Aberdeen will go to play Rangers at Ibrox on Wednesday night suffering from delusions of grandeur and confronted by an inconvenient truth.

They’re not nearly the big deal they appear to think they are. This is a club who have won two major trophies in 30 years.


The most recent of those was after two tortuous hours of regulation and extra-time, followed by a penalty shoot-out, against Inverness Caley Thistle in 2014.

They are a figment of their own modern-day imagination.

Aberdeen lifted the League Cup in 2013/14

Both Raith Rovers have won one trophy in that same time frame and Kilmarnock two - they’re both currently in the Championship.

On that basis, how much pressure can realistically be placed on the Pittodrie manager, Stephen Glass, in the short-term when you couldn’t exactly say he’s at a club used to success?

Aberdeen are serial under-achievers who have become a three-decade-long work in progress.

The problem is the fans have an overblown opinion of what they should be doing with the third biggest annual budget in the Premiership.

Already this season they’ve gone out of the Premier Sports Cup to Raith Rovers. Blink and you’d have missed them in the Europa League qualifiers.

They’re in the bottom six in the league table.

But, while expressing sympathy for Glass and the scale of the job he has on his hands, the manager needs to get over himself when he starts to talk about there being an agenda to get him fired among the journalistic profession.

There is absolutely not a shadow of doubt in my mind that Rangers will beat Aberdeen this week.

I am as certain of that as I am of the fact that Scott Brown will get a reception on the incendiary side of hostile when he emerges from the tunnel at Ibrox on Wednesday. That’s not the agenda-driven opinion of what Glass has called “shock jocks” in the media.

My forecast is based purely and simply on the premise that Rangers have a team that’s much better than Aberdeen’s.

Glass has the good fortune, while he works his way through the unfounded conspiracy against him, to be employed by a man who looks like he would take it badly if you suggested he didn’t know what he was doing.

If the club’s chairman Dave Cormack fires Glass then he admits to a mistake by hiring him in the first place.

That’s not going to happen. For now.

The same description applies to Steven Gerrard’s position at Rangers.

Newcastle, for whatever reason, did not look in his direction with regard to their managerial vacancy.

Graeme Souness last week used a radio platform to advise him and say: “If he ends up being Rangers’ manager for the next five or six years that’s a great education for him.

“He’s getting a great education now for the next one, which I think will be Liverpool.”

I would interpret those words to mean Gerrard is doing on-the-job training in Glasgow for managing a bigger club on Merseyside one day.

That’s simply me exercising free speech.

Always business, never personal, as I have said of managerial dealings I’ve had over the last 50 years.

You need a sense of perspective regarding this game and I was reminded of that on Thursday night when Rangers played Brondby in the Europa League group stage.

While the European tie was going on my eight-year-old grandson was fighting for breath in the hospital adjacent to Ibrox, combating the after effects of testing positive for Covid-19.

Mercifully, he was allowed home before the final whistle had blown on Rangers’ win.

There are always reminders available that football isn’t actually a matter of life or death.

And some people need to be reminded of that being the case when they start to lose sight of themselves and what’s going on around about them.