Rangers boss Michael Beale has been left red-faced by Aberdeen as Scotland’s “third-best side” are humiliated by Darvel in the Scottish Cup.
Scottish football has been shocked by the sixth tier side’s extraordinary 1-0 victory over the Premiership outfit with the pressure now firmly on manager Jim Goodwin as a result.
Aberdeen only seem able to find anything like their level against Rangers and it feels especially good that the Ibrox side have beaten them twice in recent weeks.
The first – an injury time Scott Arfield double that left Pittodrie devastated – has had a mentally scarring impact on the club and support and when you add in the League Cup semi-final defeat it’s been a satisfying few weeks against the Dons.
But whilst Rangers fans will be relishing the Darvel result and goading their Aberdeen rivals aplenty, Ibrox manager Michael Beale might be feeling a little red-faced after glowing comments about Jim Goodwin’s side.
Darvel Aberdeen upset will have Michael Beale thinking twice
Ibrox manager Beale came in for some criticism after claiming that the Dons were Scotland’s “third best” side despite Hearts finishing in the position last season and being in pole position to do so again this year.
The Jambos took their own frustrations with the comments out in a 5-0 thrashing of Aberdeen last week and now Darvel have added insult to injury.
At the very least, we suspect Michael Beale might be rethinking his comments as the Pittodrie support rage at Jim Goodwin, Dave Cormack and their lacklustre squad.
But perhaps the Aberdeen fans need to take a long hard look at themselves and the expectations they’ve set over the last few seasons.
It seems to be acceptable for our tinpot northeastern divisional rivals to divert all their energies into matches with Rangers and it’s remarkably satisfying to see it all unravel at the club.
The Aberdeen defeat to Darvel will be replayed for generations to point and laugh in astonishment and the result stands as (probably) the worst ever Scottish Cup shock of all time.
Darvel have earned a fifth round home tie against Falkirk as a result of the victory whilst Rangers will face Partick Thistle at Ibrox after beating St Johnstone.
The situation with Ibrox loanee Cole McKinnon is certainly an interesting one heading into that game.