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For Rangers there was always the fear that long December nights away from home might end this. In deep and bitter disappointment and the sense that a valuable two points had been lost.

With half an hour played here Steven Gerrard's team were in cruise control. Had it been a boxing match referee John Beaton would have called a halt to the action to prevent further damaging blows to Aberdonian pride. Goals from Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack looked like the prelude to a rout.

Jon Gallagher's first Aberdeen goal before half-time felt like the flicking of a switch. A rejuvenated Dons side levelled through Andrew Considine three minutes into the second half, top scorer Sam Cosgrove blowing a glorious chance to win all three points.

James Tavernier's low cross from the right was steered home by Scott Arfield for first goal

James Tavernier's low cross from the right was steered home by Scott Arfield for first goal

News of Celtic's 92nd minute winner at Parkhead did nothing to ease the mental angst of Rangers. Neither, for that matter, did the decision of Beaton to deny them what Gerrard called a 'blatant' penalty kick for Lewis Ferguson's trip on Alfredo Morelos 17 minutes from time on the 18-yard line.

Perfectly placed the referee gave a free kick instead and offered an apology to the Rangers manager after the match.

A recent humiliating 5-0 loss at Ibrox was the lowest point of the Derek McInnes era. Swiftly followed by the loss of four goals to Celtic at home in the first half of a humbling 4-0 defeat Aberdeen needed to show they could still compete and last night they did. Unbeaten in their last six, one defeat in their last eight is a vindication for Aberdeen's manager. Last night, at least, the critics fell silent.

Yet, for half an hour here they were screaming blue murderr. Gerrard's team wrapped themselves round a weak and vulnerable victim and squeezed tight.. Goals from Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack left the home team gasping for breath, the movement and invention threatening another embarassing rout.

Former Dons skipper Ryan Jack doubled the visitors' advantage in the 30th minute

Former Dons skipper Ryan Jack doubled the visitors' advantage in the 30th minute

Since losing to Celtic the Dons had won four and drawn one. Yet in those opening stages Aberdeen were brushed off the ball easily. They couldn't keep the ball and on the occasions when they did they gave it straight away. Ibrox skipper James Tavernier was struck by a pie thrown thrown by a Dons supporter in the south stand and that was as close as anyone wearing red came to laying a glove on the visitors.

It's said often enough that goals change games. And from Aberdeen's first joined up attack of the match Jon Gallagher's first strike for the Pittodrie side offered McInnes and his side an unlikely lifeline before half-time.

In a remarkable turnaround they were level three minutes into the second period, Andrew Considine's fourth goal of the season transforming the game completely. Unexpectedly, dramatically, we had a game on our hands.

Rangers travelled north looking to maintain their impressive goalscoring momentum before Sunday's Betfred Cup Final.

Jon Gallagher gave the home side a lifeline when he pulled a goal in the 39th minute

Jon Gallagher gave the home side a lifeline when he pulled a goal in the 39th minute

The Rangers opening goal came after 18 minutes. The wonder was it took as

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