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Rangers   2 - 0   St Johnstone

Steven Davis celebrates the opening goal
Steven Davis (right) opened the scoring for Rangers at Hampden

By Stevie Miller

Rangers booked their place in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final against St Mirren with victory over St Johnstone at snow-covered Hampden Park.

Steven Davis put the Ibrox side in front with a close-range shot after his initial effort was blocked.

Experienced midfielder Lee McCulloch doubled Rangers' advantage through a low drive from the edge of the box.

Saints keeper Graeme Smith saved Steven Naismith's penalty as Rangers carved out late opportunities on the break.

Both sides took to the field wearing their change strip in front of a disappointing crowd at Hampden Park - perhaps affected by the snow that continued to fall heavily throughout the first half.

Rangers switched goalkeepers with Neil Alexander coming in for Allan McGregor, while Steven Smith replaced Sasa Papac at left-back.

Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch
Veteran midfielder Lee McCulloch scored Rangers' second goal

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes changed tactics and personnel for the match, with Kenny Deuchar relegated to the bench and on-loan Cillian Sheridan operating as a lone striker.

Nacho Novo, often a thorn in St Johnstone's side, carved out the first opportunity but shot straight at Smith from the inside-right channel.

Dave Mackay spared Smith's blushes after Novo sprang the offside trap and raced past the onrushing keeper, only to see his net-bound shot cleared off the line by the former Livingston man.

Murray Davidson passed up a golden chance for St Johnstone when he flashed a header wide from five yards following a Gary Irvine cross.

Davis should have put Rangers ahead after working a brilliant one-two with John Fleck before prodding the ball past Smith, but Irvine scrambled the ball off the line.

The Northern Ireland international made amends moments later, latching on to Novo's cross and lashing the ball home at the second attempt from close range.

David Weir almost put the ball into his own net as Liam Craig's free-kick flew into the Rangers box and the Ibrox captain looked a relieved man as the ball went just over the bar.

However, Rangers were getting a grip of the game in the midfield and McCulloch doubled their advantage following fine build-up play with a low, driven shot from the edge of the box that slipped under the body of Smith.

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McInnes brought on Steven Milne at half-time and the move almost paid instant dividends as the ball cannoned off the forward in the Rangers box and fell to Sheridan, but his effort was saved easily by Neil Alexander.

The Perth side were showing more in the way of attacking intent. But, despite plenty of possession in the Rangers half, they were finding it hard to create any clear opportunities.

Rangers replaced Kyle Lafferty and Novo with Andrew Little and Steven Naismith and the former Kilmarnock forward almost scored with his first touch, but his close-range shot flew over the bar.

Naismith was handed another chance to score when he went down under a challenge from Irvine and referee Dougie McDonald pointed to the spot, but Smith dived low to his left to save the penalty.

Rangers looked dangerous and John Fleck should really have put the tie beyond doubt but left himself too tight an angle after taking it past Smith.

Naismith burst through the Saints rearguard once again as Rangers took control. But, after going down in the box again, his low effort was cleared off the line again by Irvine.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

CIS Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 2-0 St Johnstone FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Davis 26
  • McCulloch 37

    Rangers

    • 25 Alexander
    • 03 Weir
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 26 Smith
    • 66 Wilson
    • 06 McCulloch
    • 07 Davis
    • 08 Thomson yellow card
    • 10 Novo (Naismith 62)
    • 27 Lafferty (Little 61)
    • 29 Fleck

    Substitutes

    • 01 McGregor,
    • 21 Broadfoot,
    • 69 Wylde,
    • 14 Naismith,
    • 48 Little

    St Johnstone

    • 01 Smith
    • 02 Irvine yellow card
    • 03 Grainger
    • 05 MacKay
    • 06 Gartland
    • 04 Morris
    • 07 Millar
    • 08 Davidson
    • 10 Craig (Moon 75)
    • 11 Morais (Milne 46)
    • 09 Sheridan (MacDonald 67)

    Substitutes

    • 15 Main,
    • 12 Anderson,
    • 14 Moon,
    • 16 Milne,
    • 17 MacDonald
    Ref: McDonaldAtt: 17,371
    RANGERS
    ST JOHNSTONE

    Possession

    • Rangers 52%
    • St Johnstone 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Rangers 8
    • St Johnstone 8

