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Lewis Stevenson out to avoid a repeat of the "frolic" he got last time the teams met

Lewis Stevenson's status as the only Hibs player to ever win both the League Cup and Scottish Cup is well known, but he's hungry for more and at 34 he doesn't want to be deprived of something more significant, but and maybe. (Author: Gardener)

Lewis StevensonLewis Stevenson's status as the only Hibs player to ever win both the League Cup and Scottish Cup is well known, but he's hungry for more and at 34 he doesn't want to be deprived of something more significant, but and maybe. © Lewis Stevenson says Hibs won't underestimate the Cove Rangers after they ran narrowly last season. As a club which have recently had an enviable record of success in domestic knockout finals, they are looking to extend their streak of five consecutive semi-finals or finals, spanning both major cup competitions. Going back even further, they have made it to the last four in the last 10 years, or even better, seven times in the Scottish Cup, which they have won once. Four semi-finals ago I thought it might be my last time at Hampden. I've managed to get there quite a few times since then, but you never know when it will be your last chance, so I have to make the best of it. “It's good to have a run because it can give the fans a good day and it can bring in money for the club. But as a player, it's the last thing you remember, winning the cup. I'm sure teams see us as a big dog and know we want to have a good cup run, but we don't take anything for granted." This season they meet top-flight Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup opener, and having faced them in last season's League Cup and battling to a 2-1 win no one who played that day expects a carefree evening. Maybe I'm speaking too early, but it looks like they've already completed the league. We played them last year and were lucky to win the game to be honest. In the end it was a good win for us. I think they've improved since then. It's going to be a tough game that we don't underestimate. "The guys who played will leave those who didn't know how difficult it was going to be. Not only do they have good individual players, I found them very good tactically. But we've probably improved since then, too. I skipped a bit that day. But we're probably playing a different style now than before." But after coming so close, Stevenson says Hibs need to show their ability to get the job done in the early rounds and then show a more clinical edge when they get another chance to lift silverware. “We've had great runs in the cups lately, but it's almost like preparing for a bigger crash. We have to focus on Cove at the moment.”

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Rangers, who veered off course at Pittodrie and Gio van Bronkhorst, should now throw caution to the winds

The Dutchman had his first stumble up front at Ibrox against a struggling Aberdeen side. (Author: Gardener)

PittodrieLewis Ferguson's penalty wasn't the only thing that went off course in Pittodrie on Tuesday night. The Aberdeen ace refused to be shaken by the wild wind blowing across the North Sea coast as he survived his Uri Geller moment and equalized to give the Dons a deserved point against Gio van Bronckhorst's Rangers grant. The result was the first blemish in the Dutchman's hitherto perfect Premiership record as he celebrated his first milestone as Gers boss. With van Bronckhorst's reign in double figures, now is a good time to take stock of how the Ibrox men have progressed since Steven Gerrard's successor returned to Glasgow. Van Bronckhorst blew into Ibrox and vowed not to start a storm but to continue to develop the blueprint for success he had inherited. The defensive blunders that were more common than a U-turn by Boris Johnson in the final days of the Gerrard era suddenly became rarer than a trusted Tory minister, while the likes of Joe Aribo, Alfredo Morelos and Calvin Bassey all thrived under van Bronckhorst's new regime are . In general, the new boss has stabilized a group that was on the verge of becoming unpredictable, but there were moments when things didn't seem quite so under control - with Tuesday being a prime example. It is no coincidence that the former Feryenoord coach's two worst performances in his tenure to date have come without Aribo. The 25-year-old is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs with his ability to control and slice through opponents, but some Ibrox supporters now fear they are over-reliing on the former Charlton ace. At home against Dundee United last month, the Light Blues did just enough to get James Tavernier's penalty over the line, but it was a lifeless performance for most of the game as their chief playmaker was kept off-guard until the final 25 minutes bench from watching. The Nigerian star saw no reversal against Aberdeen recently as Aribo is currently causing a stir at the Africa Cup of Nations. Without Aribo's telescopic limbs, victory was out of reach as van Bronckhorst's 100 percent league record was shattered. January signing James Sands made his debut but he seems more of a safe pair of hands in midfield than the guy ready to grab the game by the neck and haul Rangers to victory. For the most part, that meant in Pittodrie that it was left to the Gers front four of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Scott Wright and Ianis Hagi to raid the last third of the Dons. Perhaps a return of Steven Davis, Scott Arfield or even the eternally hapless Ryan Jack could allow Gers to be a bit more ambitious in the coming days before Aribo returns from Cameroon. Perhaps the answer is simply to untie Tavernier and Barisic and allow them to perform the threat they became famous for under Gerrard. To do so, however, van Bronckhorst must consider throwing caution to the wind.

