Scottish Premiership
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Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen

Kenny Miller scores
Kenny Miller (number nine) scored just after Aberdeen missed a good chance

Rangers beat Aberdeen to go second in the Scottish Premiership in a match that featured a red card for each side.

Jayden Stockley headed wide from Jonny Hayes' cross early in the second half and Rangers quickly capitalised on that miss when Kenny Miller tucked in.

A powerful Lee Hodson shot doubled the home side's advantage.

The hosts' Clint Hill and Aberdeen's Ryan Jack were each dismissed for two bookings, with Andrew Considine heading a late consolation for the Dons.

The Ibrox side had started the day level on points with Hearts but trailing them on goal difference.

However, with Hearts held to a draw by Ross County, Mark Warburton's side go two points ahead of the Tynecastle side and remain eight behind leaders Celtic.

Ryan Jack is shown a red card
Jack (second from left) was the second player sent off by referee Steven McLean

Further torment for Dons

Rangers had lost at Hearts in midweek while Aberdeen were coming off a 3-0 defeat by Celtic in Sunday's League Cup final, with the Dons aiming to end a 25-year wait for a win at Ibrox.

But that run continues with Warburton's side winning by the same scoreline that they lost by at Aberdeen's Pittodrie in September.

The visitors had their chances in Glasgow with James Maddison - who scored a stunning free-kick winner in the sides' last meeting - seeing a set-piece effort bounce wide.

Stockley got a foot to a Graeme Shinnie cross to draw a save from Wes Foderingham and came close to putting Derek McInnes' side ahead three minutes after the break.

Hayes got round his man to cross from the left but Stockley could not direct his header from six yards on target.

Maddison failed to get a hold of a couple of shots before Rangers' second but the midfielder did deliver the free-kick for Considine's goal.

Andrew Considine scores
Considine (third from left) forced home Aberdeen's late consolation

Rangers' cutting edge

Captain Lee Wallace fired wide in the hosts' best first-half advance and it was the composure of Miller that finally broke the deadlock.

Moments after Stockley's miss, 36-year-old striker Miller, deployed in midfield, latched on to Joe Garner's speculative cross and finished first time.

Barrie McKay had the vision to find Hodson inside the box amid a spell of pressure and the Northern Ireland international lashed a shot into the roof of the net for Rangers' second, having started ahead of regular right-back James Tavernier.

McKay's replacement Harry Forrester forced a save from Joe Lewis as the pressure continued.

Lee Hodson celebrates
Hodson scored his first Rangers goal

Bad-tempered ending

Defender Hill had earlier escaped unpunished following a risky challenge on Shinnie inside his own box but bookings for fouls on Maddison resulted in the 38-year-old's dismissal.

Jack, 24, followed Hill up the tunnel after being cautioned in the wake of a lengthy spell of pushing following a Rangers foul, the Dons skipper having earlier been booked for impeding Michael O'Halloran.

And there were further bookings in stoppage time to take the tally to 11.

What the managers said

Rangers' Mark Warburton: "The players were more than irked by comments made about them, by comments questioning their battling qualities and their desire.

"But they responded really well, there was a lot of nonsense written about them and they more than answered those questions.

"First half nobody really controlled the game, it was pretty neutral. But, second half, we stepped on and won second balls and I felt we deserved to win."

Aberdeen's Derek McInnes: "From penalty box to penalty box I thought we were the better team.

"We really got after Rangers, we pressed them high, we were competitive, we were winning tackles, we were fully committed. I thought we really frustrated them.

"But we said to the players at half-time, it was important in the final third to carry more of a threat ourselves,. We got in good areas and rushed that last wee bit.

"We had more opportunities to apply pressure with the ball rather than just without the ball, and Rangers scored when we were having our best spell.

"We started the second half really on the front foot, got into good areas, still should be doing more with it, but Jayden's is clearly the one we all remember.

"It was a good stand-up from Jonny and Jayden would normally eat that type of service up, but he misses. It happens but unfortunately for us it was pivotal."

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 17HodsonBooked at 20mins
  • 4KiernanBooked at 23mins
  • 3HillBooked at 90mins
  • 5WallaceBooked at 90mins
  • 23Holt
  • 16HallidayBooked at 53mins
  • 10McKaySubstituted forForresterat 77'minutes
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forWaghornat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Garner
  • 9MillerSubstituted forTavernierat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Wilson
  • 14Dodoo
  • 15Forrester
  • 21Crooks
  • 25Gilks
  • 33Waghorn

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 82mins
  • 22JackBooked at 90mins
  • 3ShinnieSubstituted forPawlettat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forMcGinnat 76'minutes
  • 23Maddison
  • 17StockleySubstituted forRooneyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Burns
  • 9Rooney
  • 10McGinn
  • 15O'Connor
  • 16Pawlett
  • 25Alexander
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
50,003

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home22
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Aberdeen 1.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Booking

Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Aberdeen 1. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lee Wallace (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Clint Hill (Rangers) for a bad foul.

Foul by Clint Hill (Rangers).

James Maddison (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt saved. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Martyn Waghorn.

Foul by Joe Garner (Rangers).

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Rangers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Hodson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

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

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

Booking

Clint Hill (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Clint Hill (Rangers).

James Maddison (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Harry Forrester replaces Barrie McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Graeme Shinnie.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Kenny McLean.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13121039112837
2Rangers168532117429
3Hearts1676331191227
4Aberdeen147342314924
5St Johnstone156452219322
6Kilmarnock154561424-1017
7Ross County163761728-1116
8Hamilton152941721-415
9Motherwell154382027-715
10Dundee164391422-815
11Partick Thistle153571722-514
12Inverness CT163582132-1114
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