Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that going to Pittodrie without fans is “different” a he prepares for his second visit to the Granite City this season when the Gers take on Aberdeen this afternoon.
The Light Blues travelled north on the opening day of the season, running out comfortable winners in the end, but Gerrard knows his side will be in for a tough game.
The Ibrox boss is hoping to return to Glasgow with three points and a good performance to go with it at a “calmer” Pittodrie.
“The first fixture at Pittodrie was a real tough one for us,” Gerrard said [Scottish Sun]
“It was a challenge for us to go up there for the first away game of the season against a good coach in Derek McInnes who has his team well-drilled.
“The rivalry goes without saying but it was different going up to Pittodrie.
“It was a lot calmer in terms of the atmosphere. To play an empty stadium is different.
“It’s still going to be a tough game but we’re looking forward to the challenge at the weekend.
“They will have players back and they are in a decent period of form themselves.
“It should be a fantastic match for everyone on the outside.
“For me, the challenge is to go up there and try and get the three points and to find the best performance from a Rangers point of view.”
The Gers have won their previous 14 league games and will be desperate to make it 15 and maintain their title charge before Celtic play on Monday.
After an eight-day break following the Old Firm, Gerrard’s side will hopefully be refreshed and ready to go against Derek McInnes’ Dons.
With the Gers struggling in the last two years following the new year, there’s plenty pressure on Rangers to ensure they perform this afternoon.
Rangers will now have the opportunity to go 22 points clear in the title race v Aberdeen but any talk of title celebrations should be shelved until the club actually wins it.