against Rangers. Scottish Premiership.
Sunday, January 10, 2021, 3 p.m.
Match report when Rangers beat 10-man Aberdeen to be 22 points ahead of Celtic; Ryan Hedges sent Alfredo Morelos to travel in the penalty area; James Tavernier missed the penalty; Morelos’ doubles gave Rangers the lead; Matthew Kennedy pulled the gate back
After a 2-1 win against 10-man Aberdeen in Pittodrie, the Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League were 22 points ahead of Celtic.
The hosts were in the middle dropped to 10 men in the first half when Ryan Hedges, who had made no attempt to win the ball from referee John Beaten, showed a red card (26) for tripping Alfredo Morelos in the penalty area. James Tavernier missed the penalty, but the Rangers were ahead thanks to Morelos’ goal (32) minutes later.
The Rangers extended their lead after the break when Morelos scored his second goal (50) by 50 goals in the scottish premier league. They were not at home and dry when substitute Matthew Kennedy withdrew a goal (67).
It was a nervous final for Steven Gerrard’s side, but they stuck to their offer for a first title in 10 years to reinforce.
Celtic has the chance to shorten the gap to 19 points if Hibernian is a guest live on Sky Sports Football. Start at 7.45 p.m.
It was a sloppy start from both sides. Ash Taylor was the first to tune out when he let a Tavernier ball sail over his head within the first 30 seconds. The Aberdeen defender was grateful that Morelos’ shot was saved by Joe Lewis.
The Rangers defenders were just as sluggish as the Hedges striker, who bounced through for Curtis Main, who struck the ball for attacking partner Sam Cosgrove. He raced for the ball, Connor Goldson went down, but the striker messed up his goal even though he only had to beat Allan McGregor.
Aberdeen: Lewis (7), Considine (6), Hoban (6), Taylor (7), Hayes (8), Hedges (5), Campbell (6), Ferguson (6), Wright (7), Main (5)), Cosgrove (6).
Subs: Logan (6), Kennedy (7), Edmondson (n / a).
Rangers: McGregor (7), Tavernier (7), Goldson (7), Balogun (6), Barisic (7), Kamara (6), Aribo (7), Davis (7), Kent (8), Hagi (7 )), Morelos (8).
Subs: Zungu (n / a).
Man of the match: Alfredo Morelos.
Aberdeen had left-back Jonny Hayes to thank for starting Ryan Kent’s attempt from the line before Lewis Tavernier’s follow-up parried.
The hosts should have stayed behind when Tavernier failed to get 10 in a row from the penalty spot. Morelos worked a clever one-two with Joe Aribo before heading into the box. The Colombian prepared to pull the trigger but instead went down after Hedges cut his heels from behind.
The referee brandished a straight red card, but Tavernier was unable to get Rangers up at the start, when his penalty shot wide of the post.
However, the Rangers took the lead five minutes later. Kent played the ball in Morelos’ path, and the striker turned and drilled a low finish past Lewis.
⚽️ @RangersFC has their longest top-division goal in each of their last 19 @spfl games on December 20, 2009. & April 2010 pic.twitter.com/73P53Gibvx
Shortly before the break it almost got worse for the Dons when Main took on a nasty challenge on Borna Barisic. Beaton only received one yellow card, but Derek McInnes decided against playing the striker and replaced him with Shay Logan.
The Rangers took a second advantage within five minutes of the restart. Again the threat came from the right as Aribo kicked the ball into the box. Another clever shot from Kent brought Morelos and the 24-year-old home as he scored his 10th goal of the season.
Derek McInnes was without Ross McCrorie against his parents’ club, while Steven Gerrard only made a change to the Old Firm- Last week’s line-up when Ianis Hagi replaced the injured Kemar Roofe.
It seemed an easy sailing for Gerrard’s men, but Aberdeen were able to grab a lifeline after 67 minutes. Cosgrove sent the ball to the right for Hayes, who shot home for unmarked substitute Kennedy.
A grandstand was completed, but the Rangers carefully managed to take their 15th straight win.
Steven Gerrard’s team are 22 points ahead of champions Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership standings …
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes: « Up to the penalty kick I thought we were very good – there was nothing in the game. Mine Assessment [the penalty and the red card] at the time, and now that I’ve seen it, is that Ryan Hedges did everything possible not to bring him down [Alfredo Morelos], you would think that would have an impact on the decision. But John Beaton told me at half time that he had nothing to do with the decision.
« I said to my staff: » We will find out a lot about my team in the second half. « The last Team to which you have a man f want to lead are rangers. I thought the players were excellent. We’re just not disappointed. Many teams would have folded on the second goal. «
Kris Boyd from Sky Sports:
« It doesn’t matter how you get there, the most important thing is to get the three points. That’s exactly what the Rangers did.
« Much of the performance will please Steven Gerrard. The Rangers haven’t been at their best lately but they have found ways to get results. With Kemar Roofe, it was important to get someone promoted. Alfredo Morelos did that, and Ryan Kent had a really good game too. «
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard: » I thought we were excellent until 2-0. At 2-0 we changed our mentality and way of thinking. We have passes and decisions that we didn’t have to meet. There are many things that we need. » Seeing but taking nine out of nine out of Aberdeen is a huge effort by the guys.
« Aberdeen had too many good chances when we were 2-0. It was very similar to Benfica. I’m looking for more lead on that It is still another fantastic win in a really difficult place. «
Sky Sports’ Kris Boyd: » His performance was not up to the standards he had set himself, but there were signs that he was back at his best It wasn’t in top form, but he returned to what he was last season. «
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard: » In the last few weeks something seems to have changed. He’s training well, he looks happy. Maybe that’s because he’s playing more. «
Steven Davis, Rangers midfielder: » I thought Morelos was excellent. He did his best and took some really good spaces between the lines. Obviously, a lot few good finishes so I’m happy me for him. Hopefully this is a sign of « things that come from him too. »
🎯 Alfredo Morelos has scored his 50th Scottish Premiership goal (109th appearance). He is the third player in this century to have scored 50 top goals for @RangersFC after Kris Boyd (101) & Kenny Miller (71) pic.twitter.com/iPWTIlneRQ
The Rangers are hosting Motherwell next Sunday ( January 17) in Ibrox, live at the Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event. Kick-off at 12:00.
Before that, Aberdeen will travel to Livingston on Wednesday (kick-off 7.45 p.m.) before heading to Ross County on Saturday (kick-off 3:00 p.m.).
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