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  1. Amy Irons, from BBC Scotland's The Nine, takes on pundit Shaun Maloney in this week's Sportscene Predictions. View the full article
  2. If this was one of the sterner tests Rangers will face in a season where the making of history is on the agenda, perhaps a title race as worthy of the name will develop after all. The scoreline from the Premiership opener in Aberdeen shows the most narrow of victories. In reality it was a different story: Steven Gerrard’s team were vastly superior to an opposition who only showed menace in a form worthy of disciplinary action. Andrew Considine was duly handed a red card for his late, wild lunge on Scott Arfield. Much earlier, Ryan Kent endorsed Rangers’ early dominance with a calm finish. On repeat viewing, the goal was more impressive than had initially appeared. Rangers had noticed the tendency of Scott McKenna, the Aberdeen centre-back, to track every step of Alfredo Morelos. Related: Aberdeen 0-1 Rangers: Scottish Premiership season opener – as it happened Continue reading...View the full article
  3. Catch up with all the team news and stats for the weekend's opening round of Scottish Premiership fixtures and choose your team's preferred XI. View the full article
  4. Aberdeen did not work Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor enough in their 1-0 defeat at Pittodrie, says manager Derek McInnes. View the full article
  5. Ryan Kent scored the only goal of the game to get Rangers off to a winning start against Aberdeen 2.33pm BST Thanks for joining me. Here is Ewan Murray’s report: Related: Ryan Kent gets Rangers' new season off to winning start at Aberdeen 2.26pm BST Balogun looked predictably excellent for Rangers, he will be a key player this season. He was able to walk through the game almost thanks to his ability to read the play. 2.21pm BST Frankly, the opening game of the new season was pretty poor. Aberdeen had no strikers and Rangers had no need to get out of second gear. Kent’s goal was very well taken and that is all there will be to remember about this game, apart from a late red card. 2.19pm BST 90+4 mins: Aribo is slipped through, he opens up his body to take a shot from eight yards, curls it beyond the goalkeeper but Taylor dives in to hook it away. 2.17pm BST 90+2 mins: Aribo does his best to hold the ball in the corner with some fancy footwork. He is bundled over and then Morelos comes in to give away a foul. 2.15pm BST 90 mins: Six minutes to be added on here. 2.14pm BST 88 mins: Now Ferguson has given Goldson a shoulder barge, leaving the Rangers defender in agony. It didn’t look bad but the centre-back seems very uncomfortable. 2.12pm BST 86 mins: The Aberdeen defender goes in with two feet, one very much over the top of the ball to absolutely clean out Arfield. Not a good challenge. 2.10pm BST 85 mins: Rangers are doing their best to kill time here and that is about all that is happening. 2.09pm BST 83 mins: Aribo drives to the edge of the area, chucking in a few stepovers and shoulder drops along the way before Ferguson dives in to stop him a split second before he can get a shot away. 2.07pm BST 81 mins: Arfield should certainly bring greater control in the middle of the park for Rangers, something they have lacked since the break. I am not sure either goalkeeper has made a save in this half, which might be an indication of the quality. 2.04pm BST 79 mins: Hedges is the latest man to enter the fray with headband on, as is the style these days. 2.02pm BST 77 mins: Hagi sends a lovely reverse pass through the Aberdeen defence for Morelos to latch onto but he drags his shot wide via a deflection. That’s the Romanian’s last touch, as he is replaced by Arfield. 2.00pm BST 75 mins: Edmondson earns a corner off Tavernier but then Aberdeen lump it into the box quickly towards Taylor who sends a soft header well wide. McGinn is the next man to cause problems for the Rangers defence as he nicks the ball past Goldson, who trips hi on the left flank. McGinn’s free-kick, however, is cleared by the first man. 1.58pm BST 73 mins: Rangers are looking a touch more rigid in their formation now, having spent most of the game swapping positions freely. 1.56pm BST 71 mins: Kennedy and Bryson are off having done nothing for 70 minutes, with McGinn and Campbell coming on to hopefully offer something more productive. 1.54pm BST 69 mins: Nice work between Jack and Kamara earns the Finnish midfielder space in the box but his cross flashes across the box from out for a throw. 1.53pm BST 67 mins: Ooof! Morelos takes a lovely touch on the edge of the box before laying it back for the onrushing Hagi strike but his shot takes a nick off a defender and flashes wide for a corner. 1.50pm BST 65 mins: Edmondson is on for Aberdeen. The 19-year-old replaces poor Bruce Anderson who has had no service all day. Hopefully, the loanee will get a bit more to work with. 1.49pm BST 63 mins: Rangers could do with a second here. They haven’t threatened much in the second half, though. 1.47pm BST 61 mins: Balogun is back on his feet after smashing his head off the post. He seems a little dazed by the whole thing but the medics have given him a good checking over. Someone has hired a forklift truck to ensure they get to see the match from one corner of the ground. 