Aberdeen came within nine minutes of a famous win at Ibrox last night as the Dons picked up a 2-2 draw with Rangers on an emotional night in Glasgow.

As Scottish football paid tribute to Walter Smith after the former Rangers, Scotland and Everton legend’s death earlier this week, Aberdeen ripped up the script when Christian Ramirez fired the Dons in front.

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When Scott Brown made it 2-0 to the Pittodrie side, it looked as though Stephen Glass and his players were on the verge of back-to-back wins and a comfortable three points.

However, Alfredo Morelos pulled one back for Rangers just before the break, prompting a turnaround in the Gers’ performance as they finally got to grips with the game.

Glass’ makeshift side – Scott Brown joined Ross McCrorie and David Bates in a three-man central defence – continued to frustrate the Light Blues and there seemed to be a sense on inevitability when John Beaton pointed to the spot nine minutes before the end when Bates hauled down Sakala inside the box.


James Tavernier stepped up to fire his 50th league goal for Rangers and end Aberdeen’s hopes of a surprise win and ease the frustration of the home support but the Dons fans were left furious as they insisted it was never a penalty – sentiments echoed by Stephen Glass after the game.

After ending their ten-game winless run last weekend with a win over Hibs, a draw at Ibrox is a decent result for Aberdeen but they can’t afford to start losing again this weekend when Hearts are the visitors to Pittodrie.

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