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Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers

By Thomas McGuigan

Derek Young scores for Aberdeen
Derek Young drilled home Aberdeen's equaliser

Aberdeen secured a share of the spoils against Rangers in a largely one-sided encounter at Pittodrie.

David Weir gave Rangers a deserved lead after 23 minutes when he rose unchallenged to head home Kevin Thomson's free-kick.

Dons midfielder Derek Young equalised with a low shot just before the break in Aberdeen's first foray forward.

Rangers substitute DaMarcus Beasley had an injury-time effort controversially ruled out for offside.

Novo had the first opportunity when he danced away from Andrew Considine in the penalty area but blazed his effort well over the bar.

Aberdeen were camped in their own half for the opening quarter of the game as Rangers pressed to turn their possession into goals.

Weir gave Rangers a deserved lead after 23 minutes when he rose unchallenged to head home Thomson's free-kick from 10 yards after Novo had been fouled.

The Spaniard went close to doubling Rangers' lead on the half-hour mark when he stole the ball from the feet of the dithering Scott Severin, but his chip drifted just wide of Jamie Langfield's right-hand post.

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor was rarely troubled in the first half from a toothless Aberdeen attack.

Young scored an unlikely equaliser on the stroke of half-time when he drilled the ball low past McGregor after Miller's effort was blocked by the Rangers goalkeeper.


Novo sliced through the Aberdeen defence after 52 minutes but tried a shot with the outside of his right foot that failed to hit the target.

Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield decided to liven up proceedings when he inexplicably tried some dribbling inside the box and Boyd almost got Rangers' second goal.

Jean-Claude Darcheville was brought on for Novo with 15 minutes remaining as Rangers sought a winner.

McGregor blocked bravely at Darren Mackie's feet moments later, after the Aberdeen forward evaded Bougherra.

Substitute Beasley had the ball in the net in injury-time after he was put clear by Mendes, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Aberdeen: Langfield, Foster, Severin, Considine, Mulgrew, Young, Kerr, McDonald, Jamie Smith, Mackie, Miller. Subs: Bossu, Wright, Duff, De Visscher, Maguire, Mair, Paton.

Booked: Mackie, Considine.

Goals: Derek Young, 45

Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Weir, Bougherra, Papac, Novo, Pedro Mendes, Davis, Thomson, Miller, Boyd. Subs: Alexander, Darcheville, Beasley, Whittaker, Niguez, Furman, Fleck.

Goals: Weir, 24

Referee: C Thomson

Att: 16,849

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) 7.04 (on 90 minutes).

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see also
Dons merited draw says Calderwood
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