Rangers jumped 11 points ahead of Celtic atop the Scottish Premiership as they contested for victory over Aberdeen

A deflected long-range strike from Ryan Kent put Steven Gerrard’s team in front and Kemar Roofe doubled that advantage

Scott Arfield’s shot was taken against Shay Logan and James Tavernier secured the hosts’ fourth place at the penalty spot

The win, the 13th of 15 Rangers league games, marked Ibrox’s best start to the season in 53 years

Sam Cosgrove, Ryan Hedges and Matty Kennedy threatened Aberdeen but couldn’t prevent an 18th win and 17th clean sheet in all competitions this quarter for Rangers

Celtic, who drew Hibernian on Saturday, are two games short of Rangers and four points ahead of Aberdeen

Kent stayed on to receive Tavernier’s pass and had only Joe Lewis to beat, but the Aberdeen keeper made a great save in an early attack

Lewis also choked at Joe Aribo’s feet, but the keeper was left helpless as Kent’s 35-yard effort clinched Tommie Hoban and came off the post

The visitors, without an overabundance of players due to injuries and Covid-19 issues, had spent the first quarter of the game largely in their own half

But a break from Hedges drew the Rangers in and allowed the winger to free Cosgrove, whose shot was hit by Allan McGregor The Rangers keeper also prevented an effort from Hedges after another early lead from the Wales cap

Aberdeen quickly fell to two points as Roofe took a great touch to control Connor Goldson’s chip and shoot Lewis’s desperate save

The Pittodrie weren’t discouraged and Cosgrove and Hedges teamed up to get the latter to drop a shot that Goldson blocked and Matty Kennedy tested McGregor with a well-hitting free kick

But any optimism Aberdeen picked up in the second half quickly evaporated as Kent prepared Arfield and the left-footed shot from the Canadian midfielder sent Logan on Lewis’s wrong foot.

Andy Considine was then penalized for grabbing Leon Balogun to the ground and captain Tavernier has scored for the 13th time this season

Dean Campbell was sent for Aberdeen and nearly scored an own goal in a corner, with Lewis coming to the rescue with the save

Rangers’ record this season made them pre-game favorites, especially in light of Aberdeen’s selection problems, but Aberdeen had more reason than most to come to Glasgow with optimism

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Derek McInnes’ side had drawn Ibrox in February and won two of their last five trips to the stadium and in the future, at least, they created problems thanks to Cosgrove and Hedges

Defensively, however, they struggled to cope with the variation in Rangers’ short and long passes. However, they may consider themselves unhappy with the deflections for two of the lost goals

For Rangers, stats continue to impress Sixteen goals accumulated in November to date and their unblemished home defensive record in the league extends to game eight

Steven Gerrard, Rangers manager: “We played some amazing stuff again Part of our movement in the last third was exceptional We show that relentlessness and we really perform when we get to the right places

“We were strong from start to finish and I managed to make five changes and deal with people who have traveled a lot. Personally, I am extremely happy”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “We came into the game with a lot of key players missing and Scott Wright added to the issues with a groin issue It was a team we felt we should pick instead than a team that we necessarily wanted to choose

“I didn’t feel like I had the breaks, my players worked extremely hard despite the obvious difficulties There was a lot of effort from many players who didn’t play much of matches lately “

Rangers resume their Europa League campaign on Thursday at home against Benfica (20:00 GMT), who are tied on points with Ibrox’s side at the top of Group D, before facing Falkirk next Sunday in the Coupe de Scottish League (5:00 p.m.) Aberdeen visits St Mirren in Saturday’s final cup match (5:15 p.m.)

Attempt blocked Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked Assisted by Scott Arfield

Attempt blocked Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked Assisted by Ianis Hagi

Unsuccessful attempt Cedric Itten (Rangers) with a header from the center of the box is close, but misses the right Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross

Unsuccessful attempt Ianis Hagi (Rangers) left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left Assisted by Glen Kamara

Attempt blocked Ianis Hagi (Rangers) with right foot shot from outside the box is blocked Assisted by Jermain Defoe

Attempt saved Curtis Main (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the lower right corner

Unsuccessful attempt Cedric Itten (Rangers) with right foot shot from the center of the box misses to the right Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross following a corner

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