I managed to make five changes and look after people who have been doing a lot of travel. As far as I'm concerned, I'm extremely happy."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "We came into the game with a lot of key players missing and Scott Wright added to the issues with a groin problem. It was a team we felt we had to pick rather than a team we necessarily wanted to pick.

"It didn't feel as though we got the breaks, my players worked extremely hard despite the obvious difficulties. There was plenty effort from a lot of players who haven't played a lot of games of late."

What's next?

Rangers resume their Europa League campaign on Thursday at home to Benfica (20:00 GMT), who are level on points with the Ibrox side at the top of Group D, before facing Falkirk in next Sunday's Scottish League Cup tie (17:00). Aberdeen visit St Mirren in the last of Saturday's cup matches (17:15).

Player of the match

KentRyan Kent

with an average of 7.99

Rangers

  1. Squad number14Player nameKent
    Average rating

    7.99

  2. Squad number2Player nameTavernier
    Average rating

    7.81

  3. Squad number37Player nameArfield
    Average rating

    7.65

  4. Squad number25Player nameRoofe
    Average rating

    7.55

  5. Squad number6Player nameGoldson
    Average rating

    7.45

  6. Squad number8Player nameJack
    Average rating

    7.41

  7. Squad number17Player nameAribo
    Average rating

    7.19

  8. Squad number31Player nameBarisic
    Average rating

    7.12

  9. Squad number1Player nameMcGregor
    Average rating

    7.07

  10. Squad number10Player nameDavis
    Average rating

    6.97

  11. Squad number9Player nameDefoe
    Average rating

    6.87

  12. Squad number18Player nameKamara
    Average rating

    6.85

  13. Squad number26Player nameBalogun
    Average rating

    6.82

  14. Squad number20Player nameMorelos
    Average rating

    6.65

  15. Squad number7Player nameHagi
    Average rating

    6.45

  16. Squad number11Player nameItten
    Average rating

    6.45

Aberdeen

  1. Squad number11Player nameHedges
    Average rating

    5.74

  2. Squad number1Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    5.02

  3. Squad number46Player nameDuncan
    Average rating

    4.38

  4. Squad number33Player nameKennedy
    Average rating

    4.37

  5. Squad number3Player nameHoban
    Average rating

    4.32

  6. Squad number16Player nameCosgrove
    Average rating

    4.19

  7. Squad number14Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    4.16

  8. Squad number32Player nameEdmondson
    Average rating

    4.12

  9. Squad number5Player nameLeigh
    Average rating

    4.03

  10. Squad number4Player nameConsidine
    Average rating

    4.01

  11. Squad number2Player nameLogan
    Average rating

    3.96

  12. Squad number24Player nameCampbell
    Average rating

    3.78

  13. Squad number9Player nameMain
    Average rating

    3.65

  14. Squad number8Player nameOjo
    Average rating

    3.59

  15. Squad number22Player nameHernández
    Average rating

    3.43

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 26Balogun
  • 31Barisic
  • 37Arfield
  • 8JackSubstituted forDavisat 56'minutes
  • 17AriboSubstituted forIttenat 74'minutes
  • 25RoofeSubstituted forHagiat 74'minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forDefoeat 66'minutes
  • 14KentSubstituted forKamaraat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bassey
  • 5Helander
  • 7Hagi
  • 9Defoe
  • 10Davis
  • 11Itten
  • 18Kamara
  • 21Barker
  • 33McLaughlin

Aberdeen

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 14Taylor
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 52mins
  • 3Hoban
  • 2LoganSubstituted forHernándezat 84'minutes
  • 8Ojo
  • 5LeighSubstituted forDuncanat 84'minutes
  • 33Kennedy
  • 11Hedges
  • 32EdmondsonSubstituted forMainat 64'minutes
  • 16CosgroveSubstituted forCampbellat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Devlin
  • 9Main
  • 22Hernández
  • 24Campbell
  • 27Gallagher
  • 37Ngwenya
  • 43Woods
  • 44Ramsey
  • 46Duncan
Referee:
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 4, Aberdeen 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Aberdeen 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ianis Hagi.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cedric Itten (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ianis Hagi.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jermain Defoe (Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Matthew Kennedy (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Dean Campbell.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ianis Hagi (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Glen Kamara.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Funso Ojo (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Ronald Hernández replaces Shaleum Logan.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Duncan replaces Greg Leigh.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ianis Hagi (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermain Defoe.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cedric Itten (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Funso Ojo.

Around the BBC - SoundsAround the BBC footer - Sounds

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 22nd November 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers1513204133841
2Celtic1393134132130
3Aberdeen138231915426
4Hibernian147431914525
5Dundee Utd155551218-620
6Kilmarnock145271816217
7Motherwell134361518-315
8St Johnstone144371117-615
9Ross County153481026-1613
10Livingston153391424-1012
11St Mirren12327715-811
12Hamilton1321101435-217
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories

Around Scottish sport