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Aberdeen v Rangers - The Return

Posted by Fraser Cairns on

Ranger’s journey to the top flight has seen them meet a few of the old rivals such as Dundee United, Hibs, Hearts and Celtic too. Since their demotion, it seems that there is an extra element of intensity to these fixtures. That is why many are anticipating this Sunday’s fixture against Aberdeen at Pittodrie to be an explosive one. Having met with all the other big clubs in Scotland there is one fixture that we have not seen yet and we will get to see it on Sunday.

 Even before the troubles at Rangers this was a fierce rivalry. Rangers are the number one hated team by Aberdeen fans and Aberdeen are probably number two in many Rangers fans eyes with teams like Dundee United and Hibs running them close!

Aberdeen Rangers Simpson Durrant

 How did the rivalry start?

Many cite Neil Simpson’s bad tackle on Ian Durrant in 1988 (pictured above) as the reason that the rivalry started. An awful challenge that hindered a promising youngster’s career certainly added fuel to an already tense rivalry. With Aberdeen having enjoyed a successful period in the 80’s, Rangers were at the beginning of what would be a very successful period securing the league title on the next 9 occasions from 1988/89 onward. The combination of these two things with the added fact that it is their first meeting since the troubles at Rangers make this fixture tasty.

Notable Encounters

Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers - 1987

A draw is enough to secure the league for Rangers for the first time in 9 years. A draw was all Rangers needed in the penultimate game of the season. It was the first season in charge for Graeme Souness who was sent off in the game after two yellow cards.

Aberdeen v Rangers 1987

Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers - 1988

This game is most remembered for the tackle by Simpson on Durrant mentioned previously. Aberdeen won the match as they started the season with a great unbeaten run. Ragers would get revenge a fortnight later with a win in the League Cup Final two weeks later. Season 1988-89 was the first on their way to 9 in a row.

Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen - 2000 Scottish Cup Final

Rangers ease to final victory in 2000 as Robbie Winters goes in goal for Aberdeen following a Jim Leighton sending off.

Aberdeen Rangers 2002

Police at Pittodrie in 2002 following crowd trouble


Pittodrie has proved to be a difficult place for Rangers in recent years although Aberdeen have not won at Ibrox in 25 years which is quite a remarkable statistic. This weekends game will be interesting to say the least and is simply to hard to call.

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