JIMMY NICHOLL tonight praised Rangers’ second half performance against Aberdeen as they came from behind to claim what could be a crucial point.
After falling behind to a contested Kenny McLean penalty, Ross McCrorie bundled in an equaliser in the second half.
Speaking to RangersTV after the game, Nicholl said: “We started off doing what we set out to do – play fast, flowing football down either side and get at them.
“The way we started was really good, albeit, it was all down the right hand side of the park. We didn’t get the ball out to the left, but that didn’t matter.
“Then after the referee’s decision to give a penalty kick – which was beyond me – and I’m only saying that as I have seen it since.
“We got wrapped up in the whole thing. We got wrapped up in being frustrated with the referee’s decision and we haven’t got a clear head.
“There were so many referees out on that park tonight. If it had been a fight and a scrap from the very start, then we would have to fight and scrap.
“But they produced in that first 15 minutes good, flowing football, but we lost that because of the penalty kick.
“We had to get back to that – and it’s difficult as there is half an hour to go, and you are trying to keep them calm on the park and not get frustrated. Then when you get them in the dressing room, you remind them how many we had booked, and if we kept thinking about the referee’s decision, we would end up doing something stupid and be off the park, and we couldn’t afford that.
“So we had to get the football head back on, and do what we did in the first 15 minutes. They did it, and I thought they were brilliant in the second half, and I really enjoyed watching them.
“They were sound at the back, and dealt with whatever they had to throw at us, and we played good, counter-attacking football.
“It was just the final ball at times, but the bodies in-behind the ball, and the determination was there for all to see. Young Ross McCrorie’s goal, and the determination to go and do something about the situation, going and attacking the ball, it was a good goal.
“Then after that, I thought everybody put everything they could into the second half to get a win.
“They did really well, and they still had the energy to go forward in numbers and try to get the winner – it was just the final bit we needed at the end.
“But, It doesn’t matter, we’re still in it, and if they produce what they produced in that second half on Sunday – well I just hope they do as that’s what they need to do.”
Graham Dorrans limped off with an injury in the first half, and Nicholl updated: “It looks like knee ligaments or ligaments of some sort, so he’s way there with walking stcks it’s not looking great for him at the weekend.
“We have Ross McCrorie and Alfredo Morelos suspended too, so we have a bit of work to do to get a team out on the park.”