Rangers defeated Aberdeen 2-1 at Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon to go 22 points clear at the top of the Premiership table.

The Dons were reduced to ten men in the 26th minute after Ryan Hedges felled Alfredo Morelos in the box and although James Tavernier missed the subsequent penalty, a brace from Morelos gave the Gers a two-goal advantage by the 50th minute.

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Alfredo Morelos tops the Rangers player ratings after netting twice against Aberdeen. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Aberdeen substitute Matty Kennedy netted in the 67th minute against the run of play but Steven Gerrard’s side closed out the final stages to secure their 15th straight Premiership win.

Here’s how we thought players fared:

Allan McGregor – 7

A spectator for the majority of the contest, but produced a superb diving stop when called into action by Hayes in the 57th minute. Left helpless by a good finish from Kennedy for Aberdeen’s goal.

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James Tavernier – 6

Mixed outing. Missed the target from the penalty spot and was caught up the pitch for the Dons goal as the midfielders failed to provide cover, yet was also a constant attacking threat, producing dangerous crosses and testing Lewis with a driven first-half shot.

Connor Goldson – 6.5

Went to ground when left one on one with Cosgrove in the early stages and was beaten by the tricky Wright soon afterwards. Subsequently settled into the game and offered plenty to attacks via his good distribution when playing high up the pitch.

Leon Balogun – 6.5

Caught underneath the early ball which sent Cosgrove through and was pulled out of position prior to the Dons’ goal. Defended well at other times, though, with his pace once again proving very useful.

Borna Barisic – 7.5

Nutmegged and left in a heap by Wright in the first half but was superb going forward, delivering with real quality from the left flank.

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Borna Barisic performed well on the left for Rangers. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

Steven Davis – 8

An excellent performance from the Northern Irish maestro. Constantly dropped into pockets from which to distribute and show his full range of passing. A first-time through ball for Morelos in the first half was a particular highlight. Also did plenty of defensive work and bailed out Goldson after a dangerous early Wright run.

 

Joe Aribo – 6.5

Relatively quiet in the first half but livened up after the break and played a big role in the second goal after dropping out to the right flank. Failed to provide cover for Tavernier for the Kennedy goal.

Glen Kamara – 6.5

A typically composed if not standout performance from the Finland international. Nice give and go with Morelos in the closing stages but could only fire straight at Lewis.

Ianis Hagi – 6

Looked very lively early on with his wicked dipping shot from range going just over the bar. The least influential of the attacking players over the course of the game, though. Subbed for Zungu in 82nd minute.

Ryan Kent – 8

Has struggled in the final third recently but was very lively and bagged two big assists. First pass into Morelos was simple but accurate and the deft flick for the second goal was a stroke of genius. Forced a brilliant save from Lewis in the 55th minute after cutting in from the right. Wasted clear late opportunity after an excellent Goldson diagonal.

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Ryan Kent fared well in the Rangers player ratings after notching two assists against Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Alfredo Morelos – 9

Missed a clear chance in the opening stages but was hugely influential thereafter. Earned the penalty that saw Hedges dismissed following a give and go with Aribo and then produced two top-class finishes. Unplayable at times and looked much more like his old self.

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Bongani Zungu – 5

Customary late appearance for the loanee to help see out the win. Brought plenty of energy and won several important headers in midfield.

Here’s our Match Report from the game.

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