Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen: Steven Gerrard’s men get 11 points ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen: Ryan Kent and Kemar Roofe strike early to inspire Steven Gerrard’s men to romp … and take an 11-point lead over rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership
- Ryan Kent scored the first for Rangers, before Kemar Roofe scored the second
- A deviated shot from Scott Arfield put Rangers three goals ahead after half time
- Before James Tavernier converted from the penalty spot to finish the match
Rangers advanced 11 points clear in the Scottish premier league with a 4-0 victory over an undersized Aberdeen.
Goals from Ryan Kent and Kemar Roofe in the first half saw the unbeaten Rangers on their way to a 13th victory in 15 league games when Steven Gerrard’s team took full advantage of Celtic dropping two points against Hibernian on Saturday.
The game was good and really over early in the second half when Scott Arfield scored a deviated third and James Tavernier converted his ninth penalty of the season.
Rangers defeated Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen 4-0 in the Scottish Premier League
The devastating result gave Steven Gerrard’s squad an 11-point lead at the top of the table
Rangers’ goals came from Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe, Scott Arfield and James Tavernier
Celtic have two games in hand, but Rangers showed the gap between themselves and the league’s third-seeded team, although the Dons had their fair share of selection issues.
Aberdeen had only lost in the league once since going to Rangers in a disappointing opening day, but they were without eight players.
Manager Derek McInnes already missed injured Niall McGinn, Marley Watkins, Dylan McGeouch and Jonny Hayes, along with loaned Rangers player Ross McCrorie, before his positive coronavirus test forced teammates Connor McLennan and Lewis Ferguson of Scotland under 21 to themselves. force. -insulation. In addition, Scott Wright was a surprising absentee.
Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Balogun, Goldson, Barisic, Jack, Aribo, Arfield, Kent, Roofe, Morelos.
Subs: McLaughlin, Bassey, Helander, Hagi, Davis, Kamara, Barker, Defoe, Itten.
Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Hoban, Considine, Taylor, Leigh, Ojo, Kennedy, Hedges, Edmundson, Cosgrove.
Subs: Woods, Devlin, Main, Hernandez, Campell, Gallagher, Ngwenya, Ramsay, Duncan.
Rangers went with Alfredo Morelos up front with Roofe and Kent in support and the latter could have scored in the third minute after beating the offside trap after Tavernier’s through ball, but Joe Lewis saved the one-on-one.
Kent scored in the 15th minute from a much more difficult chance. The former Liverpool forward gave Funso Ojo a nutmeg and fired a shot from 30 yards off Tommie Hoban’s face and the post before hitting the net.
Ojo got away with a clumsy penalty box from behind on Roofe before Aberdeen created two chances. But Sam Cosgrove and Ryan Hedges were too far wide to really get Allan McGregor into trouble, even though the goalkeeper parried every shot from behind for a corner.
Roofe doubled the lead in the 29th minute when he took Connor Goldson’s delicate ball over Andy Considine’s top and punched through Greg Leigh’s challenge before hitting a shot at Lewis.
Rangers were denied a third by a flag after Joe Aribo’s shot hit Roofe offside before Arfield pushed in the rebound.
Aberdeen broke well before Goldson blocked a shot from Hedges and McGregor saved Matty Kennedy’s free kick just before half time.
But any hope for a challenge was extinguished within eight minutes of the reboot.
Arfield scored from his second chance in the first four minutes when his shot hit Shay Logan and cheated on Lewis after the midfielder was set up by Kent.
Tavernier scored his 13th goal of the season after Considine was penalized for a draw against Leon Balogun in a corner kick.
Rangers were able to bring in internationals Steven Davis, Jermain Defoe, Glen Kamara and Ianis Hagi, while Aberdeen had four players on the bench without any first-team participation, and five others with only one league start between them this season.
McInnes gave Curtis Main and Dean Campbell some playing time after an early season injury hit and gave 16-year-old Ryan Duncan a debut.
Rangers were unable to extend their lead despite continuing to dominate. Tavernier and Hagi came close and Campbell headed against his own crossbar.