Aberdeen's Derek McInnes insists Rangers boss Steven Gerrard did not surprise him at all with half-time switch

Derek McInnes manager of Aberdeen walks on the pitch with players prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Aberdeen were too good for Rangers at Ibrox last night.

Derek McInnes manager of Aberdeen reacts during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes spoke to reporters in the aftermath of his side's fine 1-0 win away at Rangers last night, and admitted that he was not at all surprised when he heard that Kyle Lafferty was coming on for the hosts at half-time, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.

The Dons were in desperate need of a win last night in order to keep the pressure up on those above them in the table, and they now sit just seven points adrift of league leaders Kilmarnock, with two games in hand over Steve Clarke's men.

 

Aberdeen were helped by Alfredo Morelos being given his marching orders after 64 minutes, but they were by far the better team, even before the Colombian's sending off.

Steven Gerrard tried to change the game at half-time by bringing on Kyle Lafferty, and it was a move that did not surprise Dons boss McInnes.

The 47-year-old spoke to reporters after his side's win at Ibrox, and praised his players for their exertions, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times:

Derek McInnes manager of Aberdeen walks on the pitch with players prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“We defended from the front and there was a real responsibility from my players. Rangers threw everything at us – they’ve not always had Morelos and Lafferty available for certain games this season and I wasn’t surprised when I heard Lafferty was coming on at half-time. It gave us another problem to deal with."

Next up for Aberdeen is a home game against St Johnstone on Saturday, and nothing less than a victory will do.

After last night's win over Rangers, though, McInnes' men will be more than confident of racking up another three points against Tommy Wright's side.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes walks on the pitch during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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