Monday 22 January 2018

McGregor puzzled by Pittodrie record

Allan McGregor wants Rangers to put Pittodrie pain behind them by winning at Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Sunday.

The Ibrox side have not won away to Aberdeen in almost four years and that is a statistic the champions, and McGregor in particular, will be hoping to change.

Libor Sionko and Nacho Novo were the goalscorers when Rangers ran out eventual winners back in December 2006.

And goalkeeper McGregor - who was part of that team - believes it is time Walter Smith's men improved their record in the Granite City.

He said: "I'm not quite sure why it's such a difficult place to go to.

"When teams outside the Old Firm go to Pittodrie the crowds are not as big and the atmosphere is not as intense, so perhaps the players find it more difficult to get up for those games.

"We haven't won up there for a long time. Hopefully we can this weekend."

McGregor believes a combination of the pressure being off the Dons players and their desire to raise their game against the Old Firm has played a part in Rangers' unconvincing form at the venue.

"When Rangers and Celtic go up there it's maybe easier for them as they aren't expected to get anything from the game and try a little bit harder when the adrenaline is pumping," he told Rangers News.

He added: "I think that's the case with most teams in the SPL. Playing the Old Firm is like a cup final and they haven't got anything to lose as such.

"That's the way I see it anyway, but it's true that we have never had it easy at Pittodrie and I'm sure it will be another battle this weekend."

Aberdeen look likely to be without several players for Sunday's clash as Paul Hartley (hamstring), Andrew Considine (hip), Sone Aluko (Achilles), Peter Pawlett (toe) and Fraser Fyvie (knee) all miss out through injury.

Rangers striker Andrius Velicka, on loan with Dons, and Aberdeen left-back Richard Foster, on loan with the champions, both miss the game because of contract clauses preventing them facing their parent club.

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