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Highlights - Rangers 2-1 Inverness CT

Highlights - Rangers 2-1 Inverness CT

Rangers survived a second-half onslaught from Inverness to extend their Scottish Premier League lead over Celtic to seven points.

Carlos Bocanegra slid in to put the home side ahead on 55 minutes after Nikica Jelavic chested the ball down.

Andrew Shinnie levelled from close range for Inverness controversially, as Jelavic was injured in the build-up.

The visitors were well on top, but Kyle Lafferty's 18-yard effort on 83 minutes sealed victory.

Ally McCoist's men threatened for the first time after 10 minutes. Gregg Wylde's classy cross found the head of defender Steven Whittaker eight yards out, only for Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson to spring to his right and pull off a stunning save.

However, the Highland outfit were not fazed and set about silencing the Ibrox crowd. Lee Cox accelerated away from Bocanegra and drove the ball across the face of the goal, but Kyle Bartley was on hand to clear for the home side.

Kyle Lafferty celebrates Lafferty grabbed the winner for Rangers on the break

There then came strong Inverness appeals for a penalty midway through the opening 45 minutes as the ball hit the hand of Jelavic in the box from Richie Foran's flick-on, but referee Bobby Madden was not persuaded.

Rangers manager McCoist brought on Lee McCulloch for Maurice Edu at half-time to shake up the midfield. He was forced into another change minutes later when Alejandro Bedoya was replaced by Lafferty after appearing to pick up an injury.

There was a second appeal for a penalty from the visitors when striker Billy McKay claimed he was held by Bartley inside the Rangers penalty area.

However, they were again denied a spot-kick and the league leaders made the most of their reprieve.

Lee Wallace sent a ball to the back post which Jelavic chested down and knocked into the path of Bocanegra, who stole in in at the angle of the six-yard box to put Rangers ahead.

Sasa Papac came agonisingly close to doubling his side's advantage as he got the break of the ball from a challenge on Jelavic and smashed a left-foot shot from 30 yards against Esson's crossbar.

That changed the flow of the game as Inverness were to equalise in controversial circumstances soon after.

Jelavic was injured in a challenge from Roman Golobart but the game raged on and both sides had chances to put the ball out of play.

Andrew Shinnie converted from close range after some smart work from Gregory Tade and it was game on.

The action was frenetic in the second period and Caledonian Thistle had three great chances to take three points.

Firstly, McKay rounded Allan McGregor but could only hit his shot off outside of the post, before Lee Wallace cleared off the line from Jonny Hayes.

McKay then had another opportunity to beat the Rangers goalkeeper but could only shoot straight at the Scotland international.

Inverness were made to pay a heavy price for those missed opportunities as Lafferty conjured up an 18-yard strike out of nothing to shoot the Light Blues ahead and leave the Highlanders heartbroken.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 2-1 Inverness CT FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Bocanegra 55
  • Lafferty 83
  • Shinnie 67

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 05 Papac (Bendiksen 78)
  • 12 Wallace
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 18 Bocanegra yellow card
  • 22 Bartley
  • 07 Edu (McCulloch 46 yellow card)
  • 08 Davis
  • 21 Bedoya (Lafferty 52 yellow card)
  • 27 Wylde
  • 09 Jelavic

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 04 Broadfoot,
  • 06 McCulloch,
  • 20 McKay,
  • 33 Bendiksen,
  • 41 McCabe,
  • 11 Lafferty

Inverness CT

  • 01 Esson
  • 03 Tokely
  • 16 Golobart
  • 19 Shinnie
  • 22 Gillet yellow card
  • 06 Cox yellow card
  • 07 Hayes
  • 08 Tansey (Shinnie 60)
  • 09 Foran yellow card
  • 15 Tade
  • 21 McKay (Sutherland 85)

Substitutes

  • 12 Tuffey,
  • 02 Piermayr,
  • 10 Shinnie,
  • 11 Ross,
  • 17 Morrison,
  • 18 Sutherland
Ref: MaddenAtt: 43,701
RANGERS
INVERNESS CT

Possession

  • Rangers 45%
  • Inverness CT 55%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 8
  • Inverness CT 5

