A trip to Rangers will prove extremely challenging for Aberdeen says manager Derek McInnes.

The Dons travel to Rangers in good spirits, currently sitting third in the table ahead of the weekend after a good opening period of league football.

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Aberdeen face Rangers tomorrow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

But this will likely be the hardest challenge yet, Rangers still unbeaten in all competitions this term. Aberdeen have had success at Ibrox in recent seasons with cup wins in Govan but this will prove challenging.

Added to the fact that McInnes will be missing five key players for the match, Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie, Marley Watkins, Jonny Hayes, Niall McGinn and Dylan McGeouch, the Dons have to be at their best.

 

McInnes is well aware of that as he looks ahead to their tough Rangers encounter: “It is a challenge; they are obviously a good side, but we can take confidence from our record of late against Rangers in Glasgow.

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Rangers pose a threat. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“We must play a lot better than we did in our first game of the season against Rangers, we all accept that. In possession of the ball we did not do enough.

“If we can take the confidence from previous games, everyone takes on responsibility, everyone has a high level of performance, everyone has a high level of performance and we get the balance between attacking and defending, we know we are capable of getting the result.

“When we have had positive results in Glasgow, the personality, the intent of the team has got to be there and that is what I will be looking for more than anything on Sunday.

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Attack the game. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

“It is a tough ask; they are in great form. We are pleased with our start as well, but it is only a start. We have got to demonstrate over the upcoming months that we have to sustain a good level of performance and sustain a good level of results.”

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