Scott McKenna strikes early as Aberdeen tame Rangers

Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-0 in their last Scottish League Cup final meeting in November 2016

The Dons, who have stayed in the Central Belt since Sunday's defeat by Celtic to prepare for the match, can cut the gap on leaders Rangers to six points with a game in hand with victory this evening.

Aberdeen's Sam Cosgrove was sent packing for a second yellow in the first half, but any advantage evaporated after the break when Alfredo Morelos was also shown a second yellow.

Steven Gerrard last night blasted his Rangers players for failing to heed his warnings to cut out the red cards.

Gerrard said: "I'm very disappointed in our performance".

"Tonight was a really good opportunity and a hard test for us - but one that I had confidence that we could pass".

'The performance as a group wasn't good enough to beat Aberdeen, even at 11 versus ten the performance wasn't good enough.

"In the semi-final, we played well but lacked a bit of quality in the final third".

"I keep repeating myself before and after every single game about the importance of playing with control and discipline".

Gary Mackay-Steven will miss tonight's match after suffering concussion following a collision with Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata at Hampden but Docherty believes 19-year-old winger Connor McLennan can prove an able deputy for the Scotland global. "The second one he deserves". 'There's only so much I can do.

"I think we deserved it and put pressure on them towards the end".

'They are making their task a lot more hard. They are putting more stress on each other, on their bodies.

Socceroos striker Martin Boyle played a full game for Hibs while Jamie McLaren and Mark Milligan were both second half substitutes.

"Jela" also reflects on the success he enjoyed during his time in Scotland and chats about his friendship with current Croatia and Rangers star Borna Barisic, his best goal for the club - which happened to be a sensational finish against Aberdeen - and the forthcoming Europa League match against Rapid Vienna, the club he joined Rangers from for a fee of £4 million.

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