Joe Dodoo makes bold Rangers claim after starring in Aberdeen triumph
By Will Butcher
Joe Dodoo has insisted that Rangers are a much better side than last Sunday’s opponents Aberdeen.
Dodoo, 21, came off the bench to score the Gers third in a surprise 3-0 win against Derek McInnes’ second-placed Dons, after a quick-fire brace from veteran Kenny Miller.
Speaking to the Daily Express, former Leicester forward Dodoo claimed that he could see from the substitutes’ bench what was needed at Pittodrie after joining the fray with the score at 0-0.
And Dodoo claimed the Gers are a much better team than Aberdeen, a bold claim as his side are currently nine points behind them in the Scottish Premiership.
“We weren’t surprised we beat them because we are better than them, no matter what anyone says,” Dodoo said.
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“Sometimes we aren’t winning games but we do have more than them. If we exploit the right spaces, do the right things and make the right decisions, play as a team and continue to work hard, we should be up there.
“I could see what needed to change at that time of the game because we were really narrow. All I had to do was go wide and stay wide.”
Miller, 37, gave the 54-time Scottish Premiership champions the lead with a fine strike in the 79th minute, as he capitalised on a loose ball by firing a half volley into the roof of the net.
The former Celtic striker then doubled his lead two minutes later, after being played through before slotting past goalkeeper Joe Lewis into the far corner.
Dodoo then wrapped up all three points with a superb solo effort that saw him cut inside from the left flank before firing past Lewis at the near post to score his fifth goal of the season.
The one-time England Under-18 international has made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Gers and will now be hoping his goal has earned him his first start under Pedro Caixinha.
The Portuguese boss will be in the Ibrox dugout for a third time as boss, as the Gers welcome Partick to Glasgow on Saturday with three points enough to take them within six of Aberdeen.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha is delighted that the Gers have brought in this man.