Date: 15th April 2006 at 6:33pm
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Aberdeen came away from Ibrox with a valuable point and put another major dent in the hopes of the Ibrox faithfull of finishing second in the SPL table behind Champions Celtic.The news from Tynecastle also would not have left the home support in a good mood,as Hearts won their match 2-0.

Rangers had been the focus of a UEFA report this week and so the players had hopede to get back to matters on the park and give the fans something to shout about,for the right reasons!

The Dons had good reason to be confident coming into this match as the Gers had not beaten them all season and the Reds were not about to let this end today.

The Dons may not have beaten Rangers at Ibrox since 1991 but they had another record on their minds when they entered this match,not since 1985/86 had Rangers gone through the season without beating the Dons!

Both sides had chances in this fairly entertaining match as both Diamond and Dempsey went close for the vistors as the Dons style clearly rattled the Ibrox men.

But the Dons had to defend well also in this match with goalkeeper,Jamie Langfield in particular was outstanding in goals for the Dons as he made great stops from Boyd and Kyrgiakos to keep the Dons on level terms with the Ibrox men.

But in the second half the Dons could and should have taken the lead,as Gary Dempsey hit a great shot that rattled the Rangers crossbar after some nice football by the Dons.

Just when the noisy away support thought their Ibrox jinx was going to end,the home side took the lead and it was Rangers top scorer Kris Boyd who took a knock down from Dado Prso and he thumped a great shot past Langfield from 12 yards to put the Gers 1-0 up after 51 minutes.

The same player could have given Rangers a 2-0 lead but he headed over from close range,had that gone in the Dons would have been dead and gone.

But this Dons team have a new top six lease of life about them under the two Jimmy’s and Sandy and they got their just rewards when Scott Severin hit a powerful free kick that took a deflection of Rodriguez and flew into the Rangers net with Waterreus beaten.

As the match came to a close the Dons so nearly grabbed the winner their play so deserved.

Ricky Foster went round the Rangers keeper but as the angle was too tight,the ball broke back to Jamie Smith who blasted the ball over.

The home side poured forward in the final minutes but the Red barrier and that man Langfield held on for a well deserved point.

The Dons now need to take this forward to the next matches in their battle for a higher top 6 place.
Aberdeen v Kilmarnock
Aberdeen v Hibs
Hearts v Aberdeen
Aberdeen v Celtic

Player Ratings

Langfield 9
Diamond 8
Anderson 8
McNaughton 8
Clark 8
Foster 8
Severin 8
Dempsey 8
Snoyl 8
Smith 8
Lovell 8

Manager Rating
Jimmy Calderwood -top stuff 9

Opponent Rating
Alex McLeish-ex Dons hero 8

Referee Mike McCurry made sure that all that was sung was songs of praise and that was from the Dons fans!