Steven Gerrard says Rangers are a ‘class above’ Aberdeen after draw at Pittodrie


Steven Gerrard said Rangers are a 'class above' Aberdeen after the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie

Steven Gerrard said Rangers are a “class above” Aberdeen after seeing his 10-man side impress at Pittodrie.

The Gers were within three minutes of victory against one of their biggest rivals for a Scottish Premiership title tilt this season but for Bruce Anderson’s late equaliser, which cancelled out James Tavernier’s first-half penalty.

Their performance was all the more impressive in that they had been a man down since the 12th minute, when Alfredo Morelos was sent off for kicking out at Craig McKenna.

Last-gasp goal thwarts Gerrard’s Gers

After the game, Gerrard was bullish in his praise for his side, both for their performance in the game and perceived superiority over the Dons.

He said: “I thought we were magnificent. I thought we were very good with 11 men, I thought we were even better when we went down to 10. Aberdeen didn’t have any idea against us.

“For 93 minutes it was perfect, I’m gutted for my payers we conceded so late on but we are a class above Aberdeen.

“It’s frustrating because we put in so much effort, every single player to a man was excellent tactically. We were very good, very professional.

“Aberdeen only had one idea, to lump it in the box, and I’m pleased with the players, I’m delighted and I can’t go away from here disappointed with any of them.

Harsh lessons in Gerrard’s first test

“I thought we were better with 10 men so at half-time I said to keep doing what we were doing, and try to hurt them again when the ball and there were 2-3 occasions we could have got another goal, but anyone who was at this game today must know that we were much better than them.”

Gerrard added the club would consider whether to appeal Morelos’ red card, the first of his professional career, and one which will see him ruled out of games with St Mirren, Motherwell and Kilmarnock.

He said: “You leave the referee with a decision if you kick out, but the disappointing thing is he has been barged clearly and whoever’s spotted the red card should have spotted them too. That’s the disappointing thing.”

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