As Rangers stumble back down the road from their trip to Aberdeen’s Pittodrie, they can take some solace in the fact that all is not lost.

The club’s 2-2 draw with the Dons was especially painful given our own two-goal capitulation and Celtic’s dramatic late winner at Hamilton. It hurts, let’s not lie about it.

But at least we retain the opportunity to be victorious across numerous competitions this season. For Aberdeen fans, their side has already won the equivalent of a trophy.

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For Derek McInnes’ side and their tinpot supporters, getting one over on Rangers is more important than winning against any other side in the league.

Their fans will take great pleasure in the notion they have put a dent in our title ambitions, rather than emboldened their own.

For our northeast rivals this solitary point, which derails so much of Rangers’ good form, is as good as winning a cup.

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Given they’ve struggled to do so for so long, their seasons have become to be defined by matches against us.

Or at least that’s the impression they give.

Derek McInnes said that his bumbling, physical outfit’s comeback “shut a few people up” and this pretty much sums up the club’s mentality.

It was a gruntish, hard-working point at home against your rivals Derek. Not some swashbuckling display where you put us to the sword.

The ambitions for the season of Aberdeen’s fans stretch no further than getting one over on Rangers and Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

As Rangers lick their wounds and head back down to Glasgow, they can take solace in the fact the Ibrox club will have many more big games to come this season.

But from the outside looking in, Aberdeen have two. Rangers at Ibrox, and Rangers at Pittodrie.

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