Gerrard denied debut Scottish Premiership win by late Aberdeen equaliser

Bruce Anderson netted a stoppage-time equaliser for Aberdeen to cancel out James Tavernier's first-half penalty for Rangers.

This was Rangers boss Steven Gerrard's first game as manager in the Scottish Premier League.   -  Getty Images

Steven Gerrard came within seconds of engineering a hugely impressive victory for Rangers at Aberdeen on the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership season.

Former Liverpool hero Gerrard watched as his side was reduced to 10 men after 12 minutes at Pittodrie, striker Alfredo Morelos harshly sent-off for kicking out at Scott McKenna, before the side took the lead 18 minutes later thanks to a James Tavernier penalty.

Rangers wasted numerous chances to increase its advantage and paid for its profligacy when teenager Bruce Anderson fired past Allan McGregor deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for the host.

Gerrard cut a frustrated figure afterwards and insisted his side was a "class above Aberdeen" which looked jaded following its Europa League exploits against Burnley on Thursday.

He told Sky Sports: "We were magnificent, very good with 11 men and even better when we went to 10.

"Aberdeen didn't have any idea against us and for 93 minutes it was perfect. Gutted for the players to concede so late on but we showed we were a class above Aberdeen.

"It's always going to be frustrating because we put so much effort. Everyone was fantastic, tactically when we went to 10 we were very good and very professional.

"Aberdeen only had one idea and it was to lump it into the box, so I'm pleased with my players.

"I'm delighted with the players and I can't go away from here disappointed with any of them. I thought they were tremendous."

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