The Chalkboard: Rangers’ dominance over Aberdeen provides big boost for next season

Rangers finally asserted their dominance over Aberdeen on Sunday, and it will provide a huge boost for the squad going into next season.

Even though Sunday’s 2-0 win at Ibrox keeps the title dream alive for another week, every Ger knows it is only a matter of time before Celtic wrap up yet another league title.

Of course, Steven Gerrard would not have expected to win everything in his first season, and the Gers are still rebuilding.

One thing that has plagued them all season is Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen side, who had won three and drawn two of the previous six encounters between the two this season.

The Dons have been the bane of Gerrard’s existence this term, but not anymore.

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On the chalkboard

Rangers didn’t just beat Aberdeen on Sunday; they battered them.

Gerrard’s side were first to every ball, won everything in the air, played quicker with the ball and worked harder off it. Quite simply, the Dons were no match for a Gers side in full flight.

James Tavernier scored both goals from the spot courtesy of two fouls on Nikola Katic, but with 66% of the possession, 16 shots to four and seven corners to one (BBC), the hosts could have scored four or five on another day.

Gerrard and his side already know they can beat Celtic, and it’s been Aberdeen that have really given them the most hassle head-to-head this season.

That said, to end the campaign with an utterly dominant showing against McInnes’ side should provide an immense confidence boost going into next season, perhaps leading the players to believe they truly can go all the way this time.