Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen: James Tavernier penalty double delays Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title celebrations


Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen: James Tavernier penalty double delays Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title celebrations

James Tavernier’s second-half penalty double helped Rangers finally get the better of Aberdeen in Glasgow with a 2-0 victory at Ibrox.

The Dons had knocked Gers out of both cup competitions in the city, and also silenced them on their last Ladbrokes Premiership trip south.

Steven Gerrard’s men have had some difficult outings against Aberdeen this season

But Tavernier ensured their was no clean sweep for Derek McInnes’ men as he swept home twice from the spot.

Defeat means Aberdeen – who finished the game with 10 men men after Andrew Considine was shown a second yellow card in conceding the second penalty – can no longer catch Gerrard’s team for second place.

And the Light Blues also avoided handing Celtic the title on the plate, with the champions-elect nine clear with nine points still available.

Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause in memory of Celtic great and former Dons boss Billy McNeill following his death earlier this week and the home supports’ tribute was every bit as gracious as the visitors’.

Both teams centred their approaches around the long ball. Rangers were looking to make the most of Jermain Defoe’s movement by slipping the veteran in behind, while Aberdeen set out hoping to make the most of Sam Cosgrove’s ability in the air.

The Dons nearly got the early breakthrough 13 minutes in when James Wilson dumped a long free-kick into the back-post area – but Cosgrove could only nod wide.

It was Gers’ turn to go long soon after as Connor Goldson shelled the ball in from the back, leading to a clumsy collision between Defoe and Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

The Pittodrie number one took a moment getting back to his feet but McInnes would soon have reason to be relieved that he was able to continue.

Gers turned up the heat as the game reached the midway point of the half.