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Aberdeen 0-1 Rangers: Ryan Kent scores Premiership’s first goal of season

Rangers' Ryan Kent scores at Pittodrie

Rangers got the Scottish Premiership season under way with a surprisingly comfortable win over Aberdeen thanks to Ryan Kent's strike at Pittodrie.

There was little evidence of the much-discussed intense rivalry between the sides until home defender Andrew Considine was sent off late on.

The hosts looked particularly subdued by the requirement for empty stands.

In a match of little goalmouth action, Kent curled the ball home from Alfredo Morelos' 21st-minute through ball.

But it was no more than Rangers deserved given their near total domination of the first half.

Morelos' participation amid interest from Lille dominated pre-match interest, but it was the absence through injury of Aberdeen strikers Sam Cosgrove and and Curtis Main that was most significant in the early stages.

Young stand-in Bruce Anderson was superbly marshalled by a central defence into which summer signing Leon Balogun slotted imperiously to leave lively Aberdeen support man Craig Bryson a frustrated figure.

Rangers controlled possession without threatening a goal until a clever chest flick from Ianis Hagi found Morelos on the half-way line and the striker slipped it neatly through for Kent to beat goalkeeper Joe Lewis one on one.

It took the home side 28 minutes to force Allan McGregor into an easy save from Funso Ojo - and 59 to win their first corner - before Considine's straight-leg challenge on Scott Arfield damaged their chances further.

Without regaining the intensity of a side desperate to prevent Celtic securing a 10th consecutive league title, Steven Gerrard's visitors had done enough despite Ash Taylor's fine goal-line clearance to prevent Joe Aribo extending the lead in the closing minutes.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 22Hernández
  • 14Taylor
  • 5McKenna
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 86mins
  • 17Hayes
  • 19Ferguson
  • 8OjoBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHedgesat 78'minutes
  • 33KennedySubstituted forMcGinnat 71'minutes
  • 7BrysonSubstituted forCampbellat 71'minutes
  • 21AndersonSubstituted forEdmondsonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Logan
  • 3Hoban
  • 10McGinn
  • 11Hedges
  • 15McGeouch
  • 18McLennan
  • 20Cerny
  • 24Campbell
  • 32Edmondson

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 26Balogun
  • 31Barisic
  • 18Kamara
  • 8Jack
  • 17Aribo
  • 7HagiSubstituted forArfieldat 77'minutes
  • 20Morelos
  • 14Kent

Substitutes

  • 3Bassey
  • 4Edmundson
  • 5Helander
  • 15Murphy
  • 16Patterson
  • 21Barker
  • 24Stewart
  • 33McLaughlin
  • 37Arfield
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home4
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away14

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    Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Rangers 1.

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