    Attempts off target

    • Rangers 2
    • St Johnstone 5

    Corners

    • Rangers 3
    • St Johnstone 6

    Fouls

    • Rangers 12
    • St Johnstone 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:03 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+0:51 Gary Irvine delivers the ball, Danny Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 89:37 Steven Davis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Graham Gartland manages to make a clearance.
    • 89:37 Booking The referee cautions Gary Irvine for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Gary Irvine.
    • 88:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Gartland on Steven Naismith. Lee McCulloch takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:23 Andrew Little challenges Kevin Moon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 85:04 The ball is swung over by David MacKay, clearance by Danny Wilson.
    • 84:16 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, save made by Neil Alexander.
    • 82:43 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Steven Milne misses to the left of the target.
    • 81:55 Centre by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 81:33 Centre by Peter MacDonald, Jody Morris takes a shot. Clearance by David Weir.
    • 81:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Smith on Chris Millar. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
    • 80:39 Corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin Moon manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:21 John Fleck crosses the ball, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:02 Short corner taken by Steven Davis, Kevin Thomson produces a cross, David MacKay makes a clearance.
    • 78:48 Shot by John Fleck. David MacKay gets a block in.
    • 78:07 Steven Davis takes a shot. Graham Gartland gets a block in.
    • 77:58 John Fleck sends in a cross.
    • 77:19 Chris Millar sends in a cross.
    • 76:03 Steven Smith takes a shot. Blocked by David MacKay.
    • 75:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Smith by Chris Millar. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:38 Substitution Kevin Moon comes on in place of Liam Craig.
    • 72:10 Steven Davis produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Andrew Little misses to the right of the target.
    • 71:48 A cross is delivered by John Fleck.
    • 71:31 Centre by John Fleck, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:49 David MacKay produces a cross, save made by Neil Alexander.
    • 69:47 Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by David MacKay.
    • 68:47 Penalty taken by Steven Naismith saved by Graeme Smith. Rangers 2-0 St Johnstone.
    • 68:47 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, Gary Irvine challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 68:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Alexander by Graham Gartland. Neil Alexander takes the free kick.
    • 67:47 Centre by Daniel Grainger.
    • 66:36 Substitution Peter MacDonald replaces Cillian Sheridan.
    • 65:36 The ball is crossed by Steven Naismith.
    • 65:13 A cross is delivered by Gary Irvine, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
    • 64:17 Liam Craig takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Neil Alexander.
    • 63:47 Steven Milne fouled by John Fleck, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Irvine takes the free kick.
    • 62:35 Steven Whittaker produces a cross, Close range effort by Steven Naismith goes over the bar.
    • 61:46 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Steven Naismith coming on for Nacho Novo.
    • 61:39 The ball is crossed by Steven Davis, blocked by Daniel Grainger.
    • 59:53 Substitution Andrew Little is brought on as a substitute for Kyle Lafferty.
    • 59:53 Booking Kevin Thomson booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 57:43 The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by David Weir.
    • 57:35 Murray Davidson produces a cross, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
    • 56:53 The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger.
    • 56:43 The ball is delivered by Jody Morris.
    • 56:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar by John Fleck. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Craig, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:22 Daniel Grainger crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Cillian Sheridan goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 54:08 The ball is swung over by Jody Morris.
    • 53:01 Chris Millar crosses the ball, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 52:50 Chris Millar crosses the ball, Danny Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 51:12 Kyle Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from right wing, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 48:12 Steven Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Millar. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig, Danny Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:46 Kyle Lafferty challenges Graham Gartland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
    • 46:37 Nacho Novo fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
    • 46:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee McCulloch on Murray Davidson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gary Irvine from right channel, Kyle Lafferty makes a clearance.
    • 45:35 Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Save by Neil Alexander.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Filipe Morais goes off and Steven Milne comes on.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:07 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 42:11 Gary Irvine challenges John Fleck unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Fleck takes the direct free kick.
    • 40:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 40:05 Centre by Steven Davis, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 38:54 Nacho Novo is ruled offside. Daniel Grainger takes the indirect free kick.
    • 38:37 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nacho Novo. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:00 Liam Craig takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Neil Alexander.
    • 36:57 Steven Whittaker provided the assist for the goal.
    • 36:57 GOAL - Lee McCullochRangers 2 - 0 St Johnstone Lee McCulloch fires in a goal from long range low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 2-0 St Johnstone.
    • 35:37 Jody Morris has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 35:10 Filipe Morais takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Steven Smith.
    • 34:36 Unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Steven Davis results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Filipe Morais from left wing, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:46 Filipe Morais takes a shot. Save made by Neil Alexander.
    • 32:33 Chris Millar fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Millar takes the free kick.
    • 32:21 The ball is crossed by Gary Irvine, clearance made by Kevin Thomson.
    • 32:10 The ball is swung over by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 31:46 Centre by Liam Craig, blocked by Danny Wilson.
    • 31:14 The ball is delivered by Steven Davis, clearance made by Graham Gartland.
    • 30:43 David MacKay challenges Kyle Lafferty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:16 Jody Morris produces a cross, Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Free kick taken by Neil Alexander.
    • 28:47 Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by John Fleck.
    • 28:41 Filipe Morais produces a cross, blocked by Steven Smith.
    • 25:34 The assist for the goal came from Nacho Novo.
    • 25:34 GOAL - Steven DavisRangers 1 - 0 St Johnstone Steven Davis gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 St Johnstone.
    • 25:31 Centre by Nacho Novo,
    • 24:40 Steven Davis takes a shot. Clearance by Chris Millar.
    • 23:07 The ball is swung over by Kevin Thomson.
    • 22:53 Shot by Kyle Lafferty. Blocked by Graham Gartland.
    • 22:28 Filipe Morais takes a shot. Kevin Thomson gets a block in.
    • 22:06 Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Neil Alexander makes a save.
    • 21:58 The ball is swung over by Liam Craig, Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
    • 21:42 Filipe Morais crosses the ball, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.
    • 19:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Graham Gartland. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:59 Cillian Sheridan has a lobbed shot. Save made by Neil Alexander.
    • 16:04 Gary Irvine delivers the ball, Murray Davidson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 14:47 The ball is crossed by Liam Craig, Neil Alexander makes a save.
    • 14:07 Liam Craig challenges Nacho Novo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:46 The ball is swung over by Nacho Novo, clearance by Gary Irvine.
    • 8:36 Centre by Gary Irvine, Foul by Cillian Sheridan on Neil Alexander, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neil Alexander.
    • 8:07 Drilled right-footed shot by Filipe Morais. Clearance by Lee McCulloch.
    • 7:41 Jody Morris decides to take a short corner.
    • 6:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cillian Sheridan by Danny Wilson. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
    • 5:03 John Fleck fouled by Gary Irvine, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.
    • 4:36 Nacho Novo takes a shot. David MacKay makes a clearance.
    • 4:21 The ball is sent over by Filipe Morais, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 2:45 Shot by Jody Morris from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 0:45 Nacho Novo produces a cross, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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