Saturday January 21, 2012 Day 24 Finished Ibrox Stadium

Rangers 1 - 1 Aberdeen

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  1. Rangers held by spirited Aberdeen

    Rangers held by spirited Aberdeen

    Maurice Edu's 67th-minute goal rescued a point for Rangers as a spirited Aberdeen held them to a 1-1 draw in the SPL at Ibrox. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Rangers
    • Aberdeen
    • 90'+3 And that's the final whistle! Aberdeen have withstood everything Rangers threw at them and come away from Ibrox with a creditable 1-1 draw! It’s a missed opportunity for Ally McCoist's men who now find themselves four points behind Celtic at the top! Thanks for joining us!
    • 90'+3 Late, late free-kick for Rangers, 30 yards out! Davis takes it, Knocked away, falls to ALUKO on the volley just inside the box!! Palmed away by Brown!! That's surely saved a point for the Dons!!
    • 90'+1 We're in the first of three added minutes as the free-kick comes to nothing.
    • 90' Great run by Magennis! Bocanegra with a cynical challenge on the Dons man! That could be a red! No! Ref Brines opts for yellow. Free-kick to Aberdeen some 35 yards out!
    • 89' Wylde tries to set up Jelavic, there's not much on but he tries his luck anyway!! No problem for Brown from that range.
    • 88' Aluko beats Robertson, the Aberdeen man sticks out a leg and concedes another corner. That's a 12th Rangers corner today! One more test for the Dons to pass!
    • 87' Clark Robertson does well to clear the danger, Aluko latches on that one but Fyvie thumps the ball far, far away!
    • 86' Papac smacks the ball into the middle. Reynolds is in the thick of it and that's yet another Rangers corner!
    • 85' We're in the last five minutes. There's a desperate air around Ibrox now as Arnason gets booked for a challenge on Wylde.
    • 84' McGregor will play a long ball into the Aberdeen half as they set themselves again for a late onslaught.
    • 83' In it comes, Jelavic with the flick-on! BARTLEY!! Oooh! if he got anything on that, it would have been in the net!! Aberdeen are rocking!
    • 82' Kerkar with the cross, eludes both Jelavic and Wylde, but that'll be another corner!
    • 81' Rangers clear, good break, Papac beats McArdle, cuts it back for EDU!! Hits it with his right foot! Inches wide!! So close to what surely would have been a winner for the Gers!
    • 79' Again Aberdeen stand firm and break. ARNASON!! Smashes a shot from 30 yards out!! It swerves in front of McGregor who has to beat it away for a corner! That's a reminder for Rangers that their opponents are still in this one!
    • 78' Jelavic sniffing around on the edge of the Aberdeen box and wins yet another corner for the Gers! Tremendous pressure on the Aberdeen goal!
    • 77' In it comes, Reynolds clears, but it's getting ever more frantic at the back. It's still Rangers 1 Aberdeen 1.
    • 76' We're in the last 15 minutes as Rangers force another corner!
    • 75' McArdle almost caught in possession by Kerkar. Needs Jack to help him out.
    • 74' Change for Aberdeen. Fallon makes way for Darren Mackie.
    • 72' Still Rangers come forward, Jelavic on the edge of the box. Wins another header. Kerkar is lurking but the ball drifts through to a relived Brown.
    • 71' Davis takes it!! Over the bar!!
    • 70' Free-kick to Rangers now 25 yards out! Jelavic knocks down a header, Fyvie cynically fouls Davis and gets a yellow card.
    • 69' It's another corner for Rangers as they turn the screw! It's a long time for Aberdeen to last out!
    • 68' GOAL RANGERS!! The ball comes in, Edu hits it and the ball ltakes a wicked deflection and loops over Browns' s outstretched right hand! Rangers 1 Aberdeen 1!!
    • 65' Rangers have a succession of set pieces. Aberdeen have to hold on here as the pressure ramps up!
    • 64' Instant response by Ally McCoist. Wallace and Healy make way for Salim Kerkar and Gregg Wylde.
    • 63' But there's no stopping that one!! GOAL ABERDEEN!! Scott Vernon wins a tackle, Clarke wins the second ball, plays a superb ball to Arnason! He cuts the ball onto his right foot and beats McGregor all ends up! Rangers 0 Aberdeen 1!!
    • 60' Off the line by Bocanegra! Rangers are furious as Arnason clearly handled that one. Nothing doing says the ref!
