The Red Army’s 26 year wait for a win at Ibrox is finally over after Aberdeen beat Rangers 2-1 in Glasgow.
Not since September 1991 had the Dons won in Govan – until now as that elusive victory finally came at the 40th attempt.
Goals from Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie secured a victory that also further emphasised Aberdeen’s position as the second force in Scottish football.
Rangers may have been able to splash out £1.8m on striker Joe Garner last summer, but their financial clout was not enough to overtake the Dons.
This victory officially confirmed the Dons as Premiership runners-up for a third successive season.
Derek McInnes’ Reds are now nine points clear with just one league game remaining.
The inability to beat the Old Firm in Glasgow has long been the Dons’ Achilles heel.
McInnes will be desperate to make this the first of an Old Firm winning double in Glasgow this month as they face Celtic in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday May 27.
A clash that always has spice, Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha ramped it up a notch with his comments during the build up this week.
Caixinha admitted he was keen to sign Aberdeen’s out of contract skipper Ryan Jack, who missed the game through injury.
He also claimed Aberdeen’s cycle of success was coming to an end as key players look set to leave Pittodrie in the summer.
That sparked a war of words with McInnes insisting Rangers should be ‘embarrassed’ at the failure to finish above Aberdeen due to their superior budget.
Whether it was an attempt at mind games from Caixinha or not, it backfired.
The Rangers gaffer is clearly not as adept at waging psychological warfare than his fellow Portuguese Jose Mourinho.
If the Dons need any extra motivation to finish above the Ibrox club yet again next season they can nail Caixinha’s comments to the dressing room wall.
Aberdeen made two changes to the side that recently lost 3-1 to Celtic with Ryan Christie coming in for the suspended Jonny Hayes.
Leading goal-scorer Adam Rooney returned with Jayden Stockley dropping to the bench.
Rangers handed debut first team starts to centre-backs David Bates and Aidan Wilson.
It was a brave move from boss Caixinha.
And it backfired as Graeme SHINNIE burst through the defence in the ninth minute.
The stand in skipper powered at goal, shrugged off two challenges and then smacked a left footed drive from the centre of the box beyond keeper Wes Foderingham to the delight of the near 1,000 strong Red Army.
Poor defending nearly gifted Rangers an equaliser in the 19th minute as Kenny Miller picked up a slack clearance.
He broke in on goal and squared a pass to the unmarked Joe Garner who curled wide of Joe Lewis’ left post from 20 yards.
Aberdeen threatened midway through the first half when Anthony O’Connor rose to meet a Niall McGinn corner but headed just wide of goal from eight yards.
Moments later Garner raced onto a Barrie McKay corner but flashed a header wide.
The Dons were denied a second goal in the 39th minute when Rooney headed down to Ash Taylor six yards out.
The centre-back unleashed a powerful drive but keeper Foderingham produced a superb point blank block.
To Caixinha’s credit at every Aberdeen corner he left three up front, that ensured Shinnie, Reynolds and Logan had to stay behind to cover.
Foderingham came to Rangers’ rescue again in the 44th minute with an acrobatic diving save to tip a curling 25 yard McGinn free-kick wide.
Yet again the overworked Foderingham had to batter away an eight yard drive from Rooney in the 47th minute.
As the Dons flooded forward Shinnie shrugged off Bates to fire a 20 yard drive inches over.
Aberdeen deservedly made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when Rooney directed a cross from the left along goal and CHRISTIE nodded home from six yards out.
Andy Considine produced a brilliant tackle in the 57th minute to dispossess substitute Martyn Waghorn who was set to pull the trigger six yards out.
However, WAGHORN netted soon after when he chipped over the advancing Lewis into goal from 12 yards in the 61st minute.
It was the Reds who next threatened when substitute Jayden Stockley nodded down to McGinn who drilled a half volley just over from the edge of the penalty area.
The finale was nervous for the Reds and Lewis dived to block an eight yard effort from Josh Windass in the 89th minute.
Substitute Stockley was sent off in the 90th minute after a second yellow in five minutes.