Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has reflected on his side’s 5-0 defeat to Rangers, saying the Dons looked ‘miles away’ from the Ibrox side’s level.

Two James Tavernier penalties, plus goals from Alfredo Morelos, Greg Stewart and Jermain Defoe secured an emphatic 5-0 victory for the home side.

A terrible day for Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It has left some Dons supporters furious with McInnes. The man himself has now spoken about ‘the gulf in quality’ between the two rivals.

He told the Daily Record (page 79, 29/09/19): “Rangers were very good but they were allowed to be better than I’d have liked. From when we lost the first goal, you saw the gulf in quality and experience at times.

“It was a good time for Rangers to play us and a bad time for us to play them.

He laments the timing of the game. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

For us, it’s important we feel we can compete in a 90 minutes and I feel with our experienced, battle hardened players, we can still win these games – but today we looked miles away from that.”

Aberdeen must regroup following Rangers thumping

Where to even begin with Aberdeen’s Ibrox capitulation. For most if not all of the game, they looked miles off the ability their opponents possessed.

Yes Rangers did play well, but that was enhanced by how bad Aberdeen were.

Aberdeen flopped against Rangers and McInnes knows that. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Against this Gers side you can’t afford any slip-ups and sadly for the Dons, they were left flat on their face come full-time.

It’s up to McInnes to regroup his playing staff and the Aberdeen fans following their defeat to Rangers. Morale is low in the camp and it’s up to him to provide inspiration.

Their next match will see them take on Hibs at home and McInnes desperately needs a win from this fixture to lift the spirits around Pittodrie.

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