ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes PRAISED red card villian Alfredo Morelos after Rangers’ 4-2 win at Pittodrie last night.
The temperamental Colombian striker scored two superb goals in the first-half before being banished after the turnaround following an ugly bust-up with Scott McKenna.
Referee Bobby Madden also dismissed the Dons defender for his part in the fracas.
A win would have put McInnes’ men a point above Steven Gerrard’s side in the pursuit of champions Celtic, but they were undone by a double-salvo from Morelos, a penalty-kick – Rangers’ FIFTH in two games – from James Tavernier and a last-winner sucker-punch from substitute Jermain Defoe.
Sam Cosgrove netted twice for the home side – one from the spot – but it wasn’t enough to turn things around.
McInnes said: “The last goal I’m not too disappointed with – we got caught with too many bodies up top. It was a game that had everything. I’m disappointed we lost as there wasn’t a lot in the game.
“Morelos was the difference in the first-half. He was a menace and his second finish was top class.
“Sometimes you have to applaud the play. I think we were unfortunate with the penalty – McKenna was appealing for offside. There’s no real complaints, but it’s really unlucky that it’s hit his arm.
“The response to going behind was good. Rangers’ movement at the top end of the pitch was very good.”