Aberdeen were today tipped to beat Rangers in the race for runners-up spot in the Premiership.
Undefeated domestically, runaway league leaders Celtic appear destined to retain the Premiership title.
That has left Aberdeen, Rangers and Hearts scrapping it out to finish runners-up to the in-form Hoops.
Aberdeen’s trip to face Rangers at Ibrox tomorrow is likely to be pivotal to that scrap.
Aberdeen have already drawn first blood having beaten Rangers 2-1 at Pittodrie in September courtesy of a stunning late free-kick winner from on-loan player James Maddison.
Former Aberdeen midfielder Steve Tosh today backed the Reds to triumph in the season-long battle and finish runners-up for a third successive season.
Tosh, 43, said: “Aberdeen can definitely beat Rangers to second in the Premiership.
“If the two teams were to play 10 times, Aberdeen would win more of the games.
“Aberdeen are stronger and are used to playing in the Premiership and the style of football at that level.
“Don’t get me wrong, Rangers will be looking to sign players to change that situation in the next season or so, to gain that experience.
“But at this time Aberdeen are still the stronger team.”
During the summer Rangers boss Mark Warburton made high-profile signings to prepare for the Premiership.
Rangers were promoted to the top flight as Championship winners and secured striker Joe Garner from Preston for £1.5m.
The 28-year-old has scored just three goals this season.
Warburton’s biggest summer acquisitions have been disastrous, for different reasons. Former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton was signed from Burnley on a two-year deal.
However, his contract was terminated last month.
Barton had not played since early September when he was banned for breaching club discipline following a training ground bust up with Warburton and team-mate Andy Halliday in the wake of the 5-1 league loss to Celtic.
Barton played just eight games for Ranger.
The former England international also admitted breaching the SFA’s zero-tolerance rules, which forbid players gambling on any match.
Last month the 34-year-old attended a hearing at Hampden and admitted to the charge of placing 44 bets between July 1 and September 15. He was hit with a one-game suspension, after exiting Ibrox.