Derek McInnes has admitted his side were completely outplayed by Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The Dons had a lot of joy in Glasgow last year, defeating the Gers at Ibrox in the league and in the Scottish Cup, as well triumphing in a Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

Lewis Ferguson’s header inflicted a painful Hampden defeat upon Rangers last season. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was a totally different show this time, though, with the Gers dominating the game after taking the lead in the 20th minute.

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“It was a good time for Rangers to play us and a bad time for us to play them,” said McInnes, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “Rangers were very good but they were allowed to be better than I’d have liked.”

“From when we lost the first goal, you saw the gulf in quality and experience at times. When you play against a team like Rangers, who are all-singing and all-dancing, I need my better players.

“We looked like a team playing our own wee game and we lacked the personality and experience you need to get a result at Ibrox.”

James Tavernier scored twice from the spot in the 5-0 mauling. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

McInnes, who infamously turned down the chance to become Rangers manager back in 2017, has been quite open and honest in his post-match assessment here.

Although, in fairness, the scoreline didn’t leave him with much choice. His side were given a hiding at Ibrox and in truth, it could quite easily have been more than five.

A spate of injuries have depleted the Dons’ resources and missing big players like Scott McKenna, Andy Considine and Craig Bryson meant their chances always looked slim.

Having said that, those who did play failed to put up resistance worthy of any note, with the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Greg Stewart wreaking havoc in the second-half in particular.

It’s a scoreline that banished a few 2018/19 demons for Steven Gerrard and will be a sore one to take for his opposite number.

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