ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes is ready to lead his team to a recovery win over Rangers at Ibrox tomorrow.
The Dons need to get back on track quickly after Sunday’s 3-0 walloping from Celtic in the Betfred League Cup Final.
McInnes realises the importance of his club’s first win in Govan in 25 years, but admitted he reckoned Mark Warburton’s side are favourites to clinch second place in the Premiership behind Celtic.
Rangers slipped out of second after a 2-0 defeat to Hearts in midweek, they have already lost to the Hoops and the Dons this season, but McInnes feels their spending potential gives them an advantage.
He said: “I still think Rangers, just by the sheer nature of what they can do in January, will be favourites to finish second.
“But we certainly feel second spot is something we can aim for and if we win our games in hand we would go second. Any time you beat teams round and about you it helps because you are inflicting damage on them.”
It will be the Pittodrie side’s first visit to Ibrox since a 1-1 draw in January 2012 when Maurice Edu and Kari Arnason were on the scoresheet.
The atmosphere is sure to reflect the animosity between both sets of supporters, which has not diminished and McInnes will tell his players to expect a hostile reception.
He added: “I think it’s something we have to mention. The game up here was much anticipated, certainly from our supporters, a full house.
“But it passed without real incident. The talking point was James Maddison’s magnificent free-kick. Hopefully, we are talking about the football at the end of it and another three points for Aberdeen.
“That’s what we are aiming to do.”