Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen: Steven Gerrard’s squad comes from two goals behind after tribute to Walter Smith
Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen: Steven Gerrard’s side come from two goals behind thanks to the attack by Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier on the day the Scottish champions paid tribute to the late Walter Smith
- Rangers came to a 2-2 draw with Aberdeen after two goals on Wednesday
- Ibrox paid an emotional tribute to Walter Smith, who passed away this week
- The Dons went two goals ahead of Christian Ramirez and Scott Brown
- Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier struck both sides of the break to get on level
Rangers fought back from two goals behind and draw 2-2 with Aberdeen at Ibrox, but their lead at the top of the cinch Premiership was reduced to two points.
With the Govan club still reeling from the death of former manager Walter Smith on Tuesday, it was an emotionally charged stadium as the visitors raced to a two-goal lead after 15 minutes by headers from striker Christian Ramirez and former Celtic champions. captain Scott Brown.
The shocked champions narrowed the deficit with a header from Alfredo Morelos in the 20th minute and tied the score with 10 minutes to go through a James Tavernier penalty but had to settle for a point.
Rangers drew 2-2 with Aberdeen on the day the champions paid tribute to Walter Smith
Ibrox was emotionally charged on Wednesday after club legend Smith passed away this week
Steven Gerrard’s side are still at 24 points and Celtic are now at 22 points after their 3-1 win over Hibernian. Hearts and Dundee United are one point further behind.
It was a massive effort from the Dons, who had stopped the rot from 10 straight games without a win with a 1-0 home win over Hibernian on Saturday, while Rangers remain warm and cold.
There was a perfectly perceived minute of silence before the game to commemorate Smith before a frenetic and exciting first half unfolded.
The home fans were stunned when Aberdeen midfielder Dean Campbell, back in the side alongside Dylan McGeouch and Jonny Hayes, played in Ryan Hedges who held the ball up for Ramirez to head in from six yards.
Steven Gerrard’s team went down 2-0 thanks to goals from Christian Ramirez and Scott Brown
There was more drama six minutes later when Dons captain Brown, whose every touch was booed, produced a stunning header from a corner of McGeouch to make it 2-0 and he enjoyed his celebration. The Light Blues were in total disarray.
The much-needed lifeline for Rangers came as Morelos stood up in a packed penalty area to nod in a free kick from Captain Tavernier.
As the pressure mounted on the Dons, defender David Bates blocked a targeted drive from Gers centre-back Connor Goldson.
But captain James Tavernier saved a point with a penalty after Alfredo Morelos’ goal
From a different angle in the 34th minute, Goldson and John Lundstram had fended off attempts by huge numbers around the six-yard box and just before the break, Joe Lewis brilliantly saved Goldson’s ball head from a Tavernier corner.
Rangers tried to force the issue at the start of the second half, but it was labored rather than inspired. Scott Arfield replaced Lundstram on the hour with Marley Watkins for Ramirez, before Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala came in to help Rangers save at least a point.
The frustrated home fans roared with 10 minutes to go when referee John Beaton pointed to the penalty spot after Bates fouled Sakala and Tavernier shot the ball past Lewis to set up a smashing final, but that was as much as Rangers got.