Aberdeen’s clash with Rangers at Pittodrie certainly didn’t disappoint. Goals, drama and end to end football, the game had it all. It finished 1-1 in the Granite City, with Scott McKenna emerging victorious from the game’s key battle.

One of the main talking points in the lead up to the fixture was McKenna reigniting his feud with Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos. Both were sent off in controversial circumstances last time out, with this clash presenting a chance for the Dons centre-back and the Colombian to get one over each other.

McKenna was sent off last time out against Rangers. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

There was one clear winner though. Morelos didn’t have a sniff at goal all day, thanks largely to McKenna’s shrewd defensive work.

McKenna eased past Morelos


From early on, McKenna looked to have the better of the Colombian. He had clearly done his homework on the Rangers forward. Every turn he made, the Aberdeen defender was there with him to clear the ball from enemy lines.

When Morelos was booked for simulation in the 14th minute, McKenna’s job became a much simpler task. He played on the Colombian’s temper, baiting him into making silly fouls on him.

Morelos couldn’t get past the Dons defender. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McKenna was able to control the striker throughout the game. Morelos registered no real chances because of how well Aberdeen’s number five was watching him, which limited Steven Gerrard’s side’s attacking ability.

No crosses found Morelos either. Anytime either Ryan Kent or Daniel Candeias aimed for the Colombian in the middle, McKenna was there. The Aberdeen defender had his counterpart man marked throughout the game, which paid dividends for Derek McInnes. Rangers’ main attacking outlet never left McKenna’s sight and it prevented him from creating any real opportunities.

It was a terrific performance from the Scotsman. He single handily prevented Morelos from causing the Dons problems throughout the match. It gave McInnes’ men a real boost and it’ll give the Dons confidence heading into the replay at Ibrox.

The Aberdeen defender gave his side a boost from the back. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McKenna and Morelos played out a decent battle at Pittodrie, but the Dons man came out on top. He proved his worth against the Ibrox side, displaying his potential once again. McKenna will need a similar performance in the return fixture at Ibrox if his side wants another trip to Hampden.

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