Top-flight boss takes aim at Rangers after proving doubters wrong
By Harvey Byrne
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has taken aim at Scottish giants Rangers after proving to people that his side could still place within the top two of the Premiership with the Ibrox club in the league.
The Dons are currently occupying second place in Scotland’s top-flight and sit a clear nine points above the Gers with three matches to go.
It is the third consecutive season that Aberdeen will have claimed second spot in the Scottish top-flight and manager McInnes has explained that people were doubting their achievements due to Rangers not being in the Premiership.
But, with the Gers back in the league and the Dons all but guaranteed a top two spot McInnes has recalled that Rangers were “rolling out” players thinking a second spot was there’s, while Aberdeen have kept quiet and look to have earned a top two spot.
“A lot of people questioned us. When we got to 70-odd points in the last couple of seasons, people were saying it was because Rangers were not in the league,” told McInnes, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“A lot of people thought we’d get pushed aside this season and we wouldn’t be able to get to the same levels.
“Every other week people were saying Rangers would finish second and we would get pushed aside.
“A different Rangers player was getting rolled out and saying something similar. We kept quiet and did our work.
“Reaching 70 points for the third season in a row and hopefully taking a huge step to getting second spot shows how much good work we are doing at Aberdeen.
“We are not celebrating yet. But there’s no doubt it’s a huge step towards second place.
“You could see the reaction from the fans, players and staff, that’s how much we wanted those three points.
“I think we all know the significance of getting the win against Hearts.
“As a club we should give ourselves a minute to reflect on what has been a fantastic season, but it will hopefully get better in the next two or three weeks.”
Many consider Rangers to have had a poor first season back in the Premiership after suffering demotion in 2012.
Manager Mark Warburton departed the club in February, while fierce rivals Celtic sit a clear 36 points above the Ibrox team.
Now, the Glasgow club will be hoping for a more successful summer under March appointment Pedro Caixinha as they look to close that gap with Celtic.
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