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.

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

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.

“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.

That ignores the fact Gerrard bridged another significant eight-year gap for Rangers this season, leading them through four qualifying rounds of the Europa League and into the group stage of a European tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.

“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.

For Rangers chairman Dave King, who personally led the recruitment of Gerrard on a four-year contract last summer, that achievement was every bit as crucial to the clubs ongoing recovery from its financial crash of 2012 as winning a cup would be.

“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.”

Jermain Defoe insists Rangers fans should be excited for the future under boss Steven Gerrard

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.

RANGERS are now out of the Scottish Cup, and any chance of stopping Celtic secure their eight league title in a row is looking unlikely. There is still the small matter of sewing up second place, but any real chance of silverware for Steven Gerrard this season has surely gone.

“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.

Neil CameronMy biggest surprise about Steven Gerrard finishing the season without a trophy is why so many are surprised.

“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.”

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

Defoe moved north of the border from Bournemouth during the January transfer window to add strength and depth to Gerrard’s ranks ahead of a crack at the Premiership title and Scottish Cup.

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

The Light Blues saw their last remaining realistic chance of silverware this season slip through their grasps as they went down 2-0 to Derek McInnes’ side at Ibrox.

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

JERMAIN DEFOE insists Rangers fans should be excited for the future under Steven Gerrard despite their Scottish Cup exit to Aberdeen on Tuesday night.

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

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

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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