“I thought Rangers were very good, but I thought that they were allowed to be better and enjoy the game too much for my liking.
“From when they got the first goal you saw the gulf in quality at times and the experience in the team.
“It was a good time for Rangers to play us and a bad time for us to play Rangers after the amount of injuries we have got and Andy Considine going down at the hotel this morning with gastroenteritis after all the travelling and the extra time the other night. There was maybe a lethargy about our performance, but we were also too passive at times as well and I would have expected more from us.
“We had a very young midfield out there, but I do feel as a team we lacked a bit of personality and sometimes you learn a lot about your team. I thought we were very young out there at times and we played that way.
“As I have said if Rangers and Celtic are doing their recruitment well and spending their money wisely and have good managers in place, they will be the teams who fight it out at the top of the league. You can see that Rangers are in a good place. They have got a good manager, they have spent enough money again this summer and they seem to have spent it well on their squad. As I said prior to this game I do think that they will be up there challenging Celtic and maybe for a bit longer this season.
“For teams like ourselves I think it is important that we still feel like we can compete in 90 minutes and compete better than we did today.
“Aberdeen with our strongest team with our players, battle hardened and experienced ones, boys that have been here time and time again – we can still win these type of games, there is no question about that but today we were miles away from it and it was a long afternoon and the response after losing the first goal never really came.
“We looked like a team who were playing their own little game. We looked very young at times and we lacked that kind of experience and personality that every team needs if you are going to try and get a positive result here.
“I have hope of getting a couple of players back but there is no certainty that will be the case.
“Up until we lost the game on penalties against Hearts, when the performance was decent but you can lose on penalties and we were disappointed with that, we had won three and drawn two despite having the injuries but when you play against a team like Rangers who were all singing and all dancing today and came at us, I need my better players.
“I need my experienced players. I need those battle hardened players. Hopefully we can get Bryson and McKenna back soon. But Ojo and Taylor, Wilson and Wright; they are going to be a bit longer.
“We could do with a couple back for next week, not just for the starting XI, but we need options for the bench which would have allow us to change the way we were playing. We did not have those options today.
“We have always tried to make sure we are strong through the middle of the park where we can turn over the ball a lot. The last few seasons we have had Jack, McLean and Shinnie in there and these types can turn the ball over.
“But when Morelos recognises the space where ever it is – whether it is down the sides of the centre backs, whether it is in the wider areas or dropping in as he did today and asking the question of your centre backs as to whether they wanted them to run in with him, which allowed other players to go through.
“We are well versed with how Morelos wants to play but when he does it as well as he did today it is difficult to stop. I thought he led the line brilliantly today and scored a good goal. That is the quality Rangers have.
“Sam was taken off as you never know what can happen in this fixture (was on a yellow card). At that stage it was just about making sure I had the better players available for the Hibs game next weekend.”