RYAN HEDGES admits Aberdeen didn't give the best account of themselves as they were well beaten by Rangers.

The Dons slumped to a 4-0 defeat on Sunday as Steven Gerrard's side maintained their relentless momentum and extended their lead over Celtic in the Premiership title race.

Boss Derek McInnes saw his preparations ruined late last week as Lewis Ferguson and Connor McLennan were ruled out of the match as a Coronavirus precaution following their time away with the Scotland Under-21 side in Greece.

A makeshift Reds side were unable to cause Rangers any real problems and Hedges was frustrated in defeat at Ibrox.

Hedges said: "It was obviously a disappointing result.

"We can take a few positives out of the game. In spells, we were the better team.

"The second goal came against the run of play. But we can’t start the second half the way we did and expect to get something out of it.

"It wasn’t great preparation but when you have players missing it is a good opportunity for others to step in who haven’t been playing to show what they can do. We probably didn’t give the greatest account of ourselves. We know that as a squad we can play better.

"These are the games we want to be playing in and trying to get points.

"We had a little FaceTime with them (Ferguson and McLennan) on the coach down on Friday. You can see the togetherness of the squad we have got here.

"It was very disappointing, especially as it happened outwith Aberdeen’s control.

"At the moment these things happen. We just have to try to keep moving forward."