    • 59' Good counter by the Dons! Six quick passes finds CHRIS CLARK!! McGregor pushes it behind and it's a corner to Aberdeen! Good effort by Clark!
    • 58' Bocanegra tries to find Wallace. Jack is there again. Davis picks up the ball, to Aluko now. Again the red shirts stand firm and push the hosts back.
    • 56' Ball comes in but now Rangers have a free-kick of their own and have certainly stepped it up this half.
    • 55' Free-kick to Aberdeen. Some relief for the visitors who have pinned back in the last few minutes.
    • 53' Fyvie has it again for the visitors. Crunching tackle from Edu. Good counter with Davis! Plays it into the box! JELAVIC!! Can't make contact!! Reynolds will clear!
    • 52' Throw to Aberdeen. It’s another huge throw from the Icelander, but the Rangers defence stands firm.
    • 50' The wind and the rain is making life trick at Ibrox, although Aluko skips through the slippery conditions. McArdle looks unsettled but the Dons eventually clear the danger.
    • 49' Bartley is forced back towards his own goal, Edu has it, storms over the halfway line, Davis drives and slips the ball through but Healy is caught offside! Had the opportunity to look across the line there!
    • 48' Arnason launches long, Rangers can clear, and the live-wire Aluko picks it up. No way through this time as Jack takes the ball off him.
    • 47' Bocanegra comes forward, wayward delivery by the American and Aberdeen have a throw.
    • 46' Bocanegra has it and immediately Aberdeen drop back in numbers. Similar pattern to the first half in the offing!
    • 46' We're back underway at Ibrox. No changes at the break.
    • - And David Weir is on the pitch at half-time. After five years with the club, the skipper has announced he will be leaving Rangers. Understandably, the popular Gers servant receives a standing ovation after winning eight domestic honours!
    • 45'+1 And that's the half time whistle! Aberdeen will be the happier of the two sides after a stubborn resistance keeps the score 0-0 at the break.
    • 45'+1 Aluko fires the ball in, HEALY!! Pokes the ball through Vernon's legs but Brown is there to make a smart save!
    • 45' There'll be one minute of added time.
    • 43' Good counter by Aberdeen. Reynolds clears to Magennis, who drives at the Rangers half. This is a great run, SHOOTS!! Fails to test McGregor from an acute angle!
    • 41' Long throw for Rangers, Healy knocks the ball down to EDU!! Strikes the ball into the ground and it misses the post by inches!! The Gers are suddenly knocking on the door!
    • 40' That was almost it!! Jelavic and Aluko link up, Davis leaves the ball to WALLACE who lashes the ball narrowly wide!!
    • 39' There's no doubt that Aberdeen look pretty comfortable at the moment. Rangers need a moment of skill to shake them up.
    • 38' Papac to Goian. Finds Healy. Patient build-up as Aberdeen watch and wait as Rangers play the ball around in front of them.
    • 37' Rangers come forward with Dorin Goian. Hardly seen him today as McArdle breaks up the play. Bocanegra is forced backward to the frustration of the Ibrox faithful.
    • 35' ALUKO!! Tries a snapshot but doesn't test Brown as the ball flies high and wide!
    • 35' Good tackle by Fyvie on Edu. No problem for the Aberdeen man to hit a moving target after all the fun and games in the corner!
    • 33' Fifth time lucky! Good delivery, ARNASON!! Glancing header that clips the top of the Rangers crossbar! So close for the Dons skipper!
    • 32' End to end stuff and Aberdeen have a corner of their own. Fraser Fyvie tries to take it as the ball blows out of the quadrant. Again the wind takes the ball. We need some Rugby Union sand here!
    • 31' Aluko to take it. The wind catches that one and Bocanegra can do nothing with the delivery other than watch it sail out.
    • 30' We're at the half hour mark. Long ball for Aluko, performs a clever series of stepovers to baffle his former teammates and wins a corner!
    • 28' Jack nutmegs Papac much to the delight of the Aberdeen fans, Looks for Fallon but Bocanegra stands firm and mops up the danger.
    • 27' Reynolds for Aberdeen. There are few options in front of him because the Dons are bringing everyone behind the ball.
    • 25' Great move by Rangers, Jelavic with a neat flick, the ball falls to HEALY!!! Misses the target from 16 yards out!! Should have at least tested Jason Brown from there!! Ryan Jack will be a relieved man as he played the Rangers man onside!