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Lewis Ferguson on his future at Aberdeen and his penalty shoot-out 'fright' against Rangers

It doesn't take Uri Geller's mental influence to move a ball from the penalty spot in Pittodrie. (Author: Gardener)

Lewis FergusonIt doesn't take Uri Geller's mental influence to move a ball from the penalty spot in Pittodrie. © Lewis Ferguson equalized for Aberdeen against Aberdeen in Pittodrie with that penalty, despite... Lewis Ferguson, as he impishly pointed out to a group of veteran Scottish football writers on Tuesday night, was not even born when the Israeli spoon-bender Geller claimed for shifting the ball at Wembley in 1996 just before Gary McAllister's penalty was saved by England goalkeeper David Seaman. © Lewis Ferguson's header caught Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos' left arm to earn the penalty. Unlike McAllister, Aberdeen midfielder Ferguson was unaffected by the movement of the ball as he confidently sent Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor the wrong way to earn a 1-1 draw for the Dons. "As I was running and the ball was coming my way, I felt like it wasn't where I was when I hit it," Ferguson said. "I thought, 'If I miss, maybe I'll get it again, but if I score, I'll take it'. It put me off a bit, but I just focused on getting good touch and putting my foot through. Luckily it hit the net, although causing a small scare. “I thought we should have gotten a penalty in the first half with the Ryan Hedges and Allan McGregor incident. Throughout the game I thought we were the better team. "We hit the ball well. Rangers' form was decent and although we played well they made it difficult to play through. I thought we deserved at least our draw. I actually thought we made it. Ferguson has established himself as one of Scottish football's most competent and reliable penalty takers. He has now scored 10 of 10 goals for Aberdeen, contributing to an overall tally of 30 goals in the 150 games he has now played for the club. "Until a few days before the Rangers game, I didn't know it was going to be my 150th appearance. It's a good feeling and I think 30 goals is a decent return, which I'm very happy about. Aberdeen fans will be hoping Ferguson is there at least until the end of this season as speculation continues over a potential move in the current transfer window with Italian club Cagliari, the latest club to be credited with an interest in him. "I'm an Aberdeen player right now and will be focusing on playing for Aberdeen for the foreseeable future, barring anything happening," Ferguson added.

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Rangers, who went off course at Pittodrie and Gio van Bronkhorst, could now jettison all precautions

The Dutchman had his first stumble up front at Ibrox against a struggling Aberdeen side. (Author: Gardener)

