Rangers travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League after a massive win in the Old Firm Derby at Ibrox last Saturday.
That 1-0 win, thanks to an own goal from Callum McGregor, put Rangers 19 points ahead of their great rivals in the standings. With 62 points from 22 games so far, Rangers are in command of their own destiny, even though Celtic have played three fewer games than them for now.
As has been emphasised a few times by now, Steven Gerrard’s side haven’t dropped a point in the league since mid-September, and with 16 games to go, look in prime position to finally end nine years of Celtic dominance in the Scottish Premier League.
Aberdeen themselves are not in a shabby position, with the Dons just four points behind Celtic at the moment, even though they have played a game more.
They couldn’t take full advantage of Celtic’s loss last weekend though, as they were held to a goalless stalemate by Dundee United.
Aberdeen vs Rangers Head-to-Head
Rangers have won 40 of the last 66 games that they have played against Aberdeen, while they have lost ten times. 16 of those games have ended in draws.
Aberdeen form guide: D-W-D-W-W
Rangers form guide: W-W-W-W-W
Aberdeen vs Rangers team news
Midfielder Dylan McGeouch has a groin injury, which will keep him out of this game. Aberdeen will also miss Michael Devlin and Marley Watkins, who have ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.
Ross McCrorie is ineligible to face his parent club.
Injured: Dylan McGeouch, Michael Devlin, Marley Watkins
Unavailable: Ross McCrorie
Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield could miss up to a month of action more, after he sustained ankle ligament damage in the league game against Hibernian last month. Ryan Jack is still out with a muscle injury. Nikola Katic’s recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament could end with a return to training at the end of this month.
Injured: Nikola Katic, Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield
Aberdeen vs Rangers Predicted XI
Aberdeen Predicted XI (3-4-3): Joe Lewis; Tommie Hoban, Ash Taylor, Andrew Considine; Ryan Hedges, Lewis Ferguson, Funso Ojo, Matty Kennedy; Ryan Edmondson, Curtis Main, Sam Cosgrove
Rangers Predicted XI (4-3-3): Allan McGregor; James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Borna Barisic; Steven Davis, Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara; Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, Ianis Hagi
Aberdeen vs Rangers Prediction
With Rangers’s record this season, especially their simple refusal to concede league goals (they’ve conceded just five this season), it is hard to look past them winning any game they play. We are predicting another comfortable win as Gerrard’s team continue their march to the title.
Prediction: Aberdeen 0-2 Rangers
Published 09 Jan 2021, 11:17 IST