    • 24' No damage done and McArdle is back on.
    • 23' Rory McArdle is off the pitch temporarily, but play continues.
    • 22' There are two players down. Looks like a clash of heads and the physios are on.
    • 21' In it comes! Aluko delivers an inswinger with pace! JELAVIC!! Great save by Brown onto the top of the crossbar! First chance of the match!!
    • 20' Aberdeen have settled in the last 10 minutes. Jelavic tries to find Healy. Knocked clear. Bocanegra collects the ball and returns the ball with interest. Papac to Edu, Aluko is away and is clattered by Clark Robertson! That'll be a yellow card for the Don.
    • 19' Magennis gives the ball away cheaply. Vernon does well to anticipate and break up the play. It's still with Rangers, but that's good defending from Jack who makes the tackle on Wallace and wins a throw into the bargain.
    • 18' In it comes, Fallon knocks it down and Bartley is forced to bang it clear as the ball bounces around the Gers' box!
    • 17' That's good battling by the Dons. They win three 50-50s and Arnason has a chance to launch a long throw into the Rangers box.
    • 15' It's all Rangers at the moment. Plenty of possession but no final ball and neither keeper has been called into action as we move beyond the 15 minute mark.
    • 14' Bocanegra looks for the Croatian again, Reynolds is there, drives the ball against Aluko and Edu will collect the loose ball as Rangers build again.
    • 13' Cross comes in, the huge frame of McGregor looms large and the keeper makes a clean catch.
    • 12' Aluko again looks for Jelavic who may be playing his last game in a blue shirt. Aluko with a shirt tug, and Aberdeen break.
    • 11' Foul by Fallon. David Healy is there to knock the ball in. Jack thinks it's going out, Wallace thinks otherwise, Jelavic tries to get on the end of it, but the Dons can clear their lines.
    • 10' We're 10 minutes in and it’s been a bright start by the home side. Bartley whips in a fast cross into the six-yard box, Mark Reynolds has to make the clearance.
    • 9' Arnason is dispossessed. Edu for Rangers. Jelavic stabs it forward for Davis, who runs to the byline, cross comes in and Jason Brown claims at the second attempt at the near post!
    • 8' McGregor is quick off the line as Scott Vernon tries to get on the end of Fallon's flick-on. No sign of that thigh injury there!
    • 6' Lee Wallace making inroads, Kari Arnason blocks the Rangers man off. Wallace appeals for a foul. Nothing doing says the ref. The Icelander is skipper today following Andrew Considine's injury.
    • 5' Nice link up play by Ryan Jack and Josh Magennis, no way through though and Rangers will clear.
    • 4' Good defending by Carlos Bocanegra. Bartley gives the ball away and Aberdeen can come forward.
    • 3' Early half chance for Rangers and it fell to the Croatian who has been the subject of transfer speculatio Read Gers and Hammers open Jelavic talks.
    • 2' In it comes to the far post from Some Aluko, NIKICA JELAVIC! Rises to meet the header but can't get proper contact and the ball loops to safety.
    • 1' Early free-kick for the Gers. Steven Davis takes it, Kyle Bartley wins a corner.
    • 1' The Dons get us underway!
    • 15:00 And the teams are out to Tina Turner's 'Simply the Best'.
    • 14:59 But the game has come too soon for Rangers' new signing Mervan Celik. Read Rangers sign midfielder Celik.
    • 14:58 Aberdeen have a host of injuries. Skipper Andrew Considine is the latest casualty with a pulled hamstring. Mohamed Chalali drops to the bench. Craig Brown brings Josh Magennis and Rory Fallon into the starting line-up.
    • 14:55 So as we wait for the teams, Allan McGregor is the only change to the Gers. The stopper returns between the sticks after recovering from a thigh injury.
    • 14:51 Pittodrie saw the Gers edge out Aberdeen 2-1 in October. Kyle Lafferty opened the scoring on 58 minutes. Nikica Jelavic added a second on 70 although Ricky Foster ensured a tense finish when he pulled a goal back with eight minutes left.
    • 14:50 The Gers have taken maximum points off the Dons this campaign. Steven Davis and Steven Naismith were on target in a 2-0 win in August.
    • 14:48 When these sides last met, Rangers had a 12 point lead at the SPL summit, but they now trail Celtic by five points at the top following the Bhoys 2-0 win at St Mirren earlier today. Celtic sink battling Saints
    • 14:44 And our ref today is Iain Brines.
