Stoppage-time equaliser denies Gerrard Scottish Premiership winning start


first_img Morelos’ dismissal got Rangers off to a dreadful start Latest Scottish Premiership News Tavernier’s penalty appeared to be enough to give Rangers all three points Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Rangers fans will have been encouraged even further by the club’s progress through the Europa League qualifying rounds, however, this game was Gerrard’s biggest test as Rangers boss to date.They started well and should have taken the lead on four minutes when Jamie Murphy latched onto a through ball but fluffed his lines.On eleven minutes, Gerrard was forced to reshuffle his team’s set-up after Morelos was given a harsh straight red for kicking McKenna after the two clashed off the ball.However, this did not seem to deter Rangers for too long as they took the lead on the half hour through captain Tavernier’s penalty after Windass was hauled to the floor by Ball. 2 2 scrap Allan McGregor needed to tip Niall McGinn’s searching cross away from danger as the visitors went into half-time a goal to the good.The second-half saw Aberdeen have more possession but they failed to penetrate their opponents back line until the third minute of stoppage time when substitute Anderson struck low into the bottom left corner as both sides shared the spoils.LINE-UPSAberdeen XI: Lewis, Ball, Devlin, McKenna (Forrester 31), Considine, Gleeson (May 52), Shinnie, Ferguson, McGinn, Cosgrove (Anderson 71), Mackay-StevenSubs not used: Wright, Campbell, Harrington, CernyRangers XI: McGregor, Tavernier, Katic, Goldson, Flanagan, Arfield, Jack (Ekaria 82), Coulibaly, Murphy (Kent 70), Windass, MorelosSubs not used: Umar, Halliday, McCrorie, Candeias, Alnwick Things got off to an appalling start for Gerrard and co. when Alfredo Morelos was sent off for a kick out off the ball on Dons defender Scott McKenna.Gers managed to regroup from the initial shock and took the lead through Tavernier’s spot-kick after Josh Windass was pulled back by Dominic Ball.The home side improved after the break but failed to create any real clear-cut chances until right at the end when Dons debutante Anderson latched onto Andrew Considine’s knock down to earn Derek McInnes’ men a draw.There has been a great deal of excitement since Gerrard was appointed manager of the Glasgow-based side in the summer. A stoppage-time Aberdeen equaliser prevented Rangers boss Steven Gerrard from getting off to a winning start in his first Scottish Premiership game in charge of the club.Substitute Bruce Anderson’s neat finish cancelled out James Tavernier’s first-half penalty in a game where the visitors played most of the game with ten men.last_img

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