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The BBC's Roddy Forsyth
"Sandy Clark's men stood firm"
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Saturday, 4 March, 2000, 19:18 GMT
Rangers dip down to earth

Rangers 0-0 St Johnstone

Rangers followed last week's hammering of Dundee at Dens Park with a disappointing performance in front of their own fans.

Rangers will hoping the goal-drought which saw them squander a host of chances in this 0-0 draw ends in time for Wednesday's Old Firm clash with Celtic.

Dick Advocaat's side have now taken only six points from four games although they still have a nine-point lead on their rivals.

But their inability to find the net despite facing Saints third choice keeper for most the match will give Celtic some hope in the face of such a daunting gap.

Victory on Wednesaday would cut the lead to six and, with a game in hand, put Celtic's season back on track.

Advocaat said he had never seen his side miss so many chances.

Andrei Kanchelskis was the chief cuplrit, hitting the bar at close range when it seemed easier to score.

Stand-in keeper Stephen Robertson joined the action two minutes before the break after Allan Ferguson was involved in an accidental collision with team mate Danny Griffin and Rangers skipper Lorenzo Amoruso.

He was taken to hospital where it was revealed his kneecap had split in two.

He will now miss the rest of the season.

Robertson was called on to deny Rod Wallace and Seb Rozental but in reality the substitute owed his clean sheet more to the profligacy of the Chilean and his fellow team-mates.

John McBride cleared a Giovanni van Bronckhorst shot off the line and Gary Bollan followed suit nine minutes from time to deny Billy Dodds, who had replaced the out of touch Kanchelskis.

Teams:

Rangers: Klos, Reyna, Vidmar, Amoruso, Numan, Kanchelskis, Van Bronckhorst, Tugay, Albertz, Wallace, Rozental. Subs: Brown, McCann, Nicholson, Ross, Dodds.

St Johnstone: Ferguson, Frail, Griffin, Weir, Dods, Bollan, O'Halloran, O'Neil, Kane, Connolly, McBride. Subs: Robertson, Lowndes, McAnespie, McMahon, Jones.

Referee: Douglas MacDonald (Scotland)
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