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Mitchel Megginson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zander Diamond on Lee McCulloch. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Nikica Jelavic challenges Jerel Ifil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Shot on goal by Nikica Jelavic from just inside the area goes over the target.
Kenny Miller sends in a cross, clearance by Ryan Jack.
Mitchel Megginson comes on in place of Nikola Vujadinovic.
Foul by Chris Maguire on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Chris Maguire receives a red card for second bookable offence. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac. Steven Naismith takes a shot. Nikola Vujadinovic gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Naismith.
Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Maguire from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steven Naismith.
Kyle Lafferty replaces Vladimir Weiss.
Ryan Jack replaces Derek Young.
Madjid Bougherra fouled by Josh Magennis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Josh Magennis replaces Andrew Considine.
Maurice Edu replaces Steven Davis.
Chris Maguire has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line to the near post, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
Goal scored by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-3 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Steven Naismith.
Inswinging corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the left by-line, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Yoann Folly gets a block in.
Derek Young takes a shot. Lee McCulloch gets a block in. Handball by Darren Mackie. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Yoann Folly takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the left by-line played to the near post, Yoann Folly manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerel Ifil on Steven Naismith. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from left wing, clearance made by Rory McArdle.
Scott Vernon challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty box and strikes the post.
Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Nikica Jelavic is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Derek Young challenges Vladimir Weiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Sasa Papac, blocked by Jerel Ifil.
Kenny Miller grabs a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-2 Rangers.Assist by Steven Davis.
Madjid Bougherra challenges Scott Vernon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Chris Maguire.
Rory McArdle concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Kirk Broadfoot crosses the ball, save made by Jamie Langfield.
Steven Davis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Scott Vernon is caught offside. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Vladimir Weiss, Yoann Folly manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the right by-line, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Kenny Miller, Sasa Papac takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
The ball is sent over by Sasa Papac, clearance by Jerel Ifil.
A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, save by Jamie Langfield.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Chris Maguire. Chris Maguire is booked. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from right wing, clearance by Yoann Folly.
Sasa Papac takes a shot. Blocked by Zander Diamond.
Madjid Bougherra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. Derek Young restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Nikica Jelavic offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Langfield by Nikica Jelavic results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
(Rangers) makes a substitution, with Kirk Broadfoot coming on for Steven Whittaker.
Vladimir Weiss provided the assist for the goal.
Jerel Ifil challenges Vladimir Weiss unfairly and gives away a Penalty. The referee shows Steven Naismith a yellow card. The referee shows Zander Diamond a yellow card. Penalty taken right-footed by Kenny Miller and scored. Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers.
Chris Maguire grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers.Assist by Darren Mackie.
Close range shot by Steven Naismith misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, clearance by Rory McArdle.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Chris Maguire. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Jerel Ifil takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Derek Young on Lee McCulloch, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.
Chris Maguire produces a cross, blocked by Sasa Papac.
Rory McArdle fouled by Madjid Bougherra, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Lee McCulloch fouled by Derek Young, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance made by Rory McArdle.
Madjid Bougherra fouled by Chris Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Steven Naismith challenges Andrew Considine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
Kenny Miller takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Darren Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Vladimir Weiss misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Chris Maguire on Lee McCulloch, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
Scott Vernon grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers.Assist by Chris Maguire.
Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, save by Jamie Langfield.
Yoann Folly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Weir by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Zander Diamond fouled by Kenny Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Kenny Miller challenges Zander Diamond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
The referee gets the game underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half has started.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Hartley out for Dons
Aberdeen will be without skipper Paul Hartley for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of Rangers.
The midfielder suffered a hamstring injury in the Co-operative Insurance Cup win over Raith and will be out for three weeks.
Sone Aluko (Achilles), Fraser Fyvie (knee) and Peter Pawlett (toe) remain on the sidelines while Andrius Velicka is ineligible, but Michael Paton has recovered from illness and Andrew Considine is hoping to prove his fitness after a hip knock.
Manager Mark McGhee insists he will not be "embarrassed" into setting up with a more attacking formation against Rangers following criticism of his tactics at Motherwell last weekend.
McGhee fielded five natural centre-backs at Fir Park as his side secured a 1-1 draw.
But he admitted he had been inspired by Walter Smith's tactics as Rangers forced a draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford and McGhee will not hesitate to turn the tables on the Ibrox boss.
"Rangers have scored 11 goals in two games so we have got to find a way of stopping them," McGhee said.
"If that means an extra defender we will put one there and we won't be embarrassed, I can assure you.
"If we do park the bus it will be because Rangers force us to, not because we are just going out there and dropping off.
