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Although Aberdeen got a much-needed win under their belts last time out hosting Hibernian, it can’t mask the dire form they’ve displayed over the past couple of months.
Prior to that result, the Dons had failed to win in 10 appearances across all competitions, losing eight of these, though only two of the defeats came by more than a single goal.
However, the win over Hibernian came at a high price. Left-back Jack MacKenzie sustained an injury in training prior to the clash and with Andy Considine a long-term absentee, defensive midfielder Ross McCrorie was pushed out to the flank, though he himself has been filling in at centre-back this term.
With Declan Gallagher injured before half time and fellow centre-back Mikey Devlin already sidelined, Scott Brown had to drop into the backline at the weekend.
To make matters worse, right-back Calvin Ramsey was forced off after an hour, goalkeeper Joe Lewis played on with a broken nose, while left winger Matty Kennedy remains unavailable.
Rangers have won five of seven unbeaten clashes with Aberdeen over the past two seasons and also registered five clean sheets, with all four meetings last term ending with the Gers triumphant.
At Ibrox alone, Steven Gerrard’s side have won three of four meetings by 5-0, 4-0 and 4-0 scorelines, as the other saw them frustrated in a goalless stalemate.
Rangers To Win By One Goal
This clash should be a lot closer however and there’s certainly no guarantee of a home clean sheet. Rangers have shut out their opponents just once in six league games now, with even that coming against second from bottom Dundee.
None of their past seven league games have been settled one way or the other by more than a single strike, with the Gers winning 1-0 on two occasions and 2-1 in three of them.
Rangers have won 22 of 24 unbeaten league matches at Ibrox since the start of last season, though the two stalemates have come within their past three there.
Whereas Gerrard’s side kept clean sheets in 13 of the first 14 games in this sequence, they’ve since managed just four from the subsequent 10 appearances.
However, it’s worth noting that they only conceded two goals hosting teams that finished in the bottom half of the table last term, while the three goals they’ve shipped at Ibrox in the current campaign have all been netted by current top-half sides.
Rangers should expect nothing other than three points given home advantage and a crippling injury list for their opponents, especially in defence.
However, despite the Dons’ struggles, they are still keeping games tight and with Rangers yet to hit top form this season, will hope to at least put up a fight in defeat.
RANGERS TO WIN BY ONE GOAL
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