Rangers moved level on points with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic after beating Aberdeen 2-1 at Ibrox as Neil Warnock suffered defeat in his first game in charge of the Dons.
Philippe Clement’s side, who knew a win by at least three goals would take them to the top of the table at the expense of Celtic, made the perfect start as Rabbi Matondi struck to give them the lead in the seventh minute.
Rangers dominated the majority of the first half but a second goal was not forthcoming, and they were punished right on the stroke of half-time as Bojan Miovski scored his eighth league goal in nine matches to bring Warnock’s side level.
Aberdeen continued to frustrate after the break but the Rangers pressure eventually told as Todd Cantwell continued his good scoring run to put his side back into the lead.
There was late drama as substitute Dujon Sterling saw red for a late challenge on Jack MacKenzie, despite referee Don Robertson being sent for a pitchside review, but Rangers survived eight minutes of stoppage time to hold on for what could prove to be a valuable three points in the title race.
The result piles the pressure on Celtic, who have the chance to restore their three-point advantage at the top when they travel to Easter Road to face Hibernian on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 8pm).
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The attention now turns to the Scottish Cup fifth round on Saturday.
Aberdeen are at home to League Two side Bonnyrigg Rose at 3pm, with Rangers up against Scott Brown’s Ayr United at 5.30pm.