A SUPERBLY-WORKED and well-executed goal from Ryan Kent gave Rangers a 1-0 win in their Premiership opener against Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon.

The 21st-minute strike started with keeper Allan McGregor rolling a pass to James Tavernier deep in the visiting side’s half.

The right-back slung a pass downfield and Ianus Hagi got a touch onto Alfredo Morleos who released a pass into the path of the rampaging Kent.

The Dons defence was caught napping with Ash Taylor and Scott McKenna vainly appealing for offside.  Referee Bobby Madden ignored their pleas and the £7million winger carried on to tuck a left-foot effort beyond the helpless Joe Lewis.

It was a dreadful day all round for the Dons who ended with 10 men when Andy Conisdine was banished for a challenge on Scott Arfield. The match official didn’t hesitate as he flashed a straight red card at the defender.

WINNING…Ryan Kent strikes his shot behind Dons keeper Joe Lewis.

GRINNING…Ryan Kent is all smiles after the points-clincher.

Derek McInnes certainly missed the goal threat of injured double-act Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main as both his star strikers watched the action from the stand.

The nearest the home side came to disturbing McGregor was in the second-half when the Ibrox No.1 completely fluffed a left-wing corner-kick.

McKenna failed to attack the ball in the air and then saw his scrambled effort cleared off the line.

Matchwinner Kent, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “It’s a great start for the team. We were under the same circumstances last season, where we went in with the lead and we came out in the second-half and we were poor.

“So everybody understood what we needed to do. We delivered in the end. Everybody put a solid performance in, in and out of possession.”

Asked about the lack of atmosphere, Kent added: “It’s different, we want fans in the stadium. Especially the Rangers fans – they’re the 12th man in this team. But we have to do our duty.”


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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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