Rangers bought the Scottish Premiership season underneath means with a surprisingly snug win over Aberdeen because of Ryan Kent’s strike at Pittodrie.
There was little proof of the a lot talked about intense rivalry between the perimeters till dwelling defender Andrew Considine was despatched off late on.
The hosts seemed notably subdued by the requirement for empty stands.
In a match of little goalmouth motion, Kent curled the ball dwelling from Alfredo Morelos’ 21st-minute by ball.
But it surely was not more than Rangers deserved given their close to complete domination of the primary half.
Morelos’ participation amid curiosity from Lille dominated pre-match curiosity, but it surely was the absence by damage of Aberdeen strikers Sam Cosgrove and and Curtis Most important that was most important within the early phases.
Younger stand-in Bruce Anderson was fantastically marshalled by a central defence into which summer time signing Leon Balogun had slotted imperiously to go away vigorous Dons assist man Craig Bryson a pissed off determine.
Rangers managed possession with out threatening purpose till a intelligent chest flick from Ianis Hagi discovered Morelos on the half-way line and the striker slipped it neatly by for Kent to beat goalkeeper Joe Lewis one on one with the skin of his foot.
It took the house aspect 28 minutes to drive Allan McGregor into a simple save from Funso Ojo – and 59 to win their first nook – and Considine’s straight leg problem on Scott Arfield broken their possibilities additional.
With out regaining the depth of a aspect determined to forestall Celtic securing a 10th consecutive league title, Steven Gerrard’s guests had accomplished sufficient regardless of Ash Taylor’s advantageous goal-line clearance to forestall Joe Aribo extending the lead within the closing minutes.
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