PittodrieLewis Ferguson's penalty wasn't the only thing that went off course in Pittodrie on Tuesday night. The Aberdeen ace refused to be shaken by the wild wind blowing across the North Sea coast as he survived his Uri Geller moment and equalized to give the Dons a deserved point against Gio van Bronckhorst's Rangers grant. The result was the first blemish in the Dutchman's hitherto perfect Premiership record as he celebrated his first milestone as Gers boss. With van Bronckhorst's reign in double figures, now is a good time to take stock of how the Ibrox men have progressed since Steven Gerrard's successor returned to Glasgow. Van Bronckhorst blew into Ibrox and vowed not to start a storm but to continue to develop the blueprint for success he had inherited. The defensive blunders that were more common than a U-turn by Boris Johnson in the final days of the Gerrard era suddenly became rarer than a trusted Tory minister, while the likes of Joe Aribo, Alfredo Morelos and Calvin Bassey all thrived under van Bronckhorst's new regime are . In general, the new boss has stabilized a group that was on the verge of becoming unpredictable, but there were moments when things didn't seem quite so under control - with Tuesday being a prime example. It is no coincidence that the former Feryenoord coach's two worst performances in his tenure to date have come without Aribo. The 25-year-old is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs with his ability to control and slice through opponents, but some Ibrox supporters now fear they are over-reliing on the former Charlton ace. At home against Dundee United last month, the Light Blues did just enough to get James Tavernier's penalty over the line, but it was a lifeless performance for most of the game as their chief playmaker was kept off-guard until the final 25 minutes bench from watching. The Nigerian star saw no reversal against Aberdeen recently as Aribo is currently causing a stir at the Africa Cup of Nations. Without Aribo's telescopic limbs, victory was out of reach as van Bronckhorst's 100 percent league record was shattered. January signing James Sands made his debut but he seems more of a safe pair of hands in midfield than the guy ready to grab the game by the neck and haul Rangers to victory. For the most part, that meant in Pittodrie that it was left to the Gers front four of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Scott Wright and Ianis Hagi to raid the last third of the Dons. Perhaps a return of Steven Davis, Scott Arfield or even the eternally hapless Ryan Jack could allow Gers to be a bit more ambitious in the coming days before Aribo returns from Cameroon. Perhaps the answer is simply to untie Tavernier and Barisic and allow them to perform the threat they became famous for under Gerrard. To do so, however, van Bronckhorst must consider throwing caution to the wind.

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Rangers kit partner Castore will sign deals with four new clubs next season

Rangers are praised by Castore as the kit retailer announces plans to sign four new deals with elite clubs ahead of next season. (Author: Gardener)

next seasonRangers' kit partner Castore are set to sign deals with four new clubs next season, taking their football portfolio to an impressive seven across Europe. Speaking to Sport Business, Castore co-founder Tom Beahon also credited the ditched Rangers, having previously cited the success of the Ibrox deal as one of the main reasons the company got a foothold in football. Castore claims they have signed kit supply deals with one unnamed club each from the English Premier League, Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and Germany's Bundesliga. This builds on Castore's already existing deals with Rangers and Premier League duo Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United. There are certain criteria associated with the clubs targeted by Castore - such as a large fan base, room for growth in e-commerce marketing and a potential to improve the pitch - with Rangers being cited as an ideal example. Disruptor brand Castore also prides itself on bespoke designs and a high focus on each of their partners, something they claim the 'big three' Adidas, Nike and Puma don't offer. “It's a situation in these leagues where the big brands are focusing their resources on a small number of clubs and where they've invested outside of the first division and haven't put the same resources into development. "For the clubs just outside that Tier 1 category, they don't necessarily get access to the global marketing, bespoke product designs and day-to-day attention that the big three offer the top clubs. “Here we see an opportunity to help non-League clubs improve their retail and marketing programme, internationalize and improve e-commerce, help these clubs increase their revenues and in turn grow the Castore brand As a burgeoning sportswear brand, it's telling that Castore values ​​the Rangers partnership so much, as it has acted as a stepping stone for the retailer to sign deals with other clubs. Castore is not only making waves in football. The retailer has a variety of partnerships with top athletes, as well as dealings with Sir Andy Murray, McLaren, Saracens Rugby and the West Indies Cricket Team amongst many others. All the noise suggests Rangers partner Castore could also "benefit enormously" from the PIF-led takeover of Newcastle United earlier in the season.

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Are the New York Rangers a cup contender?

Are Rangers legitimate cup contenders? In 38 games, Rangers have a 24-10-4 record. New York has played the most games as most teams, but there's no denying that Rangers have been one of the best teams in the league so far. (Author: Gardener)

