Charlie Is My Darling. LIVE FOOTBALL: ALL YESTERDAY'S ACTION FROM THE SPL SMITH DEFENDS STAR ADAM

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Byline: By STUART DARROCH at IBROX

RANGERS 2

Darcheville 52, Boyd 68

ABERDEEN 0

RANGERS star Charlie Adam insisted he will never let Ibrox boo-boys wreck his game.

The midfielder came under fire again yesterday after a sloppy start - before going on to set up both goals.

Deadly deliveries from corners caused panic in the Aberdeen box and Jean-Claude Darcheville and Kris Boyd kept Rangers' title challenge alive.

Adam was targeted by the home fans from the start as the visitors threatened to win at Ibrox for the first time in 17 years.

But he overcame the abuse and went on to become a matchwinner.

And he insists the only person he needs to impress is boss Walter Smith. Adam said: "It's a tough place to play. You can't hide in front of 50,000 people.

"You have to be mentally tough to keep trying things because if they don't come off then you are put under pressure.

"But there is no point hiding as there is no place to hide.

"You have to be a big, brave guy to keep going. I'll never hide."

Rangers chairman Sir David Murray celebrated his 20th year in charge in style as Aberdeen failed miserably to end their Ibrox hoodoo.

And it will have brought a smile from Murray, who must have wondered where the time has gone since taking over in 1988. The Dons arrived hoping to rewrite history books with their first win at Ibrox in 32 attempts.

But Gers fans loved the victory against their bitter north rivals, unfurling a huge banner at the end - "The Silence Of The Sheep Since '91" - just to rub it in.

The dismal run also means boss Jimmy Calderwood must wait to record his first win in his birthplace.

Relieved Rangers boss Smith admitted it was a struggle - but praised Adam for his courage.

Smith said: "We had to work hard for it. We started the second half and imposed ourselves better.

"Charlie has his Charlie Adam moments but it never prevents him taking part in the game.

"Sometimes he does things a lot of other players wouldn't attempt. When they come off it's great."

Rangers goal machine Boyd fired high and wide from Pedro Mendes' clever early flick over the top.

He then shot wide with a first-time shot before Gers captain Barry Ferguson nodded wide.

Aberdeen could have grabbed the lead just before the break when Allan McGregor pulled out a great block from Derek Young's low shot from 10 yards.

Lee Mair's header at his own goal saw Dons keeper Jamie Langfield make an equally impressive save. …