Gerrard accepts blame for latest Rangers cup KO
Aberdeen celebrate at Ibrox (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers 0 Aberdeen 2
Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge of Rangers is set to finish without a trophy after Aberdeen continued their recent dominance over the Glasgow side.
The Dons have lost just once in six games against the Gers this season and have now knocked them out of both domestic cup competitions.
It is eight years since Rangers won a major trophy and Gerrard knows significant improvements are required if that barren run is to end any time soon.
With Celtic eight points clear at the top of the Premiership, a season which promised so much under the rookie boss is destined to fizzle out.
Niall McGinn opened the scoring after just three minutes when he latched onto a bad mistake by Glen Kamara. When youngster Connor McLennan stroked home his side’s second just after the hour mark, there was no way back for the hosts.
They had enjoyed large chunks of possession but as in the first game at Pittodrie, failed to trouble Joe Lewis as often as they would have liked.
“It’s a huge blow,” said a furious Gerrard. “This was a huge game for the club. We have let the supporters down and I take full responsibility.
“We were nowhere near good enough. We started the game extremely poor and never really got any better from there.
“We have no complaints in terms of the result. They deserved it. They wanted it more in certain areas of the pitch which is a major concern.”
The only sour note on a night of celebration for Derek McInnes was the booking picked up by Graeme Shinne which rules the Aberdeen captain out of the semi-final against Celtic.
Rangers: Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Joe Worrall, Connor Goldson, Ryan Jack, Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara, Alfredo Morelos, Daniel Candeias, Borna Barisic, Scott Arfield. Subs: Jermain Defoe, Kyle Lafferty (for Arfield, Candeias 66).
Aberdeen: Joe Lewis, Dom Ball, Andy Considine, Scott McKenna, Max Lowe, Dean Campbell, Lewis Ferguson, Graeme Shinnie, Connor McLennan, Niall McGinn, Stevie May. Subs: Mikey Devlin (for McGinn 72), Stephen Gleeson (for Campbell 79), James Wilson (for May 82).
Jambos edge Jags
Hearts edged past Partick Thistle 2-1 in the other quarter-final replay at Tynecastle.
The home side were stunned by Scott McDonald’s opener after 17 minutes but bounced back with goals from Uche Ikpeazu and a Sean Clare penalty before the break.
Ikpeazu missed a spot-kick in the second half but it didn’t prove costly as the Jambos went on to secure a semi-final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park.
Hearts: Zlamal; Godinho, Souttar, Berra, Garuccio; Lee (Haring 66), Djoum, Clare; Mulraney (Morrison 83), Ikpeazu, Wighton.
Partick Thistle: Hazard; Saunders, Anderson, McMillan; Elliott (Cardle 51), Spittal (Fitzpatrick 76), Slater, Bannigan, Penrice; McDonald; Mansell (Storey 67).