the New York RangersWe're nearing halfway point in the NHL season, and one of the league's biggest surprises this season has been the New York Rangers. The young team with a new coach went into the season with increased expectations, but those expectations were mostly that the team would be competitive and fight for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They far exceeded those expectations, but are they a good bet to win the Stanley Cup? In 38 games, Rangers have a 24-10-4 record. New York has played the most games as most teams, but there's no denying that Rangers have been one of the best teams in the league so far. Despite their record, Rangers are currently 22-to-1 to win the Stanley Cup. Is there a reason why the market for Rangers seems a bit bearish? New York ranks fourth from the bottom in expected goal percentage at 5-a-side. Basically, they would be expected to have the fourth worst goal difference in the league based on the quality and quantity of chances Rangers create and allow. They are the fifth worst in the league in terms of expected goals scored, meaning they don't generate much offense in 5v5. They're also bottom ten in expected goals conceded, meaning they're conceding their fair share of quality chances. There are two main reasons the Rangers are beating their metrics. Special teams play isn't accounted for in the above metrics, but it's certainly a big part of the game. Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin is the main reason Rangers are at the top of the NHL. More importantly, Igor Shesterkin is perhaps the best goalkeeper in the league. He has scored +19.19 goals in 22 games, which is above expectations. He is basically solely responsible for preventing an extra goal per game compared to the average goalkeeper. While Rangers might not be my top bet to win the cup, a top goalkeeper could give them added value at their current price of 22-1 to win the cup. However, I would prefer to support Rangers through the awards futures market. Igor Shesterkin currently has the second best chance of winning the Vezina but that won't stop me from betting on the young Rangers goalkeeper. Shesterkin is currently sitting at +450 to win the award. Campbell had a great season for the Leafs, but the Leafs had tremendous expectations going into the year. If you look at the Rangers, nobody expected them to be here. Shesterkin's numbers suggest he's the main reason Rangers are where they are. If the season ended now, I'd have a hard time dating anyone but Shesterkin. Adam Fox won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defender in 2021. He currently sits at +450 to repeat as the winner of the award. These are the second-best odds of any defender, only behind the Avalanche's Cale Makar, who sits at +200. In a full 82-game season, Makar would score over 40 goals and nearly 100 points. Fox has a pace close to points per game, but he's not quite up to Makar's level. He took over from David Quinn in the summer and Gallant's first season went as well as could have been expected. Rangers are clearly exceeding expectations and are currently one of the best teams in the league. As a freshman coach, it's hard to ignore a coach leading a team from a non-playoff team to the top of the league. Gallant sits at 12-to-1 to win the Jack Adams Award.

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The gio factor is slipping and Rangers MUST sign 3 or the Champions League golden ticket is gone

David McCarthy is answering your calls as concerned Ibrox supporters got busy after a night to remember in Granite City. (Author: Gardener)

