Date: 23rd May 2008 at 9:39am
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Of course, the question is obvious. Why are we so inconsistent? This season we’ve humped Copenhagen, drawn with Bayern Munich and won away to Celtic, while in the same season drawn with Gretna, been thrashed by Kilmarnock and knocked out of a semi-final by Queen of the South. Luckily for us we were on one of the aforementioned days for the visit of our biggest rivals, as they looked to lift the SPL trophy on our patch.

The first real chance of the match fell to Cuellar from a corner. His top corner bound volley was well saved by Jamie Langfield who put it out for another corner. With 17 minutes played, Stuart Duff sent in a cross for Chris Maguire but his volley dipped over the bar. Just seconds later, Rangers goalkeeper Alexander’s short pass was just that and Miller got to the ball first 30 yards from goal. His cross couldn’t find Darren Mackie however. Three minutes later Stuart Duff nearly scored his first goal for Aberdeen. Mackie’s layoff was drilled low and hard by Duff 25 yards from goal but over the course of the shot the ball spun off target. In the 34th minute it was worrying moments as Alan Maybury went down clutching his ribs. A few weeks ago it was feared he could have missed the rest of the season with bruised ribs and Cousin’s off the ball elbow left him short of breath and needing treatment. With 5 minutes remaining in the first half, Foster carelessly lost possesion just outside his own box but need not worry as Barry Ferguson found the top tier of the Richard Donald Stand with his ‘effort’.

Half-time: Aberdeen 0-0 Rangers

In the 62nd minute Stuart Duff could have made a cup of tea and come back to finish his shot 7 yards from goal but tried to hit a first time volley that went well wide of the target. The Rangers fans started to sing something about bringing on Novo and Boyd and quite right they were. Rangers’ front two, Cousin and Darcheville, were plain hopeless. It was also the latter that claimed Rangers would score 6 to lift the title on goal difference. The visiting support got their wishes as Novo and Boyd did come on eventually. The deadlock was broken just a minute later, however, it wasn’t Rangers. Barry Nicholson swung in a long free kick and Lee Miller, who signed a new contract a few days ago, rose to flick his header into the top corner. It was pandemonium at both Pittodrie and Tannadice, as the Celtic away support received the news knowing that they had one hand on the trophy now. A random roar at Pittodrie in the 72nd minute told the players that Celtic had taken the lead and now Rangers needed two to have any chance of winning the SPL. But it was game, set and match in the 77nd minute when Mackie found himself with the ball 10 yards from goal and he poked it past Alexander. To rub salt into the wound, Novo, who the Rangers fans had been crying out for earlier, almost ended Duff’s career after a Simpson-esque attempt at winning the ball and he was shown a straight red. Barry Nicholson was replaced by Derek Young for the last time with minutes remaining and he was given a standing ovation by the red army as a thank you for 3 fantastic years at Aberden. Injury time came and went, the referee blew his whistle and it was all over.

Full-time: Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers

Because of Dundee United’s defeat to Celtic and Motherwell’s 2-0 victory at Hibernian, the night was made all the sweeter as Aberdeen somehow ended up finishing 4th and received a 125’000 pounds cash boost.