Dons class above Gers
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.