ABERDEEN finally got their just rewards against Rangers on Wednesday night, according to Graeme Shinnie.

While Aberdeen stunned the Ibrox side back in September with James Maddison’s late winner, there was frustration when they lost both of the two following clashes.

But there was little doubt about who came out on top on Wednesday as the Pittodrie outfit triumphed at Ibrox for the first time in a quarter of a century.

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The Dons skipper reckons that 2-1 victory has settled any doubts as to who is best of the rest behind Celtic, after moving nine points clear of Pedro Caixinha’s team.

He said: “We’re delighted. I thought we played really well and we’re probably disappointed not to have scored a few more.

“I think we’ve now cemented out place as the second best team in the country. Everybody can now see that. Over the course of the season where we are in the league shows we deserve to be second.”

Caixinha and Dons boss Derek McInnes have been locked in a war of words for most of the week after the Rangers manager suggested Aberdeen’s powers were waning.

But Shinnie insisted he and his colleagues paid no attention to the mind games, and were focusing only on the match.