Aberdeen vs Rangers – LIVE score and goal updates


The first game of the Premiership season is upon us and it should be an absolute cracker

Ryan Kent got the only goal of the game in the first half while the Dons ended the game with 10 men when Andy Considine was sent off for a lunge on Scott Arfield.

Rangers were the better side in the first half and controlled much of the game but struggled to get any clear cut chances against a dogged Dons defence.

Kent did manage to break through and Alfredo Morelos – who looked full focused on Rangers – slipped a brilliant ball through and Kent finished superbly past Lewis.

The second half saw Derek McInnes’ men step up a level but Rangers dealt with anything thrown their way.

A goalmouth scramble after an excellent corner from Aberdeen was the closest they got but Ibrox centre backs Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun dealt with most of it.

The introduction of Niall McGinn and Ryan Edmondson caused more issues for Rangers but Aberdeen couldn’t force Allan McGregor into any meaningful action.

Considine was sent off late on for his lunge on Arfield and the game petered out with a win for Steven Gerrard’s men.

Ryan Kent’s goal is the one that separates the teams and Steven Gerrard will be delighted to be taking the three points back up the road to Glasgow.

Andy Considine was shown a straight red card in the second half for a lunge on Scott Arfield.

It wasn’t a great performance from the Ibrox side but it’s three points and that’s what Rangers will want.

The Colombian goes down under a challenge in the box but Madden waves play on.

Aribo was in acres of space and curled it around Lewis but Taylor stopped it on the line.

A lot of space for Rangers when they get forward right now with the Dons down to 10.

That was unnecessary from the midfielder and Aberdeen’s discipline is letting them down in the last couple of minutes

He flies in with his studs up and there was really no option for Bobby Madden but to show the red card.

Arfield is back on his feet but the Dons are down to 10 for the final few minutes.

It’s a horrible two footed lunge on Scott Arfield and it’s a deserved red card.

The midfielder is so good with the ball at his feet and he’s sent Taylor spinning as he tries to defend.

But just as he tries to get his shot away there’s a brilliant block from Ferguson to stop him making it 2-0.

Edmondson in particular looks a real handful for Goldson at centre back and you wonder if George Edmundson might be introduced soon to deal with that more for Rangers.

Gerrard does often like to drop to a back five at times when holding onto a lead away from home in the final few minutes.

He’ll play further forward but more concerning, what is going on with that hair of the Welshman?

That’s his first sight of goal and it’s great defending from Taylor to stop the shot.

Hagi with a great ball through put Morelos in behind but he couldn’t quite find the finish.

It’s the Romanian’s last action of the game with Arfield coming on to replace him.

Aberdeen have been the better side in this second half without causing too many problems for Rangers but with the likes of McGinn and Hayes on the pitch they can always cause problems.

Rangers look threatening when they do get an attack but they struggle to really get a chance created in this second half.

The Colombian flicked it through to the centre midfielder but his ball across was too high and powerful for anyone to get on the end of.

Aberdeen lining up a double sub as well with McGinn and Campbell set to come on.

That was some really nice play with Aribo, Kent and Morelos linking up well to set up Hagi.

He replaces Bruce Anderson who had a lonely role up there but you can imagine a different style of football here for the final 25 minutes.

The Ibrox side aren’t doing anything going forward and you can imagine Steven Gerrard will be very frustrated on the sideline.

They’ve done reasonably well but Kent, Morelos and Hagi are just missing that final pass in the final third.

The Dons are about to bring Ryan Edmondson on, just a day after he joined from Leeds.

And Bobby Madden has blown his whistle for a foul and Balogun is down with a sore one.

Allan McGregor is going mental at what happened there but it was a proper scramble.

A superb ball into the box and McKenna had thrown Balogun right into the post.

That was poor from the centre back and the big defender is getting treatment in the goalmouth.

He’s causing a couple of problems for Tavernier but not enough to really cause issues for the Rangers defence.

They could use a bit more help for him and you can hear how frustrated Craig Bryson is getting in the middle of the park as well.

It was good build-up again with Morelos showing a great touch to lay it off to Kent.

The winger then played a first time ball to Hagi but his effort was blocked and when it came back to him on his right foot he smashed it well wide of the target.

You wonder when the first of the five subs will be used by either team at Pittodrie..

Bruce Anderson showed good pace to try and latch onto a loose ball that ricocheted in behind Goldson, but Balogun did superbly to get across and win it back.

The midfielder then takes him out when Morelos passes it and it relieves the early pressure that Rangers have been under in this second half.

Aberdeen seeing most of the ball right now but not causing any problems so far for the Rangers backline.

He didn’t get much game time last season but if he keeps this up he’ll displace Shay Logan permanently.

We’re back underway at Pittodrie. Can Rangers add more or will Aberdeen get back into it?

Ryan Kent’s goal separates the two teams at Pittodrie and it’s been a decent performance from the away side.

They’ve controlled the ball for large parts and dealt with anything Aberdeen have thrown at them.

The Dons, for their part, have looked much better since going a goal behind and coming out of their low block a bit more.

Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aberdeen-vs-rangers-live-score-22452715

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