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Rangers   0 - 0   Aberdeen

By Andy Campbell

Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo
Novo (right) came closest to breaking the deadlock

Rangers recorded a third straight scoreless Scottish Premier League draw as Aberdeen claimed a point at Ibrox.

Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield saved three efforts by Jerome Rothen in a frustrating first-half for Rangers.

Gary McDonald had a header blocked by Rangers keeper Allan McGregor either side of half-time.

Substitute Kris Boyd twice headed wide and Nacho Novo hit the post as Rangers struggled to break down some stubborn defending from the visitors.

The result means the reigning SPL champions now sit four points behind league leaders Celtic.

Without an Ibrox win since 1991, Aberdeen were on the back-foot within the first minute and Charlie Mulgrew was booked for bundling over Steven Naismith on the edge of the box.

Rothen curled in a shot from the free-kick and, after Jamie Langfield fumbled, Mulgrew cleared as the Rangers attackers failed to take advantage of the loose ball.

The Dons were struggling to cope with the ball over the top but were doing just enough to prevent Rangers getting in clear shots at goal.

Rothen drew another save from Langfield with a fierce near-post drive before Kenny Miller's turn and shot was deflected wide by Aberdeen's Ricky Foster.

With Novo and Miller tending to drift into wide positions, the Rangers attack was disjointed and often lacked a focal point with Boyd left on the bench and the injured Kyle Lafferty still unavailable.

Another Rothen free-kick was tipped over by Langfield, who then blocked Novo's left-foot shot after the Spaniard had been played in on goal by Miller.

Aberdeen were forced into a change before half-time with the injured Jered Ifil replaced by Stuart Duff, seconds before Rangers keeper McGregor dived low to keep out a deft glancing header by McDonald.

The visitors started the second half brightly and another McDonald header was punched away by McGregor, Andrew Considine firing the rebound over.

Lee McCulloch was booked for catching Michael Paton in the face before Peter Pawlett's header drifted wide of McGregor's goal.

Boyd replaced Naismith but it did little to change the course of the match as Rangers' final ball continued to let them down.

By contrast, the Dons were putting some dangerous crosses into the box and Considine should have done better with a back-post header from Mulgrew's corner.

Steven Whittaker chipped across for Boyd to head wide before Novo struck the woodwork after a mazy run into the box.

And there was to be no late winner despite a series of set pieces at either end.


Rangers manager Walter Smith:

"We started the game very well and had a lot of pressure throughout the game.

"Give Credit to Aberdeen, they defended very well throughout. They set their stall out well and made it very awkward for us to create an awful lot of opportunities.

"We haven't really shown the required sharpness in the last third of the pitch to get the goals that maybe our pressure and play warranted. It's a difficult thing to put your finger on

"We can look at a lot areas of the pitch and say that we're doing well enough, it's just that little added edge that we need in terms of the last third of the pitch.

"Our boys worked very hard today. The little bit of frustration is that when the opportunities came along, we've just lacked that little bit in terms of taking them.

"Overall, we've got to be disappointed that, after having so much pressure, we didn't see any goals for it."

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee:
"We came here with a certain game plan and it's worked out to a degree. We've not won the game so certain aspects of it have worked out.

"It's given us a model of maybe what we should be doing over the next few weeks. For the first time, we've seen a shape that suited us. But obviously we can get it further up the park.

"We thought there might be a goal for us but we've got to be satisfied, it's a decent result. We've not lost a goal again in the league. That's five-and-a-half games since we lost a goal in the league, it's not bad.

"My teams normally attack from the front and defend from the front. It's all very well keeping clean sheets but we must score at the other end and we're not yet doing that as well as we'd like to do.

"We've got a point and we'll take it but we've got to believe that one day, we'll be coming back here as a team that believe they can win here and can actually win here, so it's a starting point."

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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 0-0 Aberdeen FT
(HT 0-0)

      Rangers

      • 01 McGregor
      • 03 Weir
      • 16 Whittaker
      • 26 Smith (Little 84)
      • 06 McCulloch yellow card
      • 08 Thomson
      • 11 Rothen
      • 24 Bougherra
      • 10 Novo
      • 14 Naismith yellow card (Boyd 63)
      • 18 Miller (Fleck 84)

      Substitutes

      • 25 Alexander,
      • 66 Wilson,
      • 20 Beasley,
      • 09 Boyd,
      • 29 Fleck,
      • 45 Loy,
      • 48 Little

