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9th Apr, 2017 | 4:21pm

Sky Sports pundit delivers emphatic verdict on Rangers hopes of second-place finish

By Will Butcher

Neil McCann firmly believes that Rangers will not overtake Aberdeen into second place in the Scottish Premiership this season.

The Gers secured a 3-0 win against Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen on Sunday, thanks to two goals from Kenny Miller and a late effort from substitute Joe Dodoo.

Speaking on Sky Sports 2’s live broadcast of Sunday’s clash at Pittodrie, McCann claimed the Gers have left it too late to reduce the nine-point difference separating the two sides.

“For Aberdeen, to beat Rangers into second is a big achievement,” McCann said of McInnes’ side.

“They won’t catch Aberdeen. I’ll put my neck on the line and say they won’t catch them, but they will be delighted that they’ve moved away from St. Johnstone.”

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The Gers are now six points clear of fourth placed St. Johnstone, but must make up nine points if they are to catch Aberdeen, with only six games remaining.

Rangers opened the scoring completely against the run of play in the 79th minute, as veteran Miller lashed home a loose ball in the penalty area.

Two minutes later, Miller doubled his side’s lead. Played through on goal, the 37-year-old slid the ball underneath goalkeeper Joe Lewis to score a quick-fire double.

Substitute Joe Dodoo rounded off his side’s win by coming off the bench to fire home after cutting inside from the left flank.

The Gers face Partick Thistle at Ibrox next Saturday and will be hoping to secure a third win under Caixinha – as well as relying on St. Johnstone to do them a favour against Aberdeen next weekend.

In other Rangers news, Miller has responded about his future following his two goals.

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