Rangers defeated their opponents Aberdeen 2-0 in their first game after the winter break. They deservedly defeated their rivals and have now overtaken Dons in the Scottish Premiership log. With the victory, the Gers are now in the second spot.
Daniel Candeias sent in the ball from the corner kick but Russell Martin had his back to goal after managing to trap the ball. Martin passed to Windass who sent a shot into the congested box before it ended up in the goalkeeper’s hands.
In the first 30 minutes, it was all Rangers. Aberdeen had their chance through Gary Mackay-Steven after Kenny McLean had done the hard work. Mackay-Steven’s effort was blocked by Wes Foderingham. The rare move forced the home team to sit up and soon they had their first goal. Candeias’ sent a cross and the goalkeeper Joe Lewis pushed it away. James Tavernier did the return and Columbian Alfredo Morelos scored with a header. The goal is Morelos’ 13th of the season and it came at the right time after he had earlier lost a good chance.
After the break, Rangers seemed to relax while Aberdeen poured forward for an equalizer. Soon Rangers balanced their play, soon becoming the busier of both sides in attack. Morelos got some chances but they were ‘shot on goal’ at best. With 13 minutes left in regular time, the Gers were handed a penalty kick after Lewis brought down Windass, injuring himself as well. A replacement keeper Danny Rogers came on but it was not enough as Tavernier sent him the other way to make it 2-0.