By Amir Mir

Anthony O’Connor has hit back at Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha for thinking his side can claim second spot in the table and overtake Aberdeen.

The Gers are sitting third in the Scottish Premiership, 12 points behind the Dons, with the duo set to meet this Saturday afternoon at Pittodrie.

It will be the first of two final meetings from the duo as the Scottish domestic season enters its final months.

Caixinha has backed his side to inflict two defeats on the Dons, but centre-back O’Connor has stated the Aberdeen will do their talking on the pitch.

The 24-year-old rival player felt that it was “easy” for Caixinha to make his comments and issued a reality check for the Glasgow club when talking about current league positions.

“It is easy saying that but they would have to come and beat us twice,” O’Connor told the Daily Record. “Him saying stuff like that doesn’t bother us too much because we just go on to the pitch and do our business.

“People are talking about Rangers, every time I watch the news it is people talking about Rangers and Rangers catching Celtic.

“But we are the ones who are in second and people should be talking about us a bit more.”

At this moment in time, Rangers are third in the table on 52 points from their 31 matches, while Aberdeen have recorded 64 points during their campaign.

Derek McIness’ side also have a much better goal difference than their rivals as they could all but seal second spot with a win at the weekend.

Both clubs have already played each other on two occasions this term, with Aberdeen winning the first encounter 2-1 on home soil and the Gers winning by the same scoreline in December.

Celtic have already won the Scottish Premiership title as Brendan Rodgers side are on course to finish the season unbeaten.

In other Rangers news, this youngster has made a shock admission about Pedro Caixinha’s team selection.

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