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Andy Considine speaks about Glasgow Rangers

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir pose after the press conference

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are second in the Scottish Premiership.

Andrew Considine has told The Scotsman that Aberdeen have been instructed by manager Derek McInnes to beat Rangers to a second-placed finish.

With Celtic eight points clear of Rangers and boasting three games in hand, Brendan Rodgers's side are effectively already champions of Scotland this season.

But the race for second is much more intriguing indeed and the Gers, at the moment, are in pole position for the runners-up spot in their return to the Premiership.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton's side are four points ahead of the third-placed Dons and five clear of Hearts, whom they beat 2-0 at Ibrox on the weekend, but Aberdeen have a game in hand over both sides.

And the Aberdeen man is confident that they can be the ones who finish directly behind the Hoops come the end of the season, suggesting they are better than Rangers.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

“Beating Rangers to second spot is something the manager has told us we need to achieve," he said to The Scotsman. "We need to do that, and stamp our authority on Aberdeen being in second place.

“It would be a disappointment if we didn’t, the boys would be upset if we lost second to Rangers. I feel we have a stronger squad than they have, and we have proved that over the last few years."

Considine's claim about being better than Rangers is debateable; especially given how they lost 2-1 at Ibrox a fortnight ago. Aberdeen won the previous fixture by the same scoreline, however, so there appears to be very little between both sides.

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