McAuley urges Gers to learn lessons and bounce back from Dons defeat

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Rangers defender Gareth McAuley has told his team-mates they must bounce back quickly from their midweek defeat to Aberdeen.

Rangers defender Gareth McAuley has told his team-mates they must bounce back quickly from their midweek defeat to Aberdeen.

A 1-0 home defeat ensured Rangers were knocked off top spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership after less than four days at the summit.

Steven Gerrard told his team they had to improve their discipline before the game – and then saw Alfredo Morelos receive his third red card of the season although the first was later downgraded to yellow.

The night proved to be a damp squib for a home support buoyed by the end of their long wait for a place at the top of the league.

Rangers found no way back from Scott McKenna’s seventh-minute goal – even after Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove received the night’s first red card.

Now Rangers must wait until Sunday to face a Dundee side lifted by Kenny Miller’s hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Hamilton.

Asked about his side’s character, McAuley told Rangers TV: ‘That is what this football club is about – it has been talked about and it was what we have to do if we want to go and challenge and be at the top of the league and do something – win something – you have to move on quickly, be as positive as you can and make sure you take everything on board, learn your lessons and hopefully it doesn’t happen again.’

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