As Aberdeen sack manager Stephen Glass amid a woeful run of form, Rangers will be ruing dropped points against a side who have let their manager and club down.
Only seeming to find a fighting spirit against the Blue side of Glasgow, Aberdeen have managed two draws against the Gers in their only highlights of a disappointing season.
Taking a new direction from ex-boss Derek McInnes – who had built the club into the perennial third force in Scotland – Stephen Glass has paid the price for some woeful performances.
Trying to change up the philosophy of Aberdeen hasn’t paid dividends for the rookie manager who leaves with the Dons – rather incredibly – in 9th place in the Premiership.
A run of one win in six – a Scottish Cup victory over Edinburgh City – culminated in the cup defeat to Motherwell and has symbolised a lacklustre season at Pittodrie.
But Rangers must now be counting the cost of four dropped points against a squad who have struggled to adopt a progressive playing style into their game.
Stephen Glass sacked by Aberdeen as Rangers count cost of four points dropped
Rangers have been out-fought against the Dons this campaign and but for a late penalty at Ibrox would’ve went down 2-1 at Ibrox with the other match finishing 1-1 at Pittodrie.
It’s telling that when Aberdeen have resorted to type this season they’ve managed to eke out results against Rangers but have struggled to play an imposing style against the rest of the league.
Whoever comes in next will face a dilemma with the Dons regarding how the team plays, with fans hounding Derek McInnes out the door for apparently negative tactics.
There’s a lesson in here somewhere for Rangers in that they should be treating this no-mark Dons side with the contempt it deserves and not getting pulled into a battle against them.
Those four points could be pivotal in the title race and there are plenty who believe some of those Aberdeen players would be happy enough with their contribution this season if that turned out to be the case.
Speaking of Aberdeen, read about how they’re raging after one Rangers-linked player stood up to some pretty heavy abuse following their latest defeat.