Against Aberdeen, Rangers didn’t come close to showing up.

We huffed and puffed, played an almost innumerable amount of passes between our back two, and certainly didn’t look like scoring. Even with eleven men, let alone ten.

Even Gerrard agrees.

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But you can’t take away from the performance of Aberdeen. They were steely, determined and had a fight in them scarcely seen this season. But when you balance it against their week, it’s pretty depressing if you’re a Dons fan.

They only showed up for the match at Ibrox. They too huffed and puffed in their League Cup Final with Celtic. But left Hampden empty handed.

Joe Shaughnessy and Blair Alston scored as St. Johnstone earned a fourth away win on the bounce. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

They were also resoundingly beat on their own patch by St. Johnstone today. The Perthshire Saints won 2-0 at Pittodrie.

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This is what Rangers are up against.

There’s no doubt Aberdeen deserved to pip Rangers. They got their tactics spot on and every player did their job. But why did they show such commitment against us, but flounder at home to St. Johnstone?

The simple answer is that they revel in beating us.

Morelos was sent off as Rangers toiled against Aberdeen on Wednesday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They’re not the only ones either. Teams bring their A game against Rangers and pick things up that extra 10%.

Today against St. Johnstone, Aberdeen proved what was really their big match this week. That’s despite having a cup final a few days previously.

Our players need to start expecting it from the first whistle to the last. Rangers are fair game, no matter who we’re playing.

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