Hart Is Adamant He Was Victim of Spin as He Braces Himself for Another Barrage of Ibrox Fans' Abuse; EASY TARGET: Hart Received a Roasting on His Last Visit to Ibrox (Inset), as Boyd Hit a Hat-Trick and Cited the Dons Star's Remarks as His Inspiration
Byline: IAN BROADLEY
SIX managers have come and gone over the last 16 years without any ofthem masterminding an Aberdeen league victory at Ibrox. The combined talents ofWillie Miller, Roy Aitken, Alex Miller, Paul Hegarty, Ebbe Skovdahl and StevePaterson all failed to deliver the result which would have allowed their RedArmy to travel back up the A90 with a smile on their faces.
The statistics, 29 games without three points garnered and just seven capturedout of a possible 87, make grim reading for Jimmy Calderwood as he takes theDons back to Govan today charged with ending the sequence.
But if Aberdeen's task is tough, it is even tougher for Michael Hart who can beguaranteed a torrid reception. Last March, the defender boldly claimed that hewouldn't swap any of his teammates for those at Rangers.
His words came back to haunt him as he was subjected to a torrent of abuse from50,000 Ibrox fans and suffered as Kris Boyd rattled in a hat-trick beforeclaiming Hart's words had been his inspiration.
However, Hart insists he was the victim of spin and will do all his talking onthe park today to deliver that elusive win.
'It was a tough few days for me but it was taken out of all proportion. Thequotes I gave said nothing against the Rangers players,' he said. 'It was justthat I had all the confidence in the world about the ability of our ownplayers.
'I have the utmost respect for the Rangers players but they took it that I washaving a go at them, which was never the case.
'I will have the same respect for them on Sunday but it's 11 men versus 11 menand, hopefully, we can get one over on them.
'The expectation is high at Ibrox where there are 50,000 fans every match, soyou are going to hear some adverse comments but you have to blank them out andget on with it.
'I think that even my mum and dad were shouting at me that day, as well, as itdidn't go well. But it was taken out of context and I apologise that it wastaken that way.
'It wasn't meant like that and it went too far. What disappointed me was thatthings were taken as far as they were because I am not the sort of person toslag any professional player.
'Now I just want to keep my head down and get on with my game. …