Rangers have dropped two points behind Celtic in the title race after a lacklustre 2-2 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie tonight.

The Gers made two changes to the side that faced Hearts at the weekend with Borna Barisic and Glen Kamara making way for Jon Flanagan and Ryan Jack.

Scott Arfield opened the scoring after 17 minutes following a well-worked move involving Joe Aribo and James Tavernier as the Light Blues took the game by the scruff of the neck.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 04: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on December 4, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

 (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Ryan Jack quickly doubled the Gers’ lead before some woeful defending allowed Jon Gallagher to give the Dons a lifeline before half-time.

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A poor start to the second 45, saw Andy Considine draw Aberdeen level as Rangers failed to deal with a ball into the box and the defender fired home from close range.

Gerrard’s side never really got themselves back into a dominant position after that, although they should have been awarded a penalty after Morelos was felled in the box.

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 04: Jon Gallagher of Aberdeen beats keeper Allan McGregor of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on December 4, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

 (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Attention now turns to Sunday’s League Cup final but Gerrard would not have been impressed with his side’s showing in the second half at Pittodrie.

Here’s how Steven Gerrard’s side performed at Pittodrie as the dropped two points:

Allan McGregor – 6

A virtual passenger for much of the first half but didn’t cover himself in glory at the first goal – like much of the defence. Some routine saves but not a huge amount to do.

James Tavernier – 6

Decent enough performance and created the opening goal but didn’t do enough as the Gers started chasing the game. Late chance from a free-kick that had Lewis scrambling.

Connor Goldson – 5

Posted missing as Gallagher grabbed a goal back for Aberdeen and not much better at the second. Crucial block to deny Cosgrove as Aberdeen fought their way back into the game. Needs to do much better. Booked late on.

 

Filip Helander – 5

Shaky night from the Swede as he struggled at both Aberdeen goals. Really can’t afford another performance like this one against Celtic. Needs to up his game.

Jon Flanagan – 6

In the side ahead of Borna Barisic as the Croatian was given the chance to rest a foot injury and should have done better in the build-up to the first Aberdeen goal. Can’t have too many complaints though.

Ryan Jack – 7

Returned to haunt his old club when he made it 2-0 as he made the most of a Joe Lewis mistake. Uncharacteristically slack in possession at times.

Steven Davis – 6

Strolled it in the first half but struggled to impose himself for spells after the break. Took a couple of heavy challenges and lucky to avoid injury early on.

Scott Arfield – 6

Scored the opener after 17 minutes and covered almost every blade of grass as he tried to create problems for the Dons. Booked for a foul on Ferguson.

Joe Aribo – 5

Started really brightly and looked like the player fans were raving about earlier the season but really fell off the pace as the game wore on.

Ryan Kent – 7

The winger looked really hungry and tormented the Aberdeen defence as the Gers created chance after chance in the opening 45 and was one of the few who looked like he was interested after the break but little end product. Replaced in the final minutes.

Alfredo Morelos – 6

Not much came off for the Colombian in a frustrating night for Rangers. Should have been awarded a penalty.

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