"We will be trying to cope as best we can with good players - some of that will mean defending deep and in numbers."
James Beattie returns from injury for Rangers` Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Aberdeen.
Beattie has recovered from a hip problem, but Maurice Edu is a doubt for the trip to Pittodrie with a knee knock.
A groin problem kept Nikica Jelavic out of training today but the striker is expected to be fit for the clash with the Dons.
Rangers have not won at Pittodrie since December 2006 and Kirk Broadfoot believes that record is down to Aberdeen raising their game against the Ibrox side.
He said: "I think it's just credit to Aberdeen, they've played very well against us but on a couple of occasions we've been unlucky with goals disallowed in the last minute that maybe would have won the match.
"Every team in the SPL raise their game against Rangers and Celtic.
"Maybe Aberdeen do more because the fans get right behind them and make it a good atmosphere and a good game.
"But it's another game in our eyes. They have done well against Rangers in the past and hopefully we can correct that this weekend."
Gers mount spirited fightback
Rangers manager Walter Smith enjoyed his first win at Pittodrie since returning to the Ibrox hot-seat three years ago with a spirited 3-2 victory over Aberdeen.
The Dons looked set to maintain their impressive home record over the Ibrox side when they raced into a two-goal lead thanks to first half strikes from Scott Vernon and Chris Maguire, who was sent off in the closing stages for a second booking.
In-form Kenny Miller, however, pulled a goal back from the spot after Vladimir Weiss had been brought down by Jerel Ifil to keep his side in the match after 34 minutes.
The Scotland striker netted his 10th goal of the season after 52 minutes when he was on hand to turn home Steven Davis' cut-back and the comeback was complete when Steven Naismith beat the offside trap to unselfishly set up Nikica Jelavic for an easy finish.
Rangers made six changes for their trip to Pittodrie with Kyle Lafferty on the bench, despite scoring a hat-trick in the Light Blues' 7-2 Co-operative Insurance Cup midweek win over Dunfermline. Miller returned in his place, while there were also starts for Allan McGregor, David Weir, Sasa Papac, Lee McCulloch and Steven Whittaker.
Aberdeen, without captain Paul Hartley who strained a hamstring in their League Cup victory over Raith Rovers, made two changes. Defender Nikola Vujadinovic stepped in for Hartley, while striker Darren Mackie replaced Mitchel Megginson.
Dons boss Mark McGhee had joked before the game that he may have to start the match with six defenders in order to nullify a Rangers team that had scored 11 times in their previous two matches. Instead, he opted for a four-man defence with right-back Rory McArdle pushed forward into midfield.
The home side broke the deadlock after 10 minutes when Vernon timed his run perfectly to latch onto Maguire's neat pass and slot the ball past McGregor for his fifth goal in four games.
Rangers increased the pressure as they searched for an equaliser with Miller stinging the palms of Jamie Langfield, before an enticing centre from Vladimir Weiss found no takers.
Aberdeen were defending their lead resolutely, although Steven Naismith was given a glimpse of goal after exchanging passes with Jelavic but failed to find the target.
With 30 minutes gone the Dons doubled their lead when Maguire reacted quickest to turn Mackie's low cross past McGregor.
Rangers had the chance to pull a goal back within four minutes when Ifil brought Weiss down in the area, with Zander Diamond and Naismith picking up bookings for their parts in a melee which followed the decision.
Miller held his nerve to net from the spot and continue his record of scoring in every league game this season.
The striker turned creator in the closing stages of the action-packed half to cross for Papac but the Bosnian's header was well held by Langfield.
Rangers levelled within seven minutes of the restart. Naismith released Davis, who threaded the ball across goal to give Miller the easiest of finishes and his 10th league goal of the season.
Aberdeen were looking increasingly rattled and almost paid the price after 59 minutes when Davis teed up Jelavic, whose curling shot struck Langfield's post.
In a rare Dons attack, a terrific header from Togolese midfielder Yoann Folly drew a fine save from McGregor.
However Rangers got the game's decisive fifth goal when McCulloch pounced on Langfield's poor clearance to release Naismith past a static Aberdeen defence. The former Kilmarnock striker raced through on goal before unselfishly setting up Jelavic to tap the ball into the unguarded net.
Maguire was unlucky after cutting inside from the left and unleashing a powerful drive that went just past the post.
With 15 minutes remaining Aberdeen made an attacking change, withdrawing defender Andrew Considine for striker Josh Magennis, while the injured Steven Davis was replaced by Maurice Edu for Rangers.
Aberdeen's misery was compounded when, with four minutes remaining, Maguire was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Naismith.
And Rangers clung on to win for the first time at Pittodrie since 2006, despite some sustained Aberdeen pressure in the closing stages.
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