Michael Stewart lauds Graeme Murty decision after Rangers beat Aberdeen

Graeme Murty, Caretaker manager of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Ibrox club Rangers beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish football pundit Michael Stewart has told BBC Sportscene that Graeme Murty's diamond system gave Rangers the time and space to dictate the tempo of their win over Aberdeen on Sunday.

Goals from Danny Wilson and Josh Windass saw the Gers earn their second win over Derek McInnes' side within the space of five days, after beating the Dons 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday evening.

Rangers adopted the same formation that saw them control Wednesday night's match, playing Ross McCrorie behind Jason Holt and Ryan Jack, while Carlos Pena slotted into the number 10 role behind Kenny Miller and Windass.

Ryan Jack of Rangers and Tomas Rogic of Celtic battle for possession during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Speaking to Sportscene after the match, former Hibernian and Hearts midfielder Stewart claimed Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean were outnumbered and afforded Ryan Jack too much space - allowing the Gers to dominate.

"Very much like they did during the week, they had a midfield diamond," Stewart said. "Shinnie and McLean were outnumbered a lot. Ryan Jack had too much space, he had all the time in the world to spray it out wide.

"Rangers were able to get on the front foot. The Aberdeen midfield was so stretched, couldn't get near them and were being pulled all over the place. McInnes wanted his wide players to dominate and impose their game on top of Rangers.

"They didn't do that, and in the process it meant they were outnumbered in the middle of the park and Rangers dominated from there."

Carlos Alberto Pena of Rangers celebrates after he scores the opening goal of the game during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Jack, who signed for Rangers in the summer after leaving Aberdeen, was shown his fourth red card of the season for a challenge on Stevie May in the second half - two of which have been rescinded.

Rangers leapfrogged Aberdeen into second place behind Old Firm rivals Celtic, with Murty's tactical masterclass proving enough to win his fourth game of his interim spell in charge.

Now, the Gers will be looking to regroup ahead of Saturday's league match against Ross County at Ibrox, as they look to secure a third win in a row and close the gap between themselves and Brendan Rodgers' side.

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