1.45pm BST 59 mins: Kennedy swings in a cross from the left and it ends with a scramble on the goal-line. Legs are everywhere as Taylor tries to bundle it home but McGregor gets his hands on it. In the end Balogun on the ground behind the net needing the smelling salts. 1.42pm BST 57 mins: Hayes whips in a cross from the left, only for it to bypass everyone and go out for a throw-in. Poor Anderson though he had a chance there. 1.40pm BST 55 mins: I say that and then Hagi immediately does something laughable. Morelos finds him with a fine pass, he loses possession but then gets a second crack at it, only to lean back and send a side-footed shot very high and very wide from about 25 yards. 1.38pm BST 53 mins: Hagi has already shown a couple of brilliant touches in the second half. If Gerrard can get the best out him consistently, then they certainly have a player on their hands who could potentially lead them to a title. 1.36pm BST 51 mins: Aberdeen send a long ball for Anderson to chase but Balogun reads the danger and gets across in time to intercept. Poor Anderson has had a miserable afternoon of chasing lost causes. 1.35pm BST 49 mins: Aberdeen swing in a free-kick from the right but that man Aribo is there to head it clear. The ball makes its way to Morelos who is bundled over by Bryson for his own amusement. 1.33pm BST 47 mins: Aribo and Ferguson have a bit of a tussle in the corner, which the Aberdeen man wins. Not much else happening. 1.30pm BST Here we go again! 1.24pm BST Aberdeen will be looking to press Rangers more after the break but that could leave gaps and the visitors certainly have the players to exploit them. Tricky. 1.17pm BST It’s the FA Cup final later ... Related: Mikel Arteta knows Arsenal must seize FA Cup opportunity this time 1.15pm BST Rangers have been far the better team but haven’t really troubled Lewis apart from the goal. Aberdeen have troubled no one at all. 1.14pm BST 45 mins: Ojo is booked after catching Hagi on the top of the foot. The Aberdeen man certainly left his foot in there needless. 1.12pm BST 43 mins: Kent tries to dribble through the entire Aberdeen defence but he takes a heavy touch, allowing Hernandez to come in an clear the danger. 1.10pm BST 41 mins: Aberdeen have decided to go a bit more direct to unsettle the Rangers defence and give poor Anderson something to do. Sadly, the results of said tactic are underwhelming. 1.07pm BST 39 mins: Considine smacks the ball against Morelos and it goes behind. The officials inexplicably give Rangers a corner which comes to nothing after the striker scuffs a shot wide. 1.06pm BST 37 mins: Hagi gets the ball in the corner and performs have impressive flick to set up Barisic for the cross but the execution is poor. I am not looking forward to a replay of the flick. 1.04pm BST 35 mins: Balogun shows the other side to his game, as he drives all the way to the edge of the Aberdeen box with the ball at his feet. The Nigerian overruns it but, luckily, a kind Aberdeen defender trips him just outside the area to gift Rangers a dangerous free-kick. Tavernier, however, swings it high and wide. 1.02pm BST 33 mins: Hagi swings first time at the ball 20 yards from goal but Lewis reads the strike and gets down to hold it well. 1.00pm BST 31 mins: Hayes nutmegs Morales. That should irk the striker. He will probably get sent off in five minutes for a reckless challenge. 12.58pm BST 29 mins: Aberdeen are more progressive now and they certainly need to be as before the Rangers opener they didn’t even look like they wanted to attack. Ojo collects the ball 25 yards from goal but his strike is easily held by McGregor. 12.56pm BST 27 mins: Rangers break on Aberdeen as Hagi slipped the ball to Aribo, who returns the favour but the Romanian gets it stuck under his feet in the area, allowing Aberdeen to win it back and clear. Adam Preston emails to say: “The Rangers front four seem to be rotating positions and playing more freely than last season. This counteracts the predictability that was a big problem The bad news is Morelos is a less than convincing false 9. Well.... He’s just this minute set up a goal.” 12.54pm BST 25 mins: Barisic swings in a free-kick from the left for Rangers to attack but Balogun gets underneath the ball, heading it straight up in the air for Lewis to calmly collect. 12.52pm BST 23 mins: Rangers have had just 72% possession thus far, so thoroughly deserve their lead. Do Aberdeen have a response? Probably not. 12.51pm BST Morelos turns with the ball on the halfway line and sends it through for Kent to chase, he gets away from the defenders and then calmly slots the ball to Lewis’ right and into the bottom corner. 12.49pm BST 20 mins: Aberdeen earn a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right but Rangers head it clear to Ferguson, who lashes it well over the bar. 12.47pm BST 18 mins: Hagi earns Rangers a corner after nice interplay with Kent. Tavernier swings it in from the left, only to see Lewis punch it away from another corner. Hagi takes the second short, gets it back but slams his cross into the sidenetting. 