Hampden won’t have been the centre of attention for many Rangers fans today as Celtic eased by Aberdeen to book their place in next month’s final – and it only shows up some of the inconsistencies Steven Gerrard needs to fix over the summer.

Aberdeen failed to turn up for a big game at Hampden under Derek McInnes yet again and, after knocking out the Gers at Ibrox in the last round, it’s frustrating to see how easy they were brushed aside by Celtic.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Referee Craig Thomson tells Dominic Ball of Aberdeen to leave the field after his red card

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Derek McInnes’ side ended the game with nine men after Dominic Ball and Lewis Ferguson were sent off but even with a full complement of players, Aberdeen were nowhere near the pace.

When it comes to Rangers improving the squad over the summer, there really needs to be a step up in quality but there also needs to be a calibre of player brought in that is capable of performing in a winning team consistently.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland rangers; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes

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Watching Aberdeen roll over so easily should be something that the players who were involved in the games against them earlier this season should use as motivation.

 

There have been times this season when Rangers have played some fantastic football and shown just how good they can be – but then there’s defeat to Aberdeen which really isn’t good enough for a team with title aims.

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If the players currently at Ibrox aren’t capable of beating teams like Aberdeen on a regular basis then they are at the wrong club.