Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 0-3 Rangers

Rangers scored three times in five late second-half minutes to end second-place Aberdeen's run of 10 consecutive home wins and cut the gap to nine points.

In a scrappy first half, Joe Garner drew a save from Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis and crossed for Martyn Waghorn to volley over.

Aberdeen dominated after the break as Wes Foderingham saved from Kenny McLean and twice from striker Adam Rooney.

But Kenny Miller's brace and Joe Dodoo's third earned Rangers the win.

Aberdeen are still well placed to finish runners-up to Premiership champions Celtic, with nine points and a far superior goal difference separating them from Rangers with only six games remaining.

Fast and furious

Rangers striker Joe Garner goes down after coming head to head with Ryan Jack
Rangers striker Joe Garner goes down after coming head to head with Ryan Jack

Derek McInnes's men started the match as favourites and the early signs suggested they would live up to their billing as they pressed, fought and chased Rangers across every inch of the pitch.

It was more a bruising battle than a beautiful game, though, and referee Kevin Clancy was flashing cards early, with Garner and Ryan Jack the first to be booked as they squared up to each other.

For all its lack of free-flowing football, it was a very watchable spectacle. Jonny Hayes forced a low save from Foderingham at one end and Waghorn should have burst the net rather than volleying over after a sumptuous cross from Garner on the right.

The visitors actually enjoyed the best chances in the early stages despite their lack of fluidity in midfield.

Welcome to hell

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha said beforehand that his players were entering hell with this trip but it looked more like limbo as both sides continued to cancel each other out. The Portuguese was also well aware that anything other than victory would see his side consigned to third at best.

The Ibrox side have obvious frailties at the moment, especially in defence where youngsters are deputising for more experienced injured regulars, but they showed fight and spirit that would be rewarded later in the match.

Young David Bates looked slow and ponderous at times although Myles Beerman at left-back was composed and calm when needed.

Pedro Caixinha falls to his knees
Pedro Caixinha falls to his knees to celebrate Rangers' third goal on his first trip to Pittodrie

Wing men danger

When Aberdeen click, it is mostly down to the hard work of their impressive wide men and so it was in the second half as Niall McGinn and Hayes terrorised the Rangers full-backs.

Hayes skipped past two on his way to the box but Graeme Shinnie's hooked shot was blocked by Foderingham. McGinn was at it on the other side and his trickery was feeding Rooney but his fellow Irishman could not convert despite several gilt-edged invitations.

You could sense the tide turning though and Rangers were struggling to contain the waves of red battering their defences.

For all their efforts though, few chances were seriously testing Foderingham.

Miller time

Kenny Miller
Kenny Miller opens the scoring at Pittodrie after a period of intense Dons pressure

With 11 minutes remaining, veteran striker Miller scored his 10th goal in 40 appearances this season. Against the run of play, Waghorn created space for himself in the box and when his shot was saved, 37-year-old Miller lashed a fabulous effort high into the back of the net.

Aberdeen had no time to compose themselves before Miller made it two when he skipped through a defence in disarray to slide neatly past Lewis and send the small band of Rangers fans wild.

Substitute Dodoo played his part in that second goal and he slammed home a third to complete an incredible five minute turnaround that sent the Dons fans scurrying for the exits in disbelief.

Those who remained in defiance almost witnessed a Miller hat-trick as he followed up on Dodoo's shot that came back off the crossbar but defender Andrew Considine spared further blushes as he cleared off the line.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5TaylorBooked at 24mins
  • 15O'ConnorSubstituted forStockleyat 83'minutes
  • 4Considine
  • 22JackBooked at 4mins
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 33mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinn
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 8Christie
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Stockley
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 27Ross
  • 39Storey

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 27Bates
  • 6Wilson
  • 61Beerman
  • 23HoltBooked at 53mins
  • 8Toral
  • 7GarnerBooked at 4minsSubstituted forDodooat 70'minutes
  • 9Miller
  • 20HyndmanSubstituted forWindassat 53'minutes
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forHallidayat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McKay
  • 11Windass
  • 14Dodoo
  • 16Halliday
  • 17Hodson
  • 25Alnwick
  • 54Wilson
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
19,332

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Rangers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Rangers 3.

Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

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

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Josh Windass (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Bates (Rangers).

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 0, Rangers 3. Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Anthony O'Connor.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 0, Rangers 2. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joseph Dodoo.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andy Halliday replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 0, Rangers 1. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jon Toral (Rangers).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Myles Beerman.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

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

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Joseph Dodoo replaces Joe Garner.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Rangers).

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

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

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32293085206590
2Aberdeen32204861273464
3Rangers321510746341255
4St Johnstone32147114338549
5Hearts32128125143844
6Partick Thistle321011113536-141
7Kilmarnock32713123049-1934
8Ross County32711143552-1732
9Dundee3286183351-1830
10Hamilton32514132848-2029
11Motherwell3278173459-2529
12Inverness CT32413153458-2425
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