12.45pm BST 16 mins: The camera pans to injured strikers Cosgrove and Main in the stands, with one passing his phone to the other. Probably not the best idea in a pandemic, lads. 12.43pm BST 14 mins: A nice move from Rangers sees Jack play the ball into Barisic down the left for the defender to cross to Aribo but he slips after his first touch, meaning he can only get a mediocre shot away from a horizontal position. 12.41pm BST 12 mins: If the opening stages of this game have taught us anything, it is that Rangers are considerably better at football than Aberdeen. To be honest, I knew this beforehand. It looks like a training game of attack v defence and will continue like this for the rest of the match. 12.39pm BST 10 mins: I have gone against this option, as it irks me. @Will_Unwin interestingly the dubbed on crowd noise is louder than the commentators. May Just be an Australian problem... 12.37pm BST 8 mins: Aberdeen have barely had a kick. Maybe the lack of a crowd has really lowered the testosterone levels for the hosts. At times it looks like Aberdeen are playing with a flat back six. 12.35pm BST 6 mins: Aribo spins Considine superbly on the halfway thanks to a lovely touch, he slips in Morales but his cross is blocked. Aribo is looking lively. Goldson almost finds Kent with a long ball over the top but the pass has a little too much on it for the former Liverpool man. 12.33pm BST 4 mins: Hagi and Aribo look like they are floating around behind Morales as they look to get on the ball. If they do get chance to run at the defence, they could devastate Aberdeen. 12.31pm BST 2 mins: Rangers have kept hold of the ball for the opening two minutes here. Not that they have done much with it thus far. 12.29pm BST Peep! Peep! Peep! Let the season begin. 12.27pm BST All McCoist on comms. What a treat for the lads. 12.25pm BST Gerrard says things should be a bit calmer on the pitch due to the lack of fans on the “terraces” and he hopes Rangers can use it to their advantage. It might mean Morelos won’t get wound up as quickly, too. 12.17pm BST Balogun did not get much of a chance at Brighton but proved himself with some cracking performances for Wigan. Getting him in at Rangers is a cracking bit of business. 1⃣ A competitive debut for @LeonBalogun. pic.twitter.com/qVnClIirFj 12.09pm BST Have faith, Neil. Related: 'I'll block it out': Neil Lennon plays down talk of 10 titles in a row for Celtic 12.03pm BST It is now raining in Aberdeen. Good news for football, bad news for anyone in the area thinking summer had begun. 11.59am BST Neil McCann has arrived ... 11.56am BST Some Ianis Hagi to get the tastebuds tingling ... 11.47am BST Alfredo Morelos starts for Rangers today. The striker has been linked with a move away from Ibrox, with Lille supposedly leading the chase, but Steven Gerrard says he is a long way from departing. “I think this will work itself out if there is a bid that’s big enough, that the board want to accept, we’ll make that decision when it comes,” Gerrard said. “At the moment we’re nowhere near that so Alfredo is still a Rangers player. He needs to focus on that and continue contributing goals like he always has done for the last two years.” 11.42am BST Get in the mood for the new season with Ewan Murray ... Related: Celtic chase a perfect 10 but how long can two-team competition continue? | Ewan Murray 11.35am BST All precautions are being taken in Aberdeen. 11.23am BST Aberdeen: Lewis, Hernandez, Taylor, McKenna, Considine, Ojo, Ferguson, Bryson, Hayes, Kennedy, Anderson Subs: Cerny, Logan, Hoban, Campbell, McGeouch, McLennan, Hedges, McGinn, Edmonson 9.49am BST Good morning! Scottish football is back! It seems to have creeped up on us after five months without a ball being kicked in anger north of the border. Continue reading...View the full article
  6. After 147 days of inactivity due to the coronarvirus outbreak the Scottish Premiership returned... but not with a bang. View the full article
  7. Rangers start the Scottish Premiership season with a comfortable win over Aberdeen thanks to Ryan Kent's first-half goal. View the full article
  8. Aberdeen slipped to defeat on the opening day of the Premiership as Ryan Kent’s first half goal gave Rangers all three points at Pittodrie. View the full article
  9. Award a mark to every player in every Scottish Premiership game, and check back at full-time to see how they fared. View the full article
  10. Celtic will win a historic 10th Scottish title in a row, according to 70% of you who completed our Scottish Premiership predictor. View the full article
  11. Boss Derek McInnes has challenged Aberdeen to hit Rangers with an attacking edge despite the absence of his two main strikers. View the full article
  12. With the help of Sportscene pundits James McFadden and Leanne Crichton , BBC Scotland assesses all 12 Scottish Premiership teams as the league season looms. View the full article
  13. With Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main out for the foreseeable future, this is Bruce Anderson’s time to shine. View the full article
  14. Scott Morrison learned his trade on the playing fields of Balgownie. View the full article
  15. One roadside meeting was all it took to convince Scott Morrison that Ross County was the place for him. View the full article
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