Monday, 27 September 2010

Aberdeen 2-3 Rangers

Apologies for the weeks absence but I have been in a bit of a rush to find somewhere to live for the next seven months so I hope you'll excuse me! Anyway I a now blogging from my new flat and before I cover a game this evening would like to do a piece congratulating Rangers on a great comeback away at Aberdeen.

In a weekend of upsets across the border in the EPL there was no such thing in Scotland as both Rangers and Celtic won to share top position in the SPL with 18 points a piece. It was the blue half of Glasgow that had the tougher time of it and in the end had to come from 2-0 down to snatch a win.

The Dons had a perfect start as Maguire put Vernon through on 10 minutes and the striker has no problems slotting past McGregor for his fifth goal in four games. Rangers had a chance to equalise soon after as the ball fell for Miller but despite the power of the shot, Langfield was equal to it and beat the ball away from his near post.

Rangers were made to rue this on the half hour mark as Mackie delivered an early low cross and Maguire got the all-important touch to guide it into the goal. This two goal lead was not long lived though as only a few minutes later Weiss was brought down in the box by Ifil. The penalty was dubous as there appears to be minimal contact but the referee had no hesitation when pointing to the spot. Perhaps more interesting though was the afters that occurred. Diamond could easily have been sent off for a push on Weiss but after a bit of a scrap between the sides he received only yellow as did Rangers Naismith. Meanwhile Miller had no problem when converting the penalty.

So Aberdeen were 2-1 up at half-time but the lead didn't last long into the second half as an incisive Rangers breakaway eventually put Miller through who got his brace by smashing the ball into the roof of the net. The boys in blue were not finished yet and scored again on 67 minutes this time through Jelavic who was played through and had no problems scoring into an open goal after hitting the post only minutes earlier.

After working so hard to get a lead there was no way that Rangers were going to give this up in a hurry and defended well when they needed to. Maguire had the best of the chances for the Dons but it was a speculative effort and all hope was extinguished when the young Scot was sent off in the 87th minute.

With both Rangers and Celtic playing well and matching each others form this looks like it's hotting up to be a great season in the SPL for theses two giants and the neutral observer. Meanwhile if you get bored of the old firm dominating the top two positions, the relegation battle is just as, if not more, interesting.

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