gioThere's nothing quite like the calm after the storm, when everyone takes a moment to catch their breath and reflect on the game you've just watched. Indeed, it was a seething, frothing maelstrom of anger and accusation - almost all aimed towards Pittodrie after another explosive clash between Aberdeen and Rangers. Scott Brown intercepted most of the flak from the Rangers support, but referee Kevin Clancy wasn't far behind in terms of unpopularity. Stuart McLeod, Stepps, added: “Poor performance from Rangers and they certainly missed Joe Aribo. However, Clancy showed his inability to referee a game on his own and constantly took direction from Scott Brown. Kevin probably asked Brown for 10 points." George Wilson, West Sussex, wrote by email: "Aberdeen players should feel ashamed again for putting in their usual fighting performance against Rangers, then against everyone else it will be the same be normal garbage. "Referee Clancy was a disgrace as always and Scott Brown did his best to send Morelos off but instead managed to cheat Clancy - which isn't difficult - by sending Kent off and openly mocking him afterwards. I'm not sure if Brown or Clancy was the bigger shame. Not a great performance from low-strength Rangers who deserved just one point but still a good point and are still far from Celtic whose deluded supporters are now boasting about players playing like Iniesta. I could play like Iniesta against a bad Hibs team and I've been retired for years." Frank McFerran, Carrickfergus, added: "Does Brown like to play the fool? Rangers have seen Candeias and Halliday sent off for gestures to the crowd in recent years. Surely the impartial compliance officer needs to give Brown an extra yellow card for his unprofessional, childish taunts at Kent, or is it just a two-way street? "Brown should have seen red instead of Kent for his dramatic nosedive that earned Kent his second yellow, not that Clancy needed any help or encouragement!" Drew Ferguson, Oban said: "As a Rangers fan, my fellow Rangers fans will know the antics of Scott Brown as the man clearly has excellent acting skills. But unfortunately that's part of the game and he's good at it, but a good referee will see it for what it is. I'm sure Mr Clancy will see that Kent's second yellow was very, very soft and not even a foul and that he missed the ball on penalties. But at the end of the day Rangers have to be better than Tuesday." Scott Gowers, Edinburgh, wrote via email: "Surely Clancy can never referee a game again? The official said he saw the ball move on the penalty kick, according to Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass. "The fact that after such an admission, the Laws of the Game were not applied in relation to a ball in motion is a big story. "Well done to Aberdeen for trying again against Rangers. It's a shame that the team doesn't act like this against every team and in the event of a relegation battle it's their own fault for not showing the same attitude in other games as they did against Rangers." John Bruce said: "On Monday we saw how a passive Hibs Celtic played - unlike Hibs teams who play Rangers. On Tuesday we saw a heated Aberdeen Rangers play - in contrast to Aberdeen sides playing Celtic. “Aberdeen fought for every ball and constantly fought to stop the game. Scott Brown faked an injury to send Ryan Kent off and Johnny Hayes elbowed Borna Barisic, causing him to bleed. When was the last time Aberdeen showed that 'commitment' against Celtic? "When evidence is needed, TV channels always choose Rangers v Aberdeen/Hibs games because they are 'fiery' duels. When were those games against Celtic ever called 'fiery'? James Forsyth, Bellshill, said: “Has Scott Brown started wearing skates since he came to Aberdeen? Eddie Easson, Ballingry, Fife wrote via email: 'The gio factor is slipping now. Rangers figured they had nothing better to do than show up in Pittodrie and take home the points. “You forgot Scott Brown. Ask Ryan Kent. Allan McGregor got away with one again, but Rangers fans forgot it when they criticized referee Kevin Clancy. Gordon Ashley, Ayr, emailed: "This Rangers team was under no pressure to win their scrimmage title last season but all that has changed this year. They've been totally dominated by your average Aberdeen side and cold sweats are starting to break out on their brows as the new manager's upswing comes to an end and Celtic grow stronger. He said: “As a Rangers fan I am disappointed with the referee in Pittodrie. While the experimental line-up with five players missing obviously didn't help, the decision to give Aberdeen a penalty for a handball that should never have been given and the red card for Ryan Kent after Brown faked an injury and cheated the referee did . doesn't help either. Bill Waugh, Glasgow, said Rangers benefited from Clancy's decisions, saying: "According to Stephen Glass, the linesman said there was not enough contact from McGregor to Hedges. Even Kris Boyd said it was a penalty." Pete Summers, Airdrie, wrote via email: "Not supporting Gio will cost Rangers Champions League and league money. Any chance of getting two to three players going straight into the first team? And Neil Renton, Edinburgh, said: “Rangers fans have a nerve to whine about referee Kevin Clancy's performance in their game against Aberdeen. Non-old firm clubs had a lifetime of decisions that went against them when playing either Celtic or Rangers. He said: "Let's keep it simple - I'm Mark Ogren, I'm spending a hundred grand on top scorer in the league Tony Watt and the manager starts him on the bench and drains everything transfer-related.

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Scott Brown begins trolling the Rangers before kicking off while reveling in the panto roll

The 36-year-old was there before the first whistle as he enjoyed facing his old opponents. (Author: Gardener)

