Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Ross McCrorie’s equaliser retains Rangers within the hunt for second within the Scottish Premiership, though hosts Aberdeen keep some extent forward with one sport left.
Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis had already blocked nicely from Alfredo Morelos earlier than the striker conceded a penalty for a problem on Kenny McLean.
McLean dispatched the disputed spot-kick and struck the crossbar because the Dons dominated the remainder of the half.
Rangers recovered after the break and McCrorie headed the important reply.
It ended the Dons’ run of three consecutive clear sheets and the Ibrox aspect’s three-game successful run towards their hosts.
However, regardless of Rangers caretaker supervisor Jimmy Nicholl having stated earlier than kick-off that it was a “must-win” for his aspect, it ensures that they, together with Aberdeen and Hibernian, will all go into Sunday’s climax with an opportunity of ending second behind Celtic.
The champions host Aberdeen whereas Rangers head to Easter Highway for what might be a winner-takes-all showdown with a Hibs aspect who might draw stage with their guests ought to they win the Edinburgh derby away to Hearts on Wednesday.
Aberdeen had struggled massively towards Rangers this season, however the incentive was apparent going into this sport.
Revenge apart, they knew three factors would guarantee European soccer and permit them to take one other enormous step in the direction of securing second place. It was fairly merely huge.
Rangers at all times arrive within the north east with a swagger and an necessary weekend win over Kilmarnock allowed them to method this with a well-recognized confidence.
They had been slick with their passing, filled with attacking intent and harmful going ahead. Aberdeen regarded rocked again on their heels.
Morelos got here shut after good construct up play by Graham Dorrans. The Colombian gathered and swivelled six yards out, however Lewis reached low to dam the scuffed shot.
It had the visiting followers on their toes as they sensed a purpose was coming. It was, nevertheless it got here on the different finish.
On a uncommon foray ahead, McLean was caught late contained in the field by Morelos and referee Steven McLean pointed to the spot immediately.
The midfielder, who will prove for Norwich Metropolis subsequent season, took it himself and smashed it residence, exhibiting actual composure on his final match at Pittodrie.
Pittodrie erupted in a sea of purple and the house aspect responded. There was extra struggle and perception as they began to dominate possession in a means that regarded unlikely earlier within the match.
Because the Dons pushed, Rangers began to lose their form and their self-discipline as late problem after late problem was met with a flash of yellow card.
McLean virtually made it two, however solely the crossbar denied him after a fizzing shot from all of 30 yards.
The guests began creeping again into the match after the break and Morelos ought to have scored from 5 yards, however his header from a James Tavernier cross was straight at Lewis.
It ought to have served as a warning to the house aspect, however they didn’t heed it and the paid the worth when Rangers discovered the equaliser.
After some decided midfield play, Morelos shot was diverted excessive into the air by the top of Scott McKenna and McCrorie out-jumped the disorientated defender to move previous a stranded Lewis.
A share of the factors was truthful on the finish to arrange a mouth watering final-day spherical of fixtures.