      Aberdeen

      • 01 Langfield
      • 02 Mulgrew yellow card
      • 03 Foster
      • 06 Considine
      • 22 Ifil (Duff 44 yellow card)
      • 04 McDonald
      • 08 Kerr
      • 19 Pawlett (Maguire 80)
      • 34 Fyvie
      • 09 Miller
      • 24 Paton (Mackie 88)

      Substitutes

      • 21 Nelson,
      • 25 Crawford,
      • 14 Young,
      • 16 Duff,
      • 23 Stewart,
      • 07 Maguire,
      • 10 Mackie
      Ref: BrinesAtt: 47,968
      RANGERS
      ABERDEEN

      Possession

      • Rangers 48%
      • Aberdeen 52%

      Attempts on target

      • Rangers 9
      • Aberdeen 2

      Attempts off target

      • Rangers 6
      • Aberdeen 5

      Corners

      • Rangers 14
      • Aberdeen 6

      Fouls

      • Rangers 8
      • Aberdeen 12
      • Final Result
      • 90:00+3:54 The referee signals the end of the game.
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:41 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 90:00+2:56 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to far post, save (parried) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 90:00+2:42 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Thomson (Rangers).
      • 90:00+1:15 Foul by Mark Kerr (Aberdeen) on David Weir (Rangers). Free kick crossed left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) from left channel, clearance by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen).
      • 90:00+0:25 Cross by Andrew Little (Rangers), header by Kris Boyd (Rangers) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 89:57 Foul by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen) on Jerome Rothen (Rangers). Free kick crossed left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) from left wing, clearance by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen).
      • 89:26 Cross by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen), save (caught) by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 89:10 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen).
      • 89:01 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen).
      • 87:30 Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
      • 87:30 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Michael Paton replaced by Darren Mackie (tactical).
      • 86:44 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to near post, clearance by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen).
      • 86:27 Foul by Nacho Novo (Rangers) on Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen).
      • 86:22 Cross by Nacho Novo (Rangers), clearance by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen). Attacking throw-in by Andrew Little (Rangers).
      • 85:50 Cross by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen), clearance by David Weir (Rangers).
      • 85:08 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 84:36 Free kick taken right-footed by David Weir (Rangers) from own half, resulting in open play.
      • 84:36 Booking Stuart Duff (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.
      • 84:31 Foul by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen) on John Fleck (Rangers).
      • 83:44 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 83:44 Substitution Rangers substitution: Kenny Miller replaced by John Fleck (tactical).
      • 83:21 Substitution Rangers substitution: Steven Smith replaced by Andrew Little (tactical).
      • 81:37 Foul by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen) on Jerome Rothen (Rangers). Free kick crossed left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) from left wing, clearance by Richard Foster (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to far post, header by Kris Boyd (Rangers) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
      • 81:00 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 79:26 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) to near post, clearance by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers). Shot by Christopher Maguire (Aberdeen) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 79:26 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Peter Pawlett replaced by Christopher Maguire (tactical).
      • 78:36 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) to far post, clearance by Kris Boyd (Rangers).
      • 77:43 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) to near post, save (punched) by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 77:00 Shot by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) curled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 75:29 Attacking throw-in by Jerome Rothen (Rangers).
      • 73:12 Cross by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen), clearance by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) to far post, clearance by Kris Boyd (Rangers).
      • 72:32 Shot by Nacho Novo (Rangers) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
      • 71:43 Kris Boyd (Rangers) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
      • 70:59 Cross by Steven Whittaker (Rangers), header by Kris Boyd (Rangers) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 70:00 Shot by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 68:41 Cross by Michael Paton (Aberdeen), clearance by Steven Whittaker (Rangers). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) to far post, header by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 68:01 Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen).
      • 67:27 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 67:16 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
      • 66:45 Cross by Kevin Thomson (Rangers), resulting in open play.
      • 66:08 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 64:59 Foul by Steven Smith (Rangers) on Gary McDonald (Aberdeen). Free kick crossed right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) from right wing, save (punched) by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 63:46 Shot by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) drilled left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen). Shot by Nacho Novo (Rangers) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 63:17 Cross by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen), resulting in open play.
      • 62:25 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 62:25 Substitution Rangers substitution: Steven Naismith replaced by Kris Boyd (tactical).
      • 62:13 Cross by Kenny Miller (Rangers), resulting in ball out of play.
      • 60:43 Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) on Steven Whittaker (Rangers). Free kick crossed left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) from right channel, save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 60:29 Cross by Nacho Novo (Rangers), clearance by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 59:36 Cross by Michael Paton (Aberdeen), resulting in open play.
      • 58:18 Cross by Nacho Novo (Rangers), clearance by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to near post, clearance by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen).
      • 57:31 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 56:36 Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
      • 56:36 Booking Steven Naismith (Rangers) booked for dissent.
      • 56:23 Foul by Steven Naismith (Rangers) on Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen).
      • 55:54 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
      • 55:17 Defending throw-in by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen).
