Rangers travelled to Aberdeen knowing a win would be a massive blow to their title hopes – and delivered a huge 4-2 win against Derek McInnes’ side.

Steven Gerrard named three changes to the side that saw off St. Mirren at the weekend as he looked to record his first win against Aberdeen.

The Gers took a first-half lead through Alfredo Morelos after 20 minutes. The Colombian was first to react when Joe Lewis palmed Ryan Kent’s shot across goal and stroked the ball home.

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Aberdeen levelled the score after 30 minutes through Sam Cosgrove when the ball fell to the striker a few yards out and he fired beyond McGregor.

It wasn’t level for long though as Morelos pulled out a bit of brilliance to curl the ball beyond Joe Lewis from the edge of the box eight minutes before half-time.

There was a penalty for each side either side of half-time with James Tavernier and Cosgrove both scoring to make it 3-2 to Rangers.

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Things then took a twist as both Morelos and Scott McKenna were sent off. The Aberdeen defender kicked out at Morelos while Bobby Madden decided both deserved to go.

Once the game finally calmed down, Aberdeen began to really pressure the Gers as they looked for an equaliser.

Steven Gerrard’s side were hemmed in for long spells before Jermain Defoe finished the scoring in injury time.

Tavernier found the veteran striker free in the area and he swept home for his fourth goal in five games.

Most importantly, it sealed the three points that Rangers couldn’t afford to head back to Glasgow without.

After an exhausting 90 minutes, here’s three things we learned from Rangers v Aberdeen

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Borna Barisic isn’t a big fan of a physical battle

The Croatian left-back is a talented player. He’s starting to show signs of getting to his best since his summer move – but it’s clear he doesn’t like a physical battle.

There were a couple of times tonight where his opposite number stretched the limits of the rules and Barisic just gave up and looked to the ref.

Barisic has the ability to be a really important player for Rangers but doesn’t look comfortable with the pysical aspect of the Scottish game at times.

 

He’s going to need to toughen up a bit or teams will target him.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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Alfredo Morelos is the best footballer in Scotland

There’s nobody in Scottish football that is as good a footballer as the Colombian.

His second goal against the Dons was a fantastic finish but it’s the other parts of his game that don’t get the praise.

The running he does to harrass defenders and cut off passes for them is phenomenal.

His touch and control doesn’t get anywhere near the credit it deserves.

Decision to send him off was farcical and will likely be overturned.

He still needs to learn when to walk away at times but the striker is destined for the very top.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Ryan Kent of Rangers (14) celebrates as he scores his team's second goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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Ryan Kent is playing himself out of Ibrox

Since returning from injury against Celtic, Kent has looked like a totally different player.

He started off well enough but was a bit inconsistent and lacked a killer ball at times.

Since the end of last year though? He’s been brilliant.

The winger created both of Alfredo Morelos’ goals and was posing a threat to the Aberdeen defence throughout.

With his loan deal up at the end of the season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Liverpool decide they want to keep him.