Aberdeen send Rangers crashing out of Scottish Cup to ensure Steven Gerrard likely to finish first season empty handed

Aberdeen send Rangers crashing out of Scottish Cup to ensure Steven Gerrard likely to finish first season empty handed

Aberdeen made history at Ibrox when goals from Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan knocked Rangers out of the William Hill Scottish Cup in this quarter-final replay.

It was the first time ever that the Dons had beaten Rangers three times in the same season and the outcome condemned Steven Gerrard to a fruitless first campaign as a manager, barring a wholly improbable scenario that would deprive Celtic of their eight-point advantage in the Scottish Premiership.

Aberdeen arrived at Ibrox with the distinction of being the only side to have beaten Rangers on their own turf this season and buoyed by their feat in becoming the first team to deprive Celtic of points in the east end of Glasgow in their goalless draw at Parkhead on Saturday. They were, however, without their top scorer, Sam Cosgrove, whose 18 goals included three against Rangers.

His place was taken by Stevie May, with 17-year-old Dean Campbell given his first start in a Dons jersey. For Rangers, meanwhile, Borna Barisic, on his return from illness, was the only change from their previous outing against Hibernian at Easter Road last Friday.

It was clear long before the spectators arrived that a crucial factor in the proceedings would be the weather front with the same initials as the Rangers manager and, sure enough, within 20 seconds of kick-off, the gale force wind blew the ball off McLennan’s boot and out for a throw-in. Coupled with horizontal, icy rain, the filthy conditions excluded delicacy, a lesson not absorbed by Glen Kamara when he tried a square pass in midfield that was gobbled up by McGinn, who strode into the penalty area to beat Allan McGregor with an angled left-footed drive.

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