NEIL WARNOCK reckons Aberdeen have been closing the gap on the Old Firm in recent years.
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Warnock, 75, was confirmed as Pittodrie boss this week after he decided to take on thea week early so he could lead his new team out at Ibrox.
His first match ended in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Philippe Clement‘s after Rabbi Matondo and Todd Cantwell scored, cancelling out Miovski’s leveller.
Aberdeen came out on top against the Light Blues in September, while holdingto a 1-1 draw last Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have won two meetings this season – including a 6-0 drubbing in November – andpipped the Dons to the trophy in December.
While it hasn’t been perfect for the Dons against the Old Firm this campaign, Warnock is confident the tide has been changing in Scottish football and believes his side can challenge‘s big two.
He said: “We’ve seen us play against Celtic and Rangers, both winnable games.
“A few years ago I would say they were miles ahead of us, are you with me? I don’t see that now.
“They’re better than us, but you know, I think with the right attitude and tactical way, you can have a go at them.”
Warnock will meet all his new fans at Pittodrie for the first time tomorrow when they host Bonnyrigg Rose in thefifth round.
But the manager has already caught up with some the fanbase after he was swarmed in his local.
Warnock revealed: “I’ve had a couple of days in the job now. They are a good group of lads, the facilities are excellent. I went to Tesco last night and I have never seen so many Aberdeen fans.
“They all welcomed me so it was lovely. I think they all know I am going to try and do the best that I can really. People thought I wouldn’t come up here but it is just achallenge if I am honest.
The former Sheffied United,, and Huddersfield boss knows anything can happen in a cup tie and won’t let himself get complacent when side Bonnyrigg come to town.
Aberdeen fans still have nightmares of the infamous trip to Darvel, only 13 months ago.
Warnock’s main ambition with Aberdeen is to get his hands on a piece of silverware.
And the Dons can’t afford any slip ups against Robbie Horn’s side.
The Dons boss added: “I have been in Bonnyrigg’s position, you have got nothing to lose.
“When I was atAlbion we played from the , with and all of that lot. around the place was unbelievable.
“I have had a few good cup runs as an underdog and I have had a few as ones that shouldit. It will be difficult, there are no easy games when they have come this far in the .
“They are well organised, they have some good players and a good following. It will be a typical cup tie. I think cup ties like that are very good.
“I would like to get to a cup final. There is only so much that is left to play for in the season and it has become very important to me.”
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