Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw at Aberdeen was a blow to Rangers’ Premiership title ambitions.

During a season in which, to date, those outside the top two have struggled to compete, every dropped point seems extra costly.

Major disappointment followed an avoidable draw at Aberdeen. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

After an excellent first half an hour, the performance was poor and the defending dreadful, while the Gers looked devoid of ideas going forward.

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Connor Goldson and Filip Helander were much criticised after the game, Jon Flanagan copped flack for his glaring error and as usual, when Rangers slip up, James Tavernier needed to reach for his hard hat.

Further up the field, others such as Joe Aribo and substitute Sheyi Ojo, were also targets for criticism.

Yet, come the weekend, every Ger who is currently being villified, has a chance to become a hero.

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A Hampden final awaits and we already know that if the boss gets the tactics right and the players turn up, Rangers can compete with this Celtic side.

Ryan Jack celebrates netting in one of two Old Firm wins last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sure, some ground has been lost in the title race, but Celtic stumbled past a Hamilton side that the Gers have scored eight past in two meetings this season. They weren’t convincing either.

 

Without Odsonne Edouard, they lack a cutting edge and there’s a chance 21-year-old will lose his battle to be fit for this one [Daily Record].

Dropping points at Pittodrie in December isn’t necessarily season-defining, but Sunday may well be.

The Gers have been there or thereabouts at times over the last season-and-a-half, but this is the chance to exert real pressure on Lennon and co.

It’s time for the senior players and the match-winners to grab it.

It doesn’t matter how it comes, but if Rangers finally secure major silverware this weekend, the Pittodrie lapses will be immediately consigned to ancient history.

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