A win would set his side up for a packed fixture list which, this season, doesn’t see the respite of the winter break, expect to see plenty of the rotation that has served us well so far.
The Dons manager, who famously turned down the chance to sit in the opposite dug-out, has claimed that his side has shown enough to suggest that they could cause Rangers problems and put the first result down to their inactivity before the season kicked off, as reported by The Daily Record:
“Looking back on the first day of the season, we didn’t do anything in possession bar the last fifteen minutes.
“We looked like a team who were undercooked that day, we didn’t look ready and were like a team who hadn’t played for a long time.
“Rangers were better than us on the day so it wasn’t a good start to the campaign, especially given what happened in the days afterwards.
“But we have come back, we have started well and there is enough evidence there to think we can have a good campaign.
“But it is only a start, I keep stressing that because it’s still early in the campaign.”
The history books will show that it was just a 1-0 win and that it may have been a tight, nervy affair, but the reality is that Aberdeen had just four shots in the whole game and none on target, a sign of things to come for the Gers defence.
Several chances were spurned by Gerrard’s men and to have nearly 60% possession away from home against a “decent” side shows just how dominant they were.
Rangers squad is almost fully fit and the gaffer will have benefitted from having a large percentage of his squad to work with at Auchenhowie during the international break and most of them will be expected to start – a repeat of match-day one, although tighter than we would want, would still be gladly accepted by those of a Light Blue persuasion.