Despite what was a disappointing stalemate at Aberdeen, Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst was determined to be positive after the full-time whistle.
There is still plenty to be positive about the new manager’s start to life in the Ibrox dugout and that attitude will be key for the remaining twists and turns of the Premiership title race.
Lessons to Learn for Pittodrie Disappointment
It was of course a frustrating night up in Aberdeen for Gers on January 18, with the champions having to settle for a 1-1 draw on the east coast. Rangers, who are 8/13 in the football betting online to retain the Premiership title this season, snatched the lead in the 20th minute of the contest thanks to a neat finish from Ianis Hagi. Many football betting tips would have expected the Light Blues to claim all three points from that moment, but they were to be denied by a second-half penalty from Lewis Ferguson. It was a night that also saw Ryan Kent harshly given his marching orders for two soft yellow cards; much to the delight of Aberdeen midfielder Scott Brown.
After the final whistle, van Bronckhorst admitted there were shortcomings in the performance, as the Dutchman highlighted his side could have been better on the ball. However, the former Gers player was eager to talk up the positives, especially since his side held on for a point after they went down to 10 men with around 10 minutes of the game left to play. The point at Aberdeen meant Rangers’ lead at the top of the Premiership table was cut down to four points and brought to an end an impressive nine-game winning run in the league.
Duo Return Can Provide a Boost
Rangers have been missing English striker Kemar Roofe since he picked up an injury in early December and his return is likely to give the squad a real lift. The former Leeds United forward provides something different in attack and he has a remarkable aerial game for someone who is not the tallest of players. With fellow striker Alfredo Morelos set to miss the next Old Firm game against Celtic on February 2 due to international duty with Colombia, it’s essential for Roofe to be back and fit for the short trip to Parkhead.
Rangers were also missing Joe Aribo for the visit to Aberdeen with the playmaker away on international duty with Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations. Aribo has enjoyed a strong season so far and his return, along with Roofe’s, will be another boost for the squad.
Rangers will be determined to have learned from what went wrong against the Dons, and with van Bronckhorst’s positive attitude and key players returning, Gers will be hoping the dropped points was just a blip on the way to the business end of the Premiership season.