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Steven Gerrard delighted as Rangers overcome tough start to the season with victory at Aberdeen



steven gerrard delighted as rangers overcome tough start to the season with victory at aberdeen

Steven Gerrard hailed Rangers for dealing with the pre-season pressure as they kicked off the new Scottish Premiership campaign with victory at Aberdeen.

The Ibrox side know they can afford few slip-ups this term as they look to deny bitter rivals Celtic a record breaking 10th straight league crown.

But the Light Blues held their nerve at Pittodrie to get off to a winning start.

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Ryan Kent capitalised on Rangers’ first-half dominance as he streaked away 21 minutes in to score the only goal.

It was a more cagey affair after the break but Rangers refused to blink and ground out victory against a Dons side reduced to 10 late on when Andy Considine was dismissed for a crude lunge on Scott Arfield.

A delighted Gerrard, whose side now turn their attention to Thursday’s Europa League return clash with Bayer Leverkusen, said: ‘It’s a marker for us because all eyes were on us today in the first game.

‘When the fixtures came out, everyone was saying, “Oh, it’s Aberdeen away, will they drop points?””

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‘There were questions on us today so we’ll go away pleased at picking up three points and getting a clean sheet.

‘But no one will get carried away.

‘Aberdeen ran us all the way to the end and we’ll dust ourselves down for Europe. But we have to build on this now.’

Alfredo Morelos was trusted to start despite the Colombian’s rumoured interest in a move to Lille.

But he played a big part in Rangers’ win as he slotted through Kent for the winner.

However, with his only other striker Jermain Defoe still out injured, Gerrard knows his side need reinforcements quickly – even if Morelos stays.

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The Ibrox boss, who ruled out a move for Young Boys star Jean-Pierre Nsame, added: ‘I thought in the main Alfredo did a good job for us. He dropped in, overloaded the midfield area for us and listened to instructions.

‘But we want him fitter and sharper. He had a couple of chances that, with more game time, he might have got on the end of and killed the game off for us.

‘But it’s important Alfredo stays focused on Rangers and playing well. The Rangers fans deserve that focus – whatever happens will happen.

‘We’re close on a couple of things that are brewing away but Nsame isn’t a name we should be linked with.

‘There are many other names out there but I can’t control that.

‘We can’t go much longer with just one fit forward. I want one in yesterday.

‘I’ve got massive hopes for Ryan Kent. He has to get more numbers in his game with assists and goals.

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‘But he was outstanding today, he looked really dangerous and put a shift in for the team.’

Dons boss Derek McInnes was left frustrated with the defeat but absolved his defence of blame for allowing Kent to race through to score – insisting the fault lay further forward.

He explained: ‘People will look at my centre-backs but I don’t blame them at all.

‘The press has to come further up the pitch, when James Tavernier gets the ball he must be shown down the line. We allowed that pass to come inside and as soon as that happens you are susceptible to what happened.

‘If we press right, our centre-backs are expecting the ball down the channel and we would have dealt with that and not lost that goal.’

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Ibrahimovic, 38, expected to sign new £104k-a-week AC Milan contract this week after returning from Saint-Tropez holiday




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AC MILAN are set to hand Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new one-year deal with the club delighted by his performances following his arrival in the winter transfer window.

The 38-year-old chipped in with 11 goals and five assists in 20 games in all competitions as he helped the Rossoneri secure a Europa League spot.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly set to sign a new one-year deal at the San Siro


Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly set to sign a new one-year deal at the San SiroCredit: Reuters

SunSport reported last month how the Serie A side were ready to hand the Swedish striker a £104,000-a-week contract at the San Siro.

And now it has been claimed that he will put pen to paper on a new deal this week once he returns from his break in Saint-Tropez.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ibrahimovic will sign a contract at the club that will last until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

It has been claimed that Ibrahimovic’s signature is all that is needed for the announcement to become official.