Scott BrownScott Brown and his 6 Rangers trolls as Aberdeen captain revel in the panto role that puts him in play before kick-off. Aberdeen's Scott Brown (right) talks to Rangers' James Tavernier after Ryan Kent's red Get the latest Rangers news from Record Sport with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong, please try again later. Whether it's Sergio Ramos throwing himself on the deck, Leonardo Bonucci telling England 'it's coming to Rome', or just Diego Costa in general, there's a real appreciation for football's biggest trolls. Aberdeen captain Scott Brown might not be on the level of this trio when it comes to kicking a ball, but as a s**thouser he's one of the greatest ever. And the former Celtic skipper loves nothing more than winding down Rangers players, staff and fans. The color of the shirt may have changed, but Broony hasn't, and he was up there in his trolling game in Aberdeen's 1-1 draw with the champions. Start how you want to continue. Brown was there from the start as he immediately warmed to the opportunity. The Aberdeen star came out of the tunnel to warm up with a ball in hand - and immediately kicked it towards the Rangers support. These two are old foes and Brown wanted to get under the striker's skin from the start. On a first-half throw, the former Scotland captain kept the ball away from Morelos as he tried to retrieve it. Referee Kevin Clancy rightly brushed it off, but it signaled what was to come. The standout moment of Brown's match was his reaction to Rangers winger Kent's red card. The Englishman, who had received a harsh caution for a foul on Jonny Hayes, caught the Aberdeen captain late. The veteran was cheering on his teammates when Kent passed him on his way up the tunnel. The Aberdeen captain wasn't finished having spoken briefly to his counterpart. Tavernier had something to say to Brown immediately after Kent was sent off - possibly about his reaction to the foul in question. If it was an attempt to tease the midfielder, it didn't work and Brown laughed and slipped his arm around the Rangers man's shoulder. ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 18: Scott Brown of Aberdeen (right) talks to James Tavernier of Rangers after Ryan Kent's red card during a Cinch Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie on January 18, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Tavernier, however, was in no mood to cuddle as he pushed off the Aberdeen skipper - much to Brown's delight. The 36-year-old was really in his element at this point as he reveled in the guests' simmering. Like a baseball bat in a hot streak, Brown was really on the move at this point. Much to the annoyance of Rangers fans, Clancy Borna ordered Barisic off the pitch to grapple with a bloody nose while his side defended a set piece. While sending the Croatian to the sidelines was right, Gers supporters were furious that it happened at such a crucial moment when her husband had been in need of treatment for some time. It's likely, of course, that the referee simply hadn't noticed Barisic was bleeding up until that point. Luckily, Brown was on hand to bring the matter to his attention at a particularly crucial moment in the game... When the final whistle blew, Brown was inevitably backed by Rangers. Visiting fans were understandably keen to remind the Celtic legend of his last season, which ended in disappointment when he failed to win a 10th consecutive Premiership title. ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 18: Aberdeen captain Scott Brown during a Cinch Premiership game between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie on January 18, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland. A fair point, but Brown offered a subtle reminder of those he was able to lift along the way. As he left the field, the veteran could be seen with his head bowed looking down at his hands. He'll likely never get love from Rangers fans, and even grudging respect will be hard to come by.

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van Bronckhorst curses lack of VAR as he admits Ger's shortcomings against Aberdeen

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has cursed a lack of VAR in Scotland as he admits his side's shortcomings against Aberdeen. (Author: Gardener)

AberdeenRangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has cursed a lack of VAR in the Scottish game as he was pushed for a series of poor refereeing decisions in the draw against Aberdeen. The composed Dutchman addressed the press after Pittodrie's lackluster performance and while Gio admitted his side weren't at their best, the focus was on the referee. Van Bronckhorst, clearly not too focused on post-game decisions, admitted his own side's shortcomings as Rangers escaped Aberdeen by a point. But when asked about the refereeing decisions - from Ryan Kent's red card, the two calls for penalties and the ball moving off the spot for Ferguson's subsequent equalizer - Gio referred to Scotland's lack of VAR. "Of course, if you don't have VAR, the referee's decision counts," van Bronckhorst said after the draw against Aberdeen [Sky Sports]. “When you have VAR and you get every angle, like you did with the long ball with Allan in the first half, maybe it's different. It's windy here, we've seen the ball move and maybe it needs to be taken [again] with VAR. Rangers boss van Bronckhorst claims the club must 'move on' from Aberdeen's refereeing performance. We have to accept the referee's decisions and move on. You know there will be yellow cards on both sides. "It's normal in a place like this. It doesn't look like Gio will bring VAR north of the border anytime soon after a vote on the tech was pushed back to April, meaning it will likely be pushed back to the season after next. The Ibrox boss also claimed his side were "happy" with a point in the end as he criticized his team's inability to keep the ball properly amid an underperformance by the champions. Next up for Rangers is a Scottish Cup visit to Stirling Albion before club hosts Livingston at Ibrox and van Bronckhorst were content to eventually emerge from Aberdeen with a point. "Sometimes there are games like that. It's not like we're dominating everywhere, creating opportunities and being the dominant side. We knew it would be difficult here,” said van Bronckhorst. “Of course we wanted to get better on the ball. Today we weren't so we return to Glasgow with a point and work for the cup tie on Friday." The tie in Aberdeen signals the end of van Bronckhorst's perfect start as Gers boss as the club have seven wins and a draw in of the Scottish Premiership since the Dutchman took charge. Meanwhile, a routinely linked Aberdeen star has been the subject of £3.5million interest from Serie A, according to reports.

