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Andy Gillies reports
"Rangers made the most of some awful defending"
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Saturday, 22 January, 2000, 18:43 GMT
Rangers back in business

Wallace goes down under Anderson's challenge


Rangers 5-0 Aberdeen

Rangers resumed their charge towards the title with a resounding victory as the Scottish Premiership leaders got back to action after the winter break.

Bottom side Aberdeen were brushed aside by a typical piece of Ibrox power-play, as the Glasgow giants piled the pressure on their city rivals Celtic.


Match facts
36: Moore opens the scoring
38: Van Bronckhorst doubles the lead
43: Numan makes it 3-0 at the break
60: Wallace finds the target
82: Ferguson completes the rout
The five goals were shared out among the side, as Rangers deservedly claimed a hatful.

Indeed, were it not for an inspired display from Dons keeper Jim Leighton, the scoreline could have been even more embarrassing for the visitors.

Rangers sprinted out of the blocks and the one surprise in the game was that it took them so long to open the scoring, Leighton denying Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Jorg Albertz.

But the scoreline took on an air of reality when Rangers scored three times in a seven-minute spell before the break.

Craig Moore opened the floodgates with a powerful header from van Bronckhorst's 36th minute corner.

Dutch midfielder van Bronckhorst added the second with a 25-yard strike that deceived Leighton.

And after Rod Wallace had squandered another great chance, Artur Numan made it 3-0 with a fine left-foot finish.

Rod makes amends

Wallace continued to squander a number of chances after the break.


Bernard beats Numan with a swift turn
But he finally found the target on the hour when he tapped the ball home after a surging run by Andrei Kanchelskis.

The English striker then hit the post as Rangers overpowered their hapless opponents.

But Aberdeen came so close to at least forcing their way onto the scoresheet, when Derek Whyte's header hit the post and Hicham Zerouali fluffed the rebound.

Rangers added a fifth goal eight minutes from time, Barry Ferguson claiming his first of the season from Wallace's through-ball.

Teams:

Rangers: Klos, Vidmar, Moore, Amoruso, Numan, Ferguson, Kanchelskis, Van Bronckhorst, Albertz, Wallace, Dodds.
Subs: Brown, Reyna, McCann, Kerimoglu, Carson.

Aberdeen: Leighton, Perry, Whyte, Anderson, McAllister, Jess, Solberg, Bernard, Dow, Stavrum, Zerouali.
Subs: Preece, Winters, McGuire, Rutkiewicz, Belabed.

Referee: H Dallas (Motherwell

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