Gary Mackay-Steven admits he loved playing in the Aberdeen v Rangers matches as the ex-Don looked back on his Pittodrie stint.

The winger is currently enjoying the MLS off-season after his first campaign at New York City. He joined the club in the summer from Aberdeen.

Mackay-Steven is out stateside. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Speaking prior to his former side’s clash with Rangers, the winger says ‘red hot’ Rangers matches were always something he looked forward to.

He told Sky Sports football (19:36, 05/12/19): “They’re ones you look forward to when the fixtures come out. They are always special at Pittodrie and Ibrox too.

“There’s that bit more in the build-up and the atmosphere is always red hot.”

Aberdeen and Rangers played out a cracker

It was a good night for his former team all things considered. After Aberdeen fell behind by two goals in the first 30 minutes, they fought back to win a point.

A fine point. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Jon Gallagher netted Aberdeen’s first after Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack put Rangers ahead. Andy Considine leveled things in the second half and Aberdeen pushed for a winner.

They couldn’t find one but the fixture was still full of that ‘red hot’ aggression and atmosphere Mackay-Steven knows well. There were four bookings during the match, which is slightly tame compared to recent meetings between the two. Their last battle at Pittodrie saw Alfredo Morelos and Scott McKenna sent off.

Mackay-Steven will no doubt be pleased his former side got a good result against formidable opposition.

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