    • 14:43 The teams are in! RANGERS: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace, Jelavic, Healy. Subs: Alexander, McCulloch, Ortiz, Bedoya, Wylde, Kerkar, McCabe. /// ABERDEEN: Brown, Jack, McArdle, Reynolds, Robertson, Magennis, Fyvie, Arnason, Clark, Fallon, Vernon. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Chalali, Paton, Megginson, Fraser, Masson.
    • 14:40 Hello and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the SPL clash between Rangers and Aberdeen from Ibrox!
  • Summary

    • 90'+3 Late, late free-kick for Rangers, 30 yards out! Davis takes it, Knocked away, falls to ALUKO on the volley just inside the box!! Palmed away by Brown!! That's surely saved a point for the Dons!!
    • 89' Wylde tries to set up Jelavic, there's not much on but he tries his luck anyway!! No problem for Brown from that range.
    • 83' In it comes, Jelavic with the flick-on! BARTLEY!! Oooh! if he got anything on that, it would have been in the net!! Aberdeen are rocking!
    • 81' Rangers clear, good break, Papac beats McArdle, cuts it back for EDU!! Hits it with his right foot! Inches wide!! So close to what surely would have been a winner for the Gers!
    • 79' Again Aberdeen stand firm and break. ARNASON!! Smashes a shot from 30 yards out!! It swerves in front of McGregor who has to beat it away for a corner! That's a reminder for Rangers that their opponents are still in this one!
    • 71' Davis takes it!! Over the bar!!
    • 63' But there's no stopping that one!! GOAL ABERDEEN!! Scott Vernon wins a tackle, Clarke wins the second ball, plays a superb ball to Arnason! He cuts the ball onto his right foot and beats McGregor all ends up! Rangers 0 Aberdeen 1!!
    • 60' Off the line by Bocanegra! Rangers are furious as Arnason clearly handled that one. Nothing doing says the ref!
    • 59' Good counter by the Dons! Six quick passes finds CHRIS CLARK!! McGregor pushes it behind and it's a corner to Aberdeen! Good effort by Clark!
    • 53' Fyvie has it again for the visitors. Crunching tackle from Edu. Good counter with Davis! Plays it into the box! JELAVIC!! Can't make contact!! Reynolds will clear!
    • - And David Weir is on the pitch at half-time. After five years with the club, the skipper has announced he will be leaving Rangers. Understandably, the popular Gers servant receives a standing ovation after winning eight domestic honours!
    • 45'+1 Aluko fires the ball in, HEALY!! Pokes the ball through Vernon's legs but Brown is there to make a smart save!
    • 43' Good counter by Aberdeen. Reynolds clears to Magennis, who drives at the Rangers half. This is a great run, SHOOTS!! Fails to test McGregor from an acute angle!
    • 41' Long throw for Rangers, Healy knocks the ball down to EDU!! Strikes the ball into the ground and it misses the post by inches!! The Gers are suddenly knocking on the door!
    • 40' That was almost it!! Jelavic and Aluko link up, Davis leaves the ball to WALLACE who lashes the ball narrowly wide!!
    • 35' ALUKO!! Tries a snapshot but doesn't test Brown as the ball flies high and wide!
    • 33' Fifth time lucky! Good delivery, ARNASON!! Glancing header that clips the top of the Rangers crossbar! So close for the Dons skipper!
    • 25' Great move by Rangers, Jelavic with a neat flick, the ball falls to HEALY!!! Misses the target from 16 yards out!! Should have at least tested Jason Brown from there!! Ryan Jack will be a relieved man as he played the Rangers man onside!
    • 21' In it comes! Aluko delivers an inswinger with pace! JELAVIC!! Great save by Brown onto the top of the crossbar! First chance of the match!!
    • 2' In it comes to the far post from Some Aluko, NIKICA JELAVIC! Rises to meet the header but can't get proper contact and the ball loops to safety.
    • 14:43 The teams are in! RANGERS: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace, Jelavic, Healy. Subs: Alexander, McCulloch, Ortiz, Bedoya, Wylde, Kerkar, McCabe. /// ABERDEEN: Brown, Jack, McArdle, Reynolds, Robertson, Magennis, Fyvie, Arnason, Clark, Fallon, Vernon. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Chalali, Paton, Megginson, Fraser, Masson.

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