Rangers boss Michael Beale finds himself at the centre of an impassioned Aberdeen v Hearts debate just as the Gorgie club set the record straight by humiliating their northeast rivals.

The Gers boss had previously claimed heading into last weekend’s League Cup semi-final that the Dons are Scotland’s third force.

Rangers v Aberdeen - Viaplay Cup Semi-final
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Rangers managed to dispatch the Dons 2-1 after extra time with Jim Goodwin’s side facing a trip to Edinburgh to face Hearts following the League Cup defeat.

Heading into the Tynecastle clash, the comments of Michael Beale about Aberdeen being the third force appeared to rile some sections of Hearts-dom, with ex-Jambos boss Ryan Stevenson less than impressed.

Hearts blow away Aberdeen amid Michael Beale comments

The Michael Beale comments appeared to have riled up the Hearts team who have just blown away Aberdeen 5-0 to leave Jim Goodwin’s job hanging by a thread.

Whilst the result will be celebrated by Rangers fans everywhere – Aberdeen certainly no friends of ours – its a startling insight into the gap that currently exists between the Dons and the Jambos.

A Graeme Shinnie own goal has Hearts in front before goals from Michael Smith, Lawrence Shankland (p) and Josh Ginnelly had them four up without reply by half-time.

Cammy Devlin added extra gloss onto the result in the second period.

The comments of Michael Beale might mean little at Rangers, especially considering the Gers are the only team Aberdeen and their fans are generally motivated to play, but they seem to have hit home at Hearts.

Whilst Rangers fans will be delighted to see Aberdeen humiliated by Hearts, there’s still plenty of time for those Beale comments to come back and bite the club.

Rangers travel to Tynecastle on the 1st of February and we reckon more than a few Hearts stars will have a point to prove in the match.

Here’s our match report from Rangers’ win over Kilmarnock.

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