Aberdeen wrecked Rangers ’ Betfred Cup preparations and their hopes of remaining neck and neck with Celtic at the top of the Premiership.

The Light Blues had gone 2-0 up at Pittodrie, thanks to goals from Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack, but had to end up settling for a point after shoddy, second half display.

Jon Gallagher gave the Dons hope at the end of the first period before Andrew Considine levelled in the second half.

Derek McInnes and his Aberdeen team certainly responded to criticism that they could no longer compete with Rangers and Celtic.

This draw would also have raised concerns for Steven Gerrard as he ponders his starting XI for Sunday’s Hampden clash with Celtic.

Rangers went ahead when Gallagher was robbed of possession. It allowed James Tavernier to cross and Arfield to sweep the ball across Lewis and into the net.

The visitors cashed in on more slack play, this time for Zak Vyner, to get their second. Ryan Kent sent in Alfredo Morelos whose shot was saved by Lewis but Jack got their first to net.

The game looked beyond Aberdeen but good attacking play involving Lewis Ferguson, Sam Cosgrove and James Wilson ended with Gallagher running clear into the box and slotting it past Tavernier who was on the line.

It was game on and so it proved as Aberdeen levelled after Considine knocked in the leveller after Cosgrove’s shot had spun into his path.

Derek McInnes talked Ryan Jack up before the game

He had said his former Aberdeen midfielder would make any team better.

Those comments didn’t go down well with some elements of the Pittodrie faithful are still unhappy with the way he left them for Rangers in the summer of 2017. It also didn’t help when Jack scored Rangers second goal.

How costly will these two points be for Rangers?

Rangers had been matching Celtic punch for punch all season. They went into this game separated by goal difference but now the Hoops have a two point advantage. It now gives Celtic the initiative. Rangers just have to get back to winning ways to keep the pressure on. The fact that the Light Blues were 2-0 up and let this one slip will have been a sore one for them ahead of Sunday.

Did Sam Cosgrove do enough to impress Middlesbrough No. 2 Robbie Keane?

The big Aberdeen striker has been on fire in the calendar year. He is sitting on 18 goals (before tonight) and is attracting a string of interest from the English Championship, including Stoke City, ‘Boro and Derby. He didn’t score but he put himself about, showed his physicality, speed and power against a top defence.