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 7
  • Inverness CT 6

Corners

  • Rangers 9
  • Inverness CT 4

Fouls

  • Rangers 13
  • Inverness CT 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:51 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+0:16 Carlos Bocanegra takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:16 Booking Richie Foran receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+0:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Foran on Thomas Bendiksen.
  • 88:53 Shane Sutherland has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 87:12 Johnny Hayes crosses the ball, clearance made by Gregg Wylde.
  • 86:38 Free kick crossed left-footed by Graeme Shinnie, clearance made by Kyle Bartley.
  • 86:38 Booking Booking for Lee McCulloch.
  • 86:30 Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Gregory Tade.
  • 86:19 Centre by Lee Cox, save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 85:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Roman Golobart. Free kick crossed left-footed by Graeme Shinnie from left wing, Nikica Jelavic manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:55 Substitution Shane Sutherland comes on in place of Billy McKay.
  • 84:21 Kyle Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Shinnie. Direct free kick taken by Richie Foran.
  • 83:58 The ball is delivered by Johnny Hayes, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 82:36 Booking Kyle Lafferty is shown a yellow card.
  • 82:03 Assist by Steven Davis.
  • 82:03 GOAL - Kyle LaffertyRangers 2 - 1 Inverness CT Kyle Lafferty grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 2-1 Inverness CT.
  • 81:43 Billy McKay takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 81:31 Kenny Gillet produces a cross, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
  • 80:19 Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:05 Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 79:34 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis, clearance by Richie Foran.
  • 79:14 Centre by Graeme Shinnie, Carlos Bocanegra makes a clearance.
  • 77:31 Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 77:31 Substitution Sasa Papac leaves the field to be replaced by Thomas Bendiksen.
  • 77:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Lee McCulloch.
  • 76:20 Billy McKay has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 75:28 Graeme Shinnie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Direct free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
  • 74:49 Free kick taken by Johnny Hayes.
  • 74:49 Booking Booking for Carlos Bocanegra.
  • 74:32 Andrew Shinnie fouled by Carlos Bocanegra, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 74:09 Outswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:42 Sasa Papac takes a shot. Roman Golobart gets a block in.
  • 73:14 Nikica Jelavic fouled by Roman Golobart, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gregg Wylde, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
  • 71:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Bartley by Billy McKay. Kyle Bartley takes the free kick.
  • 70:40 The referee blows for offside against Richie Foran. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Andrew Shinnie. Andrew Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:50 A cross is delivered by Roman Golobart.
  • 69:07 Centre by Gregg Wylde, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
  • 67:52 The ball is swung over by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Carlos Bocanegra.
  • 66:51 The assist for the goal came from Gregory Tade.
  • 66:51 GOAL - Andrew ShinnieRangers 1 - 1 Inverness CT Andrew Shinnie grabs a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-1 Inverness CT.
  • 66:49 Gregory Tade sends in a cross,
  • 65:05 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gregory Tade. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 64:03 Graeme Shinnie delivers the ball, clearance by Kyle Bartley.
  • 63:08 Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee McCulloch from left channel, clearance made by Richie Foran.
  • 63:08 Booking Lee Cox goes into the referee's book.
  • 62:59 Lee Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Sasa Papac.
  • 62:47 Sasa Papac takes a shot.
  • 61:38 Corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line played to the near post, Carlos Bocanegra produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
  • 61:32 The ball is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, Ross Tokely makes a clearance.
  • 60:51 Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 59:46 Substitution Greg Tansey goes off and Andrew Shinnie comes on.
  • 59:35 Effort from deep inside the area by Kyle Lafferty misses to the right of the target.
  • 58:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Sasa Papac. Direct free kick taken by Roman Golobart.
  • 57:26 Johnny Hayes produces a cross.
  • 57:13 Short corner taken by Greg Tansey.
  • 57:05 The ball is swung over by Graeme Shinnie, blocked by Steven Davis.
  • 56:13 The referee blows for offside. Ryan Esson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 56:07 The ball is delivered by Lee Wallace.
  • 55:54 The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:22 Assist by Nikica Jelavic.
  • 54:22 GOAL - Carlos BocanegraRangers 1 - 0 Inverness CT Carlos Bocanegra finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT.
  • 54:07 Steven Davis produces a cross, clearance made by Richie Foran.
  • 53:47 Inswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 53:40 Centre by Kyle Lafferty, blocked by Roman Golobart.
  • 53:27 Kyle Bartley takes a shot. Blocked by Kenny Gillet.
  • 52:59 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis, Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
