Aberdeen only halfway there – Tony Docherty on Scottish Cup run – BBC Sport

Aberdeen only halfway there - Tony Docherty on Scottish Cup run - BBC Sport

Alleged sectarian abuse aimed at Steven Gerrard to be probed by police

Aberdeen need to maintain their “composure” if they are to be successful in this seasons Scottish Cup, says assistant boss Tony Docherty.

The Dons beat Rangers 2-0 at Ibrox in Tuesdays quarter-final replay three days after drawing 0-0 with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

The Colombian striker went down in the box as he challenged for the ball with Dons defender Andrew Considine – but match referee Kevin Clancy felt he had dived, and cautioned him.

“Were only halfway there, weve got a big game coming up now,” Docherty told BBC Radio Scotlands Sportsound.

“We need to keep that type of mentality, that resilience, that strength of character going down there to try and win at these places because thats the only way youre successful.

A Scottish FA judicial panel will hear the case on Friday before making a decision on whether the striker was guilty of going down too easily.

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“Were confident in possession and were confident out of possession and I think you need to have that because you know going to Celtic Park and Ibrox theyre going to get a lot of the ball so you need to keep your composure.

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“You need to have a structure about the way you play, a game plan and be clinical when you get opportunities as well. I feel weve got that and we certainly displayed that in that last two performances.”

But while the former Liverpool and England captain will ultimately be judged on whether he can restore Rangers to the winners enclosure in Scottish football, he has earned the right to avoid snap assessments of his longer term suitability for the Ibrox job.

Defender Scott McKenna has helped Aberdeen keep their two clean sheets in Glasgow this month and has been named in Alex McLeishs Scotland squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino.

“He loves defending. Hes a difficult opponent because he just wants to keep that ball out his net and keep it out his six-yard box. His attitude every day to training is fantastic and boys like that get their rewards.

“I thought we had a very, very strong performance on Saturday against Celtic, particularly in the second half when we carried a real goal threat as well as being good defensively.”

Since the Ibrox club first established themselves as a trophy-winning powerhouse, the eight years from their 1903 Scottish Cup triumph to lifting the league crown in 1911 has been their most barren run in pursuit of silverware.

Police are investigating claims of sectarian chanting towards Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during his teams 2-0 defeat by Aberdeen on Tuesday.

The Colombian forward was cautioned after a clash in the box with Dons defender Andrew Considine. However, replays appear to show contact between the two players and the Gers will attempt to overturn the booking, which rules the 22-year-old out of the clubs next Scottish Cup tie. (The Sun)

The alleged abuse occurred during the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Ibrox as Rangers crashed out of the competition.

It is believed Rodgers had a £6 million buy-out clause in his contract which would have been lower in the summer. Leicester also recruited assistant boss Chris Davies, first-team coach Kolo Toure, and head of performance Glenn Driscoll.

When asked about the alleged incident, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police are aware of this matter and inquiries are ongoing.”

Director of sports journalism at St Marys University Dr Daragh Minogue defines sectarianism and explains its impact on football in Scotland.

Jermain Defoe has urged dismayed Rangers supporters to keep faith with Steven Gerrard despite his first season in charge of Rangers now appearing all but certain to end without silverware.

Last week, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned clubs that sectarian behaviour from fans could force the Scottish Government to intervene.

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Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke and club captain Kris Boyd were allegedly targeted with sectarian abuse in separate incidents in February.

Earlier this season, Neil Lennon threatened to leave his role as Hibernian head coach because of continual sectarian abuse before moving to Celtic while Hearts boss Craig Levein labelled it a “society problem” in Scotland.

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