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5 Kevin Clancy calls analyzed as Rangers drew at Aberdeen brought even more flash points

The official awarded a penalty, sent off a Rangers player and was the focus of controversial calls. (Author: Gardener)

RangersThe sides played an entertaining 1-1 draw that left the champions just four points ahead of Celtic in the title race, but both teams had their grievances after the final whistle. Dons manager Stephen Glass felt his side should have had not one but two penalties, while Rangers were furious at the late handed red card to Ryan Kent. As the controversy rumbles on Record Sport, Record Sport took a look at the controversial incidents to analyze what referee Kevin Clancy got right and wrong. The first big talking point of the game came almost immediately before Rangers scored the opening goal through Ianis Hagi. A long ball sent Ryan Hedges after him, goalkeeper Allan McGregor came out to meet him. The Aberdeen man was the first to go on target, throwing the ball over his opponent before heading into the box. It's easy to see why the referee didn't notice in real time, but replays clearly showed McGregor's rear leg rattling against Hedges, sending him onto the turf. As a result, Clancy should have pointed to the spot, but the referees clearly felt that the keeper hadn't really scored in his desperate leap after the ball. Aberdeen were awarded a second-half penalty when Lewis Ferguson equalized from 12 yards out. In a set piece situation, it was decided that the ball hit Alfredo Morelos' hand and under the current laws, the striker cannot have any complaints. Looking at the incident, Morelos had an arm at his side but his left arm away from his body and it is that arm that blocked the ball. An unsportsmanlike conduct warning should be issued when a player "grabs the ball to disrupt or stop a promising attack" while on a Red because "the opposing team has been denied a goal or an obvious scoring opportunity by a handball offence “. Clancy clearly felt Morelos had stopped a promising Aberdeen attack but didn't stop them from having a clear chance. While Clancy was awarded the penalty, Aberdeen got away with one when it came to the actual kick. Just before his shot, the wind blew the ball backwards, where the laws clearly state that it must be stationary when the kick is executed. Had video recording been available, the referee would certainly have ordered the kick to be retaken. Rangers' biggest complaint from the game came when Kent was shown two yellow cards within minutes. The first came after 76 minutes for a foul on Jonny Hayes and just seven minutes later the winger received his marching orders for a foul on Scott Brown. A free kick is enough for the first, the second brings a warning and the third is punished with a red card. While it was a foul on Hayes, the Rangers man was only guilty of a barge in the back, which would certainly fall under carelessness — a lack of attention or consideration in a challenge — rather than the definition of recklessness, which reads: " When a player acts without regard to the danger or consequences to an opponent". Although the contact he made on Brown might have been minimal and the Aberdeen captain certainly made the most of it, Kent went into the challenge with studs visible and played the ball. Had there been excessive violence or brutality that would justify a direct red card but clearly Clancy thought it was reckless (as defined above) and so awarded a second yellow. Kent's red card is therefore tough but the winger would have could be more careful as he had a caution Another who angered Rangers support was Born a Barisic, who was sent off when his side defended a set piece. The Croatian was bleeding from the nose - something Brown was only too happy to point out - and was sent to the touchline for cleaning. The problem isn't so much here, as the law states that the referee must ensure that "any bleeding player leaves the field". However, Barisic had been bleeding for some time following a clash with Hayes and should have been sent to the touchline as soon as possible until Clancy was "satisfied that the bleeding has stopped and there is no blood on the equipment".

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