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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 October 2006, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Rangers 1-1 Motherwell
By Julian Taylor

Rangers' Boyd (right) celebrates his goal with Barry Ferguson
Rangers' Boyd (right) celebrates his goal with Barry Ferguson
Motherwell earned a point at Ibrox in a well-organised and determined display against a lacklustre Rangers.

Kris Boyd opened the scoring in the 36th minute for Paul le Guen's side, but Rangers failed to build on their lead, playing anxiously throughout.

Motherwell regrouped in the second half, and Brian Kerr equalised after 50 minutes with a low shot.

The visitors had a late penalty claim waved aside when Brahim Hemdani impeded Scott McDonald, but stalemate ensued.

Spanish striker Nacho Novo was rewarded for his winner against St Mirren with a starting place at the expense of Dado Prso, as Le Guen opted to rotate his playing pool.

Jeremy Clement returned from a month-long knee injury to be named as a substitute along with Phil Bardsley, who was back in the squad after a breach of discipline.

Motherwell manager Maurice Malpas went with an unchanged side following their narrow defeat at Celtic last week.

Rangers started brightly, with Novo and Boyd combining to good effect.

The Light Blues could have taken the lead when Barry Ferguson set the sprightly Novo free only for his shot to flash wide.

Apart from a speculative Steven McGarry effort, Motherwell were largely on the defensive throughout the first half, with Rangers seeking to open them up.

Referee Charlie Richmond ignored a Boyd penalty claim after a challenge by Mark Reynolds.

The in-form Boyd went close, driving a shot inches wide from a Steven Smith corner.

But the Scotland striker got his reward in the 36th minute when he broke the Steelmen's resistance with a well-worked goal.

Thomas Buffel and Barry Ferguson combined from a corner, and with the Well defence hesitant, Boyd spung inside the six-yard box to head the Belgians' flighted cross past Colin Meldrum.

However, the Lanarkshire outfit were not to be deterred, and they came out positively in the second half against a pedestrian home side.

Brian Kerr
Goalscorer Brian Kerr helped inspire Motherwell at Ibrox

And, shocking the home fans, they levelled five minutes after the restart.

Scott McDonald did well to work his way down the left flank, and his pass, via McGarry, fell to midfielder Kerr, who shot - with the aid of a slight deflection - past Lionel Letizi.

Le Guen attempted to freshen things up, and sent on fans' favourite Prso for Charlie Adam.

Motherwell's confidence grew, and Rangers elected to make another switch, with Filip Sebo replacing Novo.

The Slovakian was on the pitch only moments before he appeared to be tripped just inside the box by Keith Lasley but no penalty was given and the Rangers supporters erupted in fury.

The Ibrox side looked to conjure up a winner in the closing stages, but were lacking the necessary invention.

Hemdani clashed with McDonald in injury time with Well looking for a spot kick, but both sides had to settle for a point apiece.

Rangers, following another set of points dropped at home, are now forced to contemplate the possibility of Celtic stretching the gap to 12 points with a win tomorrow at Kilmarnock.

Rangers: Letizi, Hutton, Rodriguez, Papac, Smith, Ferguson, Hemdani, Adam (Prso 70), Novo (Sebo 78), Kris Boyd, Buffel. Subs Not Used: McGregor, Clement, Rae, Bardsley, Svensson.

Goal: Kris Boyd 36.

Motherwell: Meldrum, Quinn, Craigan, Reynolds, Paterson (Fitzpatrick 85), McGarry (McBride 77), Kerr, Lasley, Foran, Elliot, McDonald. Subs Not Used: Graeme Smith, Kinniburgh, Connolly, Coakley.

Booked: Quinn, Paterson, McDonald.

Goal: Kerr 50.

Att: 49,785

Ref: C Richmond



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