Rangers and Aberdeen played out a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie in the Scottish Cup – leaving both sides needing to meet for a sixth time this season to see who takes their place in the semi-final.
The hosts were awarded an early penalty when Connor Goldson brought Gary Mackay-steven down after just eight minutes. Goldson can have no complaints about the decision to point at the spot after completely mistiming his challenge.
Sam Cosgrove stepped up to fire the penalty home and give the Dons a 1-0 lead – although Allan McGregor did get a hand to it.
The Gers looked to get forward in search of an equaliser and had their own penalty shout when Morelos went down but referee Kevin Clancy booked the Colombian for simulation.
Aberdeen’s players seemed to be really up for it and pressed the Gers – and Gerrard’s side struggled to break it down and create chances.
It could’ve been 2-0 when the Gers defence fell asleep at a free-kick 30 minutes in and Scott McKenna bulleted his header over.
Ryan Kent had a good chance to draw Rangers level when he broke quickly down the left but fired his shot wildly over the bar.
It really should have been level just on half-time after Scott Arfield’s fantastic flick won a bit of space but before Morelos could shoot, Dominic Ball fired it out of play.
After the break, Rangers had a strong penalty shout after Morelos was fouled in the box before Joe Worrall popped up with the equaliser from a corner.
Kent’s corner found the on-loan defender and he smashed the ball home from close range.
Worrall’s goal seemed to give Rangers the impetus to grab the lead and the visitors had a great chance to take the lead for the first time.
A fantastic break saw Candeias’ cross-field ball find Kent, who teed up Arfield but the midfielder fired just over the bar.
Aberdeen found themselves getting back into the game as the Gers were too slack at times and had a few chances to re-take the lead but couldn’t find a way through the Light Blues defence.
A draw was probably the fairest reflection of the game although Gerrard likely won’t be happy with his side’s performance.
Both sides will now meet again in a replay on March 12th to see who takes their place in the semi-finals.,
Here are Rangers News’ Player Ratings from the Pittodrie clash with Aberdeen:
Allan McGregor – 6
Got a hand to Sam Cosgrove’s penalty but couldn’t keep it out. Didn’t have a huge amount to do otherwise. Made a fantastic stop to deny Considine near the end.
James Tavernier – 6
Should have put his laces through a late first-half chance but worked hard down the the right. Not his best game and needs to tighten up defensively.
Connor Goldson – 5
Rash challenge gave away the early penalty that allowed Aberdeen to open the scoring. Made a few mistakes but gradually got his act together. A rare blip from the former Brighton star.
Joe Worrall – 7
Early mistake almost gave Aberdeen a chance but the on-loan defender got away with it. Made up for it with his first goal for the club. Much better after the break and saved Jack and Goldson a few times.
Borna Barisic – 5
Slight surprise to see the Croatian keep his place ahead of Andy Halliday. Didn’t offer much and needs to show a bit more determination sometimes.
Glen Kamara – 7
Not as effective as he has been in recent games but still arguably Rangers’ best player over the 90 minutes. Some of the blocks he makes and his general awareness of what’s going on around him is brilliant.
Scott Arfield – 6
Didn’t offer anywhere near enough and found himself to close to Morelos at times. The whole midfield felt a bit more disjointed today than it has in recent weeks.
Ryan Jack – 5
Really slack in possession in the early stages and gave the ball away several times when it was easier to find a blue jersey. Not good enough from Jack.
Daniel Candeias – 6
Involved in fits and starts but simply didn’t offer enough going forward. Worked hard to get involved and link up with Tavernier but couldn’t get in behind the Dons’ defence often enough.
Ryan Kent – 6
Tried to get involved and had one or two opportunities at goal. Didn’t get enough luck going forward and struggled when Aberdeen doubled up on him. Still showed a few glimpses of the quality player he is and found more joy as the game went on.
Alfredo Morelos – 7
Booked early on and looked like it was going to be one of those days for Morelos but the Colombian had some joy against Aberdeen’s defence. Battle with McKenna was engrossing although neither player really came out on top over the course.