Aberdeen v Rangers preview: Second place battle goes to wire
Last Updated: 08/05/18 11:53am
Aberdeen host Rangers in a clash for second place in the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.
With two games of the season left to play, the Dons are second, a point ahead of Rangers, who have a plus-eight goal difference advantage.
Hibernian are just two points behind Rangers in fourth, a spot that could miss out on the Europa League if Motherwell win the Scottish Cup.
While Rangers have the appointment of Steven Gerrard to look forward to in the summer, midfielder Graham Dorrans says the immediate focus is securing second place.
"It's great the new manager has been announced but at the minute, we've got a job to concentrate on," he said. "We've got two massive games left we need to win to make sure we get into the Europa League.
"Listen, second place for this club isn't really good enough.But the situation we're in at the minute means it's important we try and get it. It's important we try to get into Europe and give ourselves a platform for next season.
"We need to give ourselves that bit of momentum to take into the next season."
Rangers bounced back from their 5-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic with a 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock at the weekend. Aberdeen were held to a goalless draw by Hibs, having won their previous two matches.
Aberdeen have lost five of their last six top-flight games against Rangers and each of the previous three.
Derek McInnes' side finish the season at Celtic on Sunday while Rangers are at Hibernian.
Aberdeen winger Gary Mackay-Steven will miss out after sustaining a knock and Niall McGinn is a fitness doubt.
Midfielders Kenny McLean and Chidi Nwakali are back in the squad while January signing Michael Devlin is still working his way back from a long-term injury.
Rangers are hoping Jason Cummings has shaken off a bug that saw him substituted at half-time during Saturday's win over Kilmarnock.
Ibrox caretaker boss Jimmy Nicholl will also be keeping his fingers crossed Josh Windass has recovered from the knock which ruled him out of the clash with Steve Clarke's men. Wes Foderingham (shoulder), Declan John (broken hand) and Ryan Jack (knee) remain out, while skipper Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller are still unavailable due to a club suspension.
Rangers have won five of their last six trips to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership (L1), scoring twice as many goals as the Dons during this period (Rangers 12, Aberdeen six).
Aberdeen have kept three consecutive clean sheets (W2 D1), last going on a longer run in April 2017 (run of four).
Rangers have conceded seven goals in their last two away games, conceding five against Celtic and two against Motherwell (D1 L1), having won four on the bounce on the road prior to this run, conceding just five goals.
Daniel Candeias has been directly involved in three of Ranger's last four league goals (two goals, one assist).