Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn thinks Ibrox has lost its “fear factor” after the Dons picked up their second win of the season there last night over Rangers.

Prior to beating the Gers at Ibrox in May 2017, Aberdeen had gone 25 years since their last win in Govan but have now come out on top in both visits there this season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Jozo Simunovic of Celtic and Niall McGinn of Aberdeen battle for the ball during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Former Celtic squad player McGinn thinks finishing above Rangers in the league has helped eliminate the trepidation of heading for Ibrox.

“Even in the last few years, that fear factor hasn’t been there. We’ve finished above Rangers in the league and on the road this season, we’re unbeaten in eight games,” McGinn said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“In my time here we’ve won a couple of times but coming off the back of the first tie at home, it was an uphill task for us.

 

“However, we showed great maturity and composure to put on a performance like we did.”

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Ever since the defeat to Aberdeen at Ibrox in 2017, the Dons have largely out-played the Gers when the sides meet.

Belfast , United Kingdom - 18 November 2018; Niall McGinn of Northern Ireland prior to the UEFA Nations League match between Northern Ireland and Austria at the National Football Stadium in Windsor Park, Belfast.

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Finally getting that monkey off their back has given them a lot of confidence and Gerrard needs to get a run of decent results against them soon.

With an eight-point gap in the league this season, Aberdeen’s run of finishing above the Gers looks over.

Hopefully, that’s just the start of things returning to normal and it is another 25 years before Aberdeen win at Ibrox again.