Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted there is more of a rivalry between the Gers and Aberdeen than he thought existed ahead of the two sides meeting at Pittodrie tonight.
The Gers travel to the Granite City just a few days before facing Celtic in the League Cup final at Hampden and Gerrard is expecting another “incredible battle” against Derek McInnes’ side.
While everyone is well aware of the Old Firm, Gerrard admits that the Dons and Celtic are two names that are “mentioned” a lot at Rangers.
“There is a rivalry. It does have a derby feel to it,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I think it is a rivalry that is more than I actually thought from the outside before I came up. The two teams that get mentioned here a lot are always Celtic and Aberdeen.
“It’s an exciting fixture, it’s on TV and we’ve had some incredible battles against Aberdeen in the 18, 19 months I have been up here. I don’t think this will be any different.”
The Gers will go into the game knowing they sit only one goal behind bitter rivals ahead of their clash with Hamilton kicking off at the same time.
Getting three points is the most important thing but another big win like Sunday’s thrashing of Hearts could prove crucial later in the season.
With the Cup final to follow on Sunday, it would also be another big confidence boost for a side that are on the brink of ending the club’s long wait for silverware.