      • 52:33 Cross by Steven Naismith (Rangers), clearance by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to centre, clearance by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen).
      • 51:27 Defending throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
      • 50:39 Cross by Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen), header by Lee Miller (Aberdeen) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 50:17 Attacking throw-in by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen).
      • 48:43 Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) from left wing, passed.
      • 48:43 Booking Lee McCulloch (Rangers) booked for unsporting behaviour.
      • 48:30 Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers) on Michael Paton (Aberdeen).
      • 47:02 Cross by Michael Paton (Aberdeen), clearance by Steven Whittaker (Rangers). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) to centre, clearance by David Weir (Rangers). Shot by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 46:03 Foul by Mark Kerr (Aberdeen) on Lee McCulloch (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Allan McGregor (Rangers) from own half, passed.
      • 45:51 Cross by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen), clearance by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).
      • 45:33 Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen).
      • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
      • 45:00+1:30 The half-time whistle blows.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+0:31 Cross by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen), header by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 45:00+0:03 Attacking throw-in by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen).
      • 44:41 Attacking throw-in by Stuart Duff (Aberdeen).
      • 43:45 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 43:45 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Jerel Ifil replaced by Stuart Duff (injury).
      • 42:28 Shot by Nacho Novo (Rangers) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped over) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to near post, clearance by Mark Kerr (Aberdeen). Shot by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) drilled right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.
      • 41:52 Attacking throw-in by Jerome Rothen (Rangers).
      • 40:26 Weak shot by Nacho Novo (Rangers) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 38:20 Foul by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen) on Nacho Novo (Rangers). Free kick curled left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) from left channel (30 yards), save (tipped over) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to near post, resulting in open play.
      • 37:31 Foul by Mark Kerr (Aberdeen) on Lee McCulloch (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) from own half, passed.
      • 37:00 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 36:15 Attacking throw-in by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 35:45 Cross by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 34:49 Cross by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), blocked by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to far post, clearance by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen).
      • 34:19 Cross by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen), resulting in open play.
      • 33:08 Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers) on Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen) from right channel, save (caught) by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 32:28 Jerome Rothen (Rangers) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
      • 31:42 Shot by Gary McDonald (Aberdeen) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 29:57 Cross by Kevin Thomson (Rangers), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 29:46 Attacking throw-in by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).
      • 29:02 Cross by Lee McCulloch (Rangers), resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 28:26 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
      • 27:25 Cross by Jerome Rothen (Rangers), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 26:53 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 25:47 Shot by Kenny Miller (Rangers) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to far post, clearance by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen).
      • 25:18 Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David Weir (Rangers) from own half, passed.
      • 24:27 Defending throw-in by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 23:43 Foul by Mark Kerr (Aberdeen) on Nacho Novo (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Nacho Novo (Rangers) from left channel, passed.
      • 23:10 Attacking throw-in by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 21:44 Foul by Steven Naismith (Rangers) on Richard Foster (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
      • 19:02 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 18:13 Shot by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to near post, clearance by Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen).
      • 17:06 Foul by Steven Naismith (Rangers) on Michael Paton (Aberdeen). Free kick crossed left-footed by Richard Foster (Aberdeen) from own half, clearance by David Weir (Rangers).
      • 16:05 Defending throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
      • 14:36 Attacking throw-in by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 13:52 Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers) on Richard Foster (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
      • 12:26 Foul by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen) on Kenny Miller (Rangers). Free kick drilled left-footed by Kevin Thomson (Rangers) from left channel (25 yards), hit wall. Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to centre, clearance by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen).
      • 11:27 Cross by Steven Smith (Rangers), clearance by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen).
      • 11:05 Cross by Jerome Rothen (Rangers), clearance by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen).
      • 9:39 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to near post, save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 8:18 Defending throw-in by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 6:46 Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen).
      • 5:13 Foul by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen) on Kenny Miller (Rangers). Free kick crossed left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) from left channel, clearance by Jerel Ifil (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) to near post, clearance by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
      • 3:22 Defending throw-in by Richard Foster (Aberdeen).
      • 0:50 Booking Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.
      • 0:41 Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Aberdeen) on Steven Naismith (Rangers). Free kick curled left-footed by Jerome Rothen (Rangers) from right channel (20 yards), save (parried) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
      • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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      Scottish Premier table snapshot

      As it stood on 26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

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