Aberdeen posed little threat until the dying moments when Bruce Anderson found space in the box in the third minute of injury time and rifled into the far corner with Aberdeen's first shot on target.
Rangers, desperate to end bitter city rivals Celtic's seven-year hold over the title, had taken the lead on the half-hour mark when James Tavernier converted a penalty awarded after Dominic Ball's tug on Josh Windass. It is a tough one to take but we should be incredibly proud of today. Look, I don't think we ever get anything to go for us. Aberdeen didn't have any idea against us, and for 93 minutes it was ideal.
Claiming "the world was against us today" Gerrard claimed the Ibrox side had been the persistent victims of poor decisions by referees over a lengthy period saying: 'It's not just today, it's been happening for a while.
Steven Gerrard, who scaled such heights as a player, will find the first month of the Scottish season a demanding one that could define Rangers' campaign and his own chances of success at Ibrox.
He added: "We were very good with 11 men, we were even better when we went to 10".
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He didn't make mistakes. "I just didn't hit the putts hard enough, but if I did, I would have easily shot 4-, 5-under par". Perhaps he can get it tomorrow for the last roundup for the tour at Firestone - at least for the foreseeable future.
"I don't think Celtic are particularly strong".
Gerrard's men were also in action but did not need extra time, drawing 1-1 against Croatian outfit Osijek for a 2-1 aggregate victory and the Rangers boss wants his team to use their freshness to their advantage. "But we'll make sure we get better for that because it looks like some more decisions will go against us as the season goes on". Gutted for the players to concede so late on but we showed we were a class above Aberdeen.
Sportsmail understands Bournemouth's Jack Simpson will become Gerrard's eleventh signing of the season this week, with the 20-year-old left-sided defender poised to sign a season-long loan deal.
McKenna had been at the heart of the sending off of Morelos, who was ejected when the 22-year-old Colombian retaliated to the Aberdeen player's barge.
The decision was harsh to say the least, and nine times out of ten would not be spotted by the refereeing team, let alone result in a red card.