Derek McInnes has issued a warning to Rangers ahead of Wednesday night’s Premiership clash against Aberdeen, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The Dons boss, who is extremely unpopular with the Ibrox faithful mainly due to his decision to turn down the Gers manager role back in 2017, has pointed to an improved run of form to suggest his team can emerge victorious.
Goals from Sam Cosgrove and Niall McGinn earned them a 2-1 win over St Mirren on Saturday which leaves them third in the table, three points ahead of fourth-placed Motherwell.
“We have one defeat in eight now, against Celtic, and our wins out of the last five,” said McInnes, as quoted by the Daily Record. “Since that Celtic defeat, we have knuckled down and got on with the job in hand. The application of the players has been much better and much needed.”
“Now we face one of the strongest teams in the country because Rangers and Celtic are playing at such a good level at the minute.
“Rangers are a better team than us, they have better players but we can win the game. It is important my players believe that when they go out there, that we can do so much well in the game that we can get close to what we want.”
Wednesday night will be a big test for the Gers.
Aberdeen rolled over and were hammered 5-0 at Ibrox in September, but a number of senior players have returned from injury since then and as McInnes eludes to, their form has improved.
However, there certainly shouldn’t be any fear going into this one.
On their last league trip to Pittodrie, Steven Gerrard’s men scored four in an emphatic win and given that they have secured draws at both Porto and Feyenoord in recent times, they are certainly more than capable of dominating the game.
Psychologically, it’s extremely important to secure three points and stay in touch with Celtic ahead of Sunday’s Hampden showdown.