After weeks of negotiations, it is believed that news of his stay will be confirmed later this week.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported in July that Ibrahimovic could sign a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

This would mean that the ex-Manchester United star would be 40 by the time his second spell ends in Milan.

There were rumours that Leeds were eyeing up a move for the maverick forward after the former Barcelona man stated he is unsure whether he will remain in Italy.

But Ibrahimovic put an end to speculation regarding his future after he appeared in Milan’s kit launch for next term.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeps himself fit with yacht workout on Sun soaked holiday

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Pep Guardiola reveals what was said in private chat with Zinedine Zidane after Man City’s win over Real Madrid




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PEP GUARDIOLA has revealed what was said when he and Zinedine Zidane spoke privately after their Champions League meeting.

The bosses – who between them have won the Champions League five times as managers – were spotted talking alone on the Etihad touchline after Man City dumped Real Madrid out of Europe.

Guardiola was gesticulating while sat on an ice box, looking up at Zidane who cut a relaxed figure with his hands in his pockets.

There was immediately huge intrigue as to what was said, particularly with Guardiola’s history with Real Madrid’s great rivals Barcelona.

And now the Man City chief has revealed all.

Guardiola said: “I congratulated him for LaLiga.

“I always said to win the league is the most difficult title because it shows 11 months being there.

“We spoke about our families and I wished him all the best. He was one of my idols when I was a player.

“I played against him in the national team with France and I suffered a lot.

“He was one of the greatest and as a human being he is an example and I like how he can represent our profession like he does.”

The post-match talk took place after Man City deservedly beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Etihad to advance ot the quarter-finals of the Champions League 4-2 on aggregate.

Incredibly, it was the first time Zidane had been knocked out of the competition as a manager, having won the tournament in his three previous campaigns as Real Madrid manager.

For Guardiola, the victory means he remains on track to deliver Man City’s first ever Champions League triumph.

Personally, the Spaniard is seeking his third European Cup after winning it twice during his time at Barcelona.

Next up is a quarter-final on Saturday with Lyon who stunned Juventus in the last round.

Manchester City arrive in Lisbon for Champions League quarter finals without Sergio Agüero as striker looks set to miss competition

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Neymar’s Playboy model ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic stuns fans as she wears low-cut red dress in eye-popping snaps




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NEYMAR’S Playboy model ex Soraja Vucelic has stunned fans by posting pictures of herself in a low-cut red dress while out in Monte Carlo.

The 33-year-old reportedly had a brief fling with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar back in 2014.

Sojara wowed fans while out for a glass of wine


Sojara wowed fans while out for a glass of wineCredit: Instagram sorajavucelic
The Croatian regularly posts updates for her army of followers


The Croatian regularly posts updates for her army of followersCredit: Instagram sorajavucelic

And she regularly posts snaps on Instagram for her 403,000 adoring followers.

The Croatian posed for the pictures during a trip to Monaco.

In the first two images, Soraja is seen pouting for the camera while sitting with a glass of wine in her hand.

And in another snap, the model sits on the floor while taking a mirror selfie in a different red outfit.

The Playboy star accompanied the photo with the message: “Sweet dreams.”

The model’s army of fans had a lot to say about her recent uploads, with one commenting: “More than a woman. Absolutely gorgeous and sexy.”

Another Instagram user remarked: “Simply irresistible.”

While a third said: “Stunning!”

And another desperate fan even pleaded: “Will you marry a poor man like me?”

One even wrote: “You are a queen, you’re only missing a crown.”

Soraja was linked with Neymar back in 2014


Soraja was linked with Neymar back in 2014Credit: INSTAGRAM/Soraja Vucelic

Soraja has kept fans updated with her snaps all summer, having previously drawn admiring glances for her stunning pictures.

Vucelic started modelling at the age of 19 and was crowned Serbian Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 2011.

She studied psychology at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy in the Serbian capital.

Neymar’s Playboy model ex Soraja Vucelic stuns fans with revealing video of her working out during coronavirus lockdown

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