  • 52:52 Centre by Lee Wallace, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
  • 51:53 Substitution Alejandro Bedoya goes off and Kyle Lafferty comes on.
  • 51:21 Steven Davis fouled by Greg Tansey, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the right of the target.
  • 49:49 Effort on goal by Greg Tansey from long range goes over the crossbar.
  • 48:25 The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace.
  • 47:14 The ball is swung over by Johnny Hayes.
  • 45:24 Unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick. Roman Golobart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:17 A cross is delivered by Steven Davis, Roman Golobart makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Lee McCulloch is brought on as a substitute for Maurice Edu.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:04 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:32 Johnny Hayes has a shot and went wide right of the net.
  • 43:17 Kenny Gillet concedes a free kick for a foul on Alejandro Bedoya. Steven Davis produces a cross, Headed effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 42:40 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Greg Tansey, Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 42:34 Greg Tansey crosses the ball, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.
  • 41:49 A cross is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
  • 40:32 Nikica Jelavic challenges Roman Golobart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Roman Golobart takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:38 The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, Ryan Esson makes a save.
  • 38:40 Effort from 35 yards by Steven Davis went wide right of the goal.
  • 35:49 Corner from the left by-line taken by Greg Tansey, Johnny Hayes has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 34:54 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Gregory Tade.
  • 34:27 Billy McKay concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Bartley. Kyle Bartley takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gregory Tade on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:15 Lee Cox delivers the ball, clearance made by Kyle Bartley.
  • 32:15 A cross is delivered by Steven Davis, Roman Golobart makes a clearance.
  • 30:47 Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:19 Centre by Johnny Hayes.
  • 28:10 Unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Richie Foran results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gregg Wylde.
  • 27:10 Gregg Wylde takes the inswinging corner, Nikica Jelavic has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 26:12 Gregory Tade is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 25:48 Johnny Hayes sends in a cross, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:47 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde, Roman Golobart makes a clearance.
  • 24:37 Centre by Nikica Jelavic, Roman Golobart makes a clearance.
  • 23:17 The ball is sent over by Richie Foran, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Bartley by Gregory Tade. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 20:47 The ball is sent over by Johnny Hayes, Gregg Wylde gets a block in.
  • 20:27 Short corner worked by Johnny Hayes.
  • 20:20 The ball is crossed by Graeme Shinnie, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:58 The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy McKay. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:28 Maurice Edu challenges Graeme Shinnie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Hayes.
  • 17:18 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, Roman Golobart manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:09 Maurice Edu fouled by Richie Foran, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:15 Corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gregory Tade.
  • 14:10 The ball is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, clearance by Ross Tokely.
  • 13:01 Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Nikica Jelavic on Lee Cox, free kick awarded. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:07 Unfair challenge on Lee Wallace by Kenny Gillet results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Nikica Jelavic from the free kick.
  • 11:28 Lee Cox produces a cross, save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 10:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Richie Foran. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gregg Wylde from right wing, clearance made by Roman Golobart.
  • 9:32 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker.
  • 9:04 Gregg Wylde sends in a cross, Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
  • 8:42 Gregg Wylde takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 8:33 Centre by Gregg Wylde, blocked by Kenny Gillet.
  • 8:08 Kenny Gillet produces a cross.
  • 7:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Tokely on Nikica Jelavic. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:03 Unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Graeme Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:54 Effort on goal by Gregory Tade from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 2:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Maurice Edu on Graeme Shinnie. Roman Golobart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:21 Graeme Shinnie sends in a cross.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 19 27 48
2 Celtic 18 22 41
3 Motherwell 18 5 34
4 St Johnstone 18 3 26
5 Hearts 19 6 25
6 Kilmarnock 18 -2 23
7 Dundee Utd 19 -5 22
8 St Mirren 19 -6 22
9 Aberdeen 19 -4 20
10 Inverness CT 19 -13 15
11 Hibernian 18 -13 14
12 Dunfermline 18 -20 14

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