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Michael Beale brought his side to Pittodrie looking to secure a win and maintain positive momentum heading into next week’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final. Barry Robson meanwhile, was well aware of the need for a victory to continue the Dons’ charge for third place following Hearts dominant six goal display 24 hours earlier.

Rangers almost had the lead after eleven minutes when Alfredo Morelos juggled the ball in the box before directing a volley goalward. The Colombian was denied however by the quick thinking of Leighton Clarkson who positioned himself on the line to head away to safety.

Fashion Sakala then passed up a golden opportunity moments later when he found himself one on one with Kelle Roos only for the Zambian to fire his shot straight at the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Rangers continued to press as the half wore on, with Borna Barisic hitting the post with a rifled effort from the left hand side. Soon after Nicolas Raskin had his close range attempt blocked thanks to a sliding challenge from Matty Pollock, giving the home crowd something to shout about.

Aberdeen did have a chance of their own with five minutes left of the half when Ylber Ramadani tested Allan McGregor from range. It was to come to nothing however, as the half came to a close with the sides level.