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Rangers 5 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Rangers 4 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Rangers scorers: Fleming, Fleming, Fleming, Morton, Archibald

24/12/1927 | KO:


Rangers, so to speak, never turned a hair against Aberdeen. They won as they liked. Aberdeen lost two goals inside eight minutes, and they never recovered, which was little wonder, seeing that the Rangers were playing irresistible football in all departments. Buchanan, who was transferred by Morton on Thursday, fitted nicely in to the Rangers' half-back line, his passes being invariably well timed and accurately placed. There was no outstanding weakness about Aberdeen. It was simply a case of being beaten by an all-round superior side. Fleming opened the scoring in seven minutes, and a minute later Morton scored a second. Fleming headed a third goal after 38 minutes, and half a minute from the interval he headed a fourth. The only goal of the second half was scored by Archibald eight minutes after the restart. The attendance was 15,000.

Source: The Scotsman, 26th December 1927

After having enjoyed immunity from defeat in four successive matches, Aberdeen got a fearful drubbing at Ibrox, where Rangers beat them by 5 goals to 0. Fleming, three times, and Morton, scored for Rangers in the first half, and Archibald counted in the course of the second half.
Aberdeen never really settled down. Yorston and Bruce (R.) changed places shortly after the start, and Lawson also came by injury. In the second half, Falloon twisted a knee, and after making a brave effort to continue had to seek the pavilion. Near the close, Morton also retired from the Rangers team. After the first score Aberdeen were never in the game with a winning chance, and although they struggled on bravely, the play, especially in the second half, was often farcical. Rangers were so pronouncedly superior that once they had the issue safe in their keeping they obviously restrained their efforts at net-finding, for it was patent to the uninitiated that they could have won a much bigger score had they so desired.
Aberdeen were outplayed by a team whose football at times touched great heights of brilliance, the combination between the Ibrox half-backs and forwards being marked by amazing cleverness and great accuracy of passing.
Blackwell was quite blameless for the heavy defeat, and brought off several smart saves. Jackson and Bruce at back were overworked, and in a half-back line that could not cope with a brilliant Ibrox attack, only Black showed ability, forward, Falloon and Bruce took the eye with occasional raids, but the Aberdeen attackers were obviously at too big a disadvantage in height and weight.

Source: Press & Journal, 26th December 1927

Rangers Teamsheet
Hamilton (T.); Gray, Hamilton (R.); Buchanan, Meiklejohn, Muirhead; Archibald, Cunningham, Fleming, McPhail, Morton
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: A. B. Williamson, Glasgow