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3 talking points as Ryan Kent gives Rangers the perfect start against toothless Aberdeen

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Ryan Kent holding a football ball on a field © SNS Group

Rangers kicked off the their Premiership title tilt with a convincing win at Aberdeen.

Ryan Kent scored the only goal of the game to give Steven Gerrard’s side all three points from clash at Pittodrie.

The Light Blues dominated the first half and that was when Kent struck in the 20th minute - coolly slotting past Joe Lewis.

A trip to the Granite City is one of hardest away visits of the Premiership season and Gerrard will have been delighted to get this one ticked off with a win.

He can now look forward to Rangers ' outstanding Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen which will be different proposition altogether.

Aberdeen were poor in the first half and probably weren’t helped without their adoring Red Army to lift them and get them back into the game.

Derek McInnes’s side had more intent in the second period but never really looked like scoring.

Their cause also wasn’t helped by Andrew Considine’s late red card for his studs-up challenge on Scott Arfield.

The Aberdeen legend was way late and referee Bobby Madden had no choice but to send him off.

3 talking points

Alf shows new side

The Colombian international is the subject of intense transfer interest but, as of yet, nobody has reached Rangers’ valuation.  That means the likes of French side Lille and Premier League new boys West Bromwich Albion will need to put up or shut-up.  Gerrard showed that Morelos is still very much his main man as he started as his main striker in the North-east.  The striker has been Rangers’ main go-to-man for goals in recent seasons but he turned creator.  It was his defence-splitting pass that sent Kent clear for the only goal.

Top Gun

The Nigerian international came in on a free transfer.  The experienced defender was thrown right into the team for his debut, even though George Edmundson had impressed during pre-season.  The 32-year-old was solid and commanding at the back.  He won his challenges and was a real presence alongside Connor Goldson. 

It is early days but the pair look like they could give Gerrard the solid central defensive partnership he has been searching for. Balogun also showed at times that he is not scared to use the space and get forward with some purpose. The early signs certainly look good for Rangers that Balogun could be a decent bit of business.

Bruce battler

The homegrown striker has been in and out of the Aberdeen side in recent seasons.  Injuries to Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main meant he was given a starting birth in this game, ahead of Ryan Edmondson who came in on-loan from Leeds United.  Anderson worked hard but all his work was on a defensive front.  He got next to no service and was up against two commanding central defenders who hardly gave him a sniff.  Anderson put a shift but it was more about chasing down defenders and trying to make a general nuisance of himself.  In fairness, even Cosgrove and Main would have struggled. The one half chance he did get it was read well and covered by Leon Balogun, who showed pace to stop him from breaking away.


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