By Graeme Hanna

23rd Apr, 2023 | 10:10pm

BBC Scotland reporter amazed by Aberdeen v Rangers development

BBC Scotland’s Tyrone Smith was amazed by the second-half turnaround as Aberdeen increased their advantage against Rangers in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership encounter.

After a first half in which Rangers were in the ascendancy, the hosts seized the initiative after the break by taking their chances when they came.

Aberdeen’s opener through Liam Scales did carry fortune as it sailed over Allan McGregor and into the net from distance.

As featured on BBC’s live online text commentary of the match, Smith pinpointed the difference which swung the balance of this contest.

“Since the break Rangers have been at sixes and sevens and Aberdeen have been a different side,” he stated.

“The Dons are doing what Rangers did in the first half, but with a cutting edge in front of goal.

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“Quite incredible stuff this.”

Not good enough

In this 2-0 defeat for Rangers, it was a harsh lesson as to what happens when you don’t take advantage when on top.

The chance in the first half for Morelos was prevented due to good work from Clarkson but there is no excuses for Sakala spurning his effort. Beyond that, the Gers dithered around the Dons’ box when opportunities were there to shoot.

In the second half, Scales was lucky to see his attempted cross go in, but they went again for more. There was no fortune about Bojan Miovski’s second for the hosts with Rangers all over the place in defence.

This was a key test for Beale’s current team and one that they failed as Aberdeen made in seven consecutive wins.

Ahead of the crunch meeting with Celtic in the Scottish Cup next week, this level of output from the players will not do, it is just not good enough and shows the distance that needs to be made up in the here and now, never mind next season.

In other Rangers news, Andy Walker was wowed by a first-half moment in the Rangers clash v Aberdeen.