Rangers deserved to beat Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon – but it was a good learning experience for Dons manager Derek McInnes.
It finished 4-0 at Ibrox, goals from Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe, Scott Arfield and James Tavernier sealing an impressive victory for Rangers. Aberdeen were disadvantaged before kick-off.
Already set to miss five players, another two in Lewis Ferguson and Connor McLennan were ruled out due to Covid-19 track and trace protocols. Reflecting on the match, McInnes says it was hard for his men against Rangers.
“We went into the game with a lot of key players missing for various reasons and that meant we were lacking the pace that has been synonymous with the team this year,” said McInnes. “It was the team we felt that we had to pick rather than the one we wanted to pick and that’s no reflection on the boys who played. These things are sent to try us!
“We tried to get a shape about us that gave us an opportunity to come here and not just defend but to have an out ball and try to make them think. I thought that we settled fine. Obviously Rangers dominated possession, they’re playing well and with confidence at the minute, but we were settling into the game.
“Then the first goal was a hell of a deflection that gave Joe no chance, the second goal was one where we should have done better and that was disappointing, because it came as we were having our best spell. We’d worked Allan McGregor two or three times and were threatening, but the second goal really knocked us back.
“At half-time we were talking about trying to get the next goal but six minutes later the game’s over with another horrible deflection and a soft penalty decision. If that was a penalty then there should be a lot more penalties given in every game.
“By and large, we didn’t really get any breaks go our way, before the game or during it. The players worked extremely hard and I thought box to box, there was plenty of effort from boys who haven’t had a lot of football this season.
“No complaints about the result, we were well beaten but the good thing is that despite the obvious challenges we’ve got, there’s another game coming up on Wednesday to get this one out of our system because it’s important we go and try to get the next three points as quick as possible.”