Rangers win but at a cost

Rangers’ 2-1 victory at Aberdeen on Saturday lunchtime has been slightly marred by the potentially serious injury to Gers midfielder Steven Naismith.

Ally McCoist’s men maintained their 100% away league record as second half goals from Kyle Lafferty and Nikica Jelavic earned them all three points at Pittordrie.

The Rangers forward seemed to twist his knee on the half way line under no pressure and was carried off on a stretcher after a lengthy delay. His replacement scored the opening goal as Rangers set up victory. Lafferty dedicated his goal to his team mate.

“We don’t know how bad it is, but if it comes to the worst and he’s out for a while the celebration was for him,” Lafferty said of his team-mate.

Nikica Jelavic wrapped up the win with a penalty on 70 minutes but they endured a nervy last ten minutes after Richard Foster pulled one back for the home side. Their hopes of nicking a draw were extinguished when Rory Fallon was harshly sent off in the last few minutes for an elbow on Dorin Goian.

As for the game itself, Lafferty added on ESPN: “It was good, especially walking away from a tough place with three points. The lads dug deep, it was a battle and we came out winners. Once we got the first goal it settled our nerves and the penalty was good to go 2-0 up.”

Rangers manager Ally McCoist admitted the gloss had been taken off the win by Naismith’s injury.

“It’s been a good day apart from that,” McCoist told ESPN. “I’m really really disappointed for the lad himself because he’s such an important part of our squad and he’s a great boy.

“He fears it’s similar to what he’s had before (a knee injury). We don’t know yet and will wait for the scans but it has certainly taken the shine off a great result.”

Speaking about Lafferty’s contribution, McCoist added: “We had a wee pop at him at half-time because we felt his ball retention could be better but he took his goal really well.

“He’s still learning but we’re delighted with him, his second-half performance was terrific.”


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