Dons class above Gers

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMIE DURENT AT IBROX

Re­silient Reds dig deep for huge Ibrox win af­ter Cos­grove’s first-half dis­missal

Sam Cos­grove will not be hit in the pocket for his Ibrox dis­missal af­ter Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was “as­ton­ished” at the striker’s red card.

Cos­grove was sent off just af­ter the half-hour mark for what ap­peared to be a high foot on Rangers de­fender Con­nor Gold­son.

The Dons were 1-0 up at the time, cour­tesy of Scott McKenna’s sev­enth-minute goal, and were a man down un­til ref­eree Steven McLean sent off Alfredo Morelos 30 min­utes later.

McInnes, pic­tured be­low, felt Cos­grove got to the ball first and did not de­serve his sec­ond book­ing.

He said: “Cos­grove gets the first touch. The ball goes into the Co­p­land Road be­hind the goal. It was a com­ing to­gether. I don’t think it was a foul to any­one, if any­thing it was a foul to us.

“To deem that a yel­low card, hav­ing the boy al­ready on a yel­low card, I find it as­ton­ish­ing that he has been sent off for that. He won’t be get­ting fined. He has noth­ing to be sorry for. But his team-mates dug him out tonight. Shin­nie, Fer­gu­son and Ball all put in one­and-a-half per­for­mances.

That gave us a chance to get the job done.”

McLean had a dif­fi­cult even- ing, strug­gling to con­trol the game and a sec­ond send­ing off in the sec­ond half seemed in­evitable. It came just five days af­ter McLean was crit­i­cised by Partick This­tle man­ager Gary Cald­well for fail­ing to give his side a penalty against Queen of the South, for an ap­par­ent foul by Michael Doyle on Blair Spit­tal.

McInnes added: “I think it was a re­ally dif­fi­cult match to ref­eree, I have to say that. Rangers v Aberdeen are tough games to ref­eree.

“He won’t be get­ting fined. He has noth­ing to be sorry for”

“Both sets of fans ex­pect their play­ers to be fully com­mit­ted and that’s what we got tonight. “There were a lot of nig­gles and bumps and chal­lenges. I just feel with the red card, you could take a breath on it and think of the con­se­quences. I just don’t see it as a red card, I don’t see it as a yel­low card. I just found it the wrong de­ci­sion.”

Vic­tory puts Aberdeen back in the top six ahead of St Johnstone’s visit to Pit­to­drie on Satur­day. It also al­lowed Kilmarnock to go top of the Premiership, with their 2-0 win over Livingston enough to leapfrog both Old Firm sides. Rangers have been charged by Uefa af­ter a fan ran on to the pitch at Ibrox dur­ing last month’s Europa League game against Vil­lar­real.

The Premiership club have also been charged for a sep­a­rate bot­tlethrow­ing in­ci­dent.

A Uefa state­ment read: “Charges against Rangers FC – field in­va­sions by sup­port­ers and throw­ing of objects.”

The case will be dealt with by Uefa’s con­trol, ethics and dis­ci­plinary body on De­cem­ber 13.

Rangers fan Paul Cair­ney, 26, ad­mit­ted run­ning on to the pitch when plead­ing guilty to con­duct­ing him­self in a dis­or­derly man­ner at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court last week. An­other, Ni­cholas Walker, 20, ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing the match. He pleaded guilty to throw­ing a glass bot­tle, which nar­rowly missed the po­lice of­fi­cer, from the crowd.

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