Ibrox: Aberdeen made the 149-mile (238km) trip to Glasgow on Saturday for their Scottish Premier League clash against Rangers at Ibrox Park. Second-placed Rangers were hoping to put some breathing space between themselves and their third-placed opponents - with just four points separating the two sides. However, Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood was only too aware that 'The Dons' had not recorded a win here in 16 years. Rangers recalled Kris Boyd and the decision soon paid dividends for the hosts. Nacho Novo getting the better of an unsettled Aberdeen defence and laying off the ball to Alan Hutton, whose looping header found Boyd to put Rangers a goal up after only eight minutes. Aberdeen offered few attacking chances in the first half and were soon another goal down. Boyd the scorer again, stabbing the ball in from close-range past a stranded Jamie Langfield. With Rangers clearly in the ascendancy, it took only six minutes until Boyd struck again to bag his hat-trick on the half-hour mark. The 23-year-old striker finishing a marauding move down the right that saw Alan Hutton again the provider. Boyd taking his tally to 19 goals in the S.P.L this season. In the second half, Rangers spurned a handful of chances to add another goal with Dado Prso just inches from connecting with Alan Hutton's low cross to make it four. It didn't matter though as Rangers cemented second place in the league with the three-nil win and guaranteed UEFA Champions League football next season. Kris Boyd and Alan Hutton, without doubt, the two stars of the afternoon in a convincing display from Rangers.
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