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PREMIERSHIP REWIND: OJO: ‘WE COULD HAVE SCORED MORE’, McINNES: ‘BAD TIME FOR US TO PLAY THEM’

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SHEYI OJO insists he is playing for the BEST team in Scotland after Rangers’ 5-0 hammering of Aberdeen at Ibrox at the weekend.

Eight-in-a-row champions Celtic won 2-0 in Govan at the start of the month, but the on-loan Liverpool won’t change his opinion that Steven Gerrard’s men are on track for “a really successful season”.

Gers made it five wins in succession as they pulverised dismal Dons with two penalty-kicks from skipper James Tavernier and singles from ex-Pittodrie loan star Gregg Stewart, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.

Gerrard’s side have kept 12 clean sheets in 18 games as they move to within a point of Neil Lennon’s side who were held to a 1-1 draw by Hibs earlier in the day.

Ojo, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I stand by what I said and I think Rangers are on a good run of form. We are doing really well so far this season and we are looking hungry.

“Of course, we have to give Celtic respect, but, from my own opinion, I believe we can have a really successful season.

“We weren’t really thinking about Celtic and the Hibs game before kick-off at Aberdeen, we just focused on ourselves and got the job done.

“We don’t really worry about the other teams around us. We have just got to keep doing what we are doing and keep getting the results and, hopefully, we can have a successful season.”

Asked if the Ibrox side were improving, the 21-year-old forward replied: “Definitely. We won 5-0 on Saturday, but, if we are being really harsh, we could have scored more.

“We feel in every game we could always score more and do more, but we have just got to keep working hard.”

DEREK McINNES was without eight first-team regulars as he suffered the heaviest defeat in his Dons managerial career and, speaking to the Scottish Sun, he admitted: “It was a good time for Rangers to play us – and a bad time for us to play them.

“Rangers were very good, but they were allowed to be better than I’d have liked.

“From when we lost the first goal, you saw the gulf in quality and experience at times. When you play against a team like Rangers, who are all-singing and all-dancing, I need my better players.

“We have a lot of injuries and Andy Considine went down with gastroenteritis at the hotel on Saturday morning.

“For us, it’s important that we feel we can compete in a 90 minutes and I still feel we can. Aberdeen, with our experienced, battle-hardened players, can still win these games.

“There is no question of that – but we looked miles away from that.”

A stunned Pittodrie gaffer added: “There was a lethargy about our performance after the extra-time against Hearts the other night.

“But we were also too passive at times and I’d expect more. We did have a very young midfield out there and we lacked a bit personality in the team.

“You learn a lot about your team in games like that I thought we looked very young.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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