Two former Rangers players featured in Aberdeen’s 2-0 defeat to Motherwell on Saturday.
Both Ross McCrorie and David Bates slotted into a back three alongside Scott Brown but couldn’t prevent a tenth defeat of the season.
The Dons were denied on several occasions by Liam Kelly in the first half and then Kevin van Veen struck twice in seven minutes after the interval as Motherwell picked up their first win in six.
Ross McCrorie moved to Pittodrie in the summer of 2020, initially on loan before sealing a permanent transfer in January the following year.
The young Scot started off in Steven Gerrard’s plans when the manager arrived, featuring regularly in midfield during the 2018/19 season.
However, he slipped down the pecking order as more players were brought into the club. Although his versatility was useful, he struggled to nail down one position and it was the right decision for him to move on.
Bates was signed from Raith Rovers on a development loan in August 2016 – a strange move at the time as the youngster had barely featured for the Kirkcaldy side in his brief time with them.
The transfer was eventually made permanent in 2017.
He moved to Hamburg but eventually returned to Scottish football, signing for Aberdeen at the start of this season. The defender hasn’t really settled anywhere so he’ll be hoping he can realise his potential in the North East.
Both players may consider themselves unlucky not to have made the grade at Rangers, proving just how difficult it is to not only break into the first-team picture at Ibrox but to stay there.
After Saturday’s defeat, Aberdeen are way down in seventh place, 12 points behind the Gers having played a game more.