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Rangers   2 - 1   Kilmarnock

Rangers v Kilmarnock

Highlights - Rangers 2-1 Kilmarnock

By Andy Campbell

Rangers opened the defence of their Scottish Premier League title with a narrow win against a determined Kilmarnock side at Ibrox.

A bizarre goal that rebounded into the net off Kenny Miller's back gave the home side the lead on 16 minutes.

Steven Naismith scored against his former club to double Rangers' advantage early in the second half.

Jamie Hamill stroked home a penalty for Killie after Sasa Papac had fouled James Dayton, but Rangers held on.

Both sides handed debuts to recent signings, with Rangers' sole capture of the summer so far, James Beattie, starting and David Mendes Da Silva, Ben Gordon and James Dayton all taking the field for the visitors.

Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston had unfurled the flag to mark last season's title win before kick-off and, when the match got underway, the hosts looked determined to get the new campaign off to a positive start.

Miller forced Cammy Bell to make a crucial interception early on and then headed wide from Madjid Bougherra's high, hanging cross.

Steven Naismith and David Mendes Da Silva
Winger Da Silva was one of three Kilmarnock debutants

The striker then fired towards goal from Kirk Broadfoot's disguised pass at a free-kick, but the shot was deflected wide.

However, from the resulting corner, the hosts made the breakthrough as Broadfoot's low shot was blocked on the line by Gordon and James Fowler's attempted clearance rebounded off Miller's back and into the net.

Kilmarnock, being managed for the first time by Mixu Paatelainen, tried to respond and Da Silva's corner found the unmarked Fowler, but the midfielder's volley was deflected wide by Miller.

Beattie was denied a debut goal when his volley from Steven Whittaker's knock-down was palmed away by Bell's superb point-blank save.

Danny Invincibile caused uncertainty in the Rangers defence when he got in between David Weir and goalkeeper Allan McGregor to chase an incisive cross, but the latter scrambled the ball clear.

Invincibile was then inches away from connecting at the back post as a teasing low cross was deflected just out of the Australian's reach.

The Ayrshire side continued to enjoy possession in dangerous areas, but Rangers weathered the storm until the break.

A slip by Frazer Wright at the start of the second half gave Beattie a clear run at goal, but the striker took too long to get his shot away and Bell made the save.

Wright then deflected a Kyle Lafferty shot on to the post as Rangers looked to double their lead.

Continued pressure from Rangers saw Naismith having a drive from distance that Bell claimed at the second attempt.

But the former Rugby Park player did not have to wait much longer for his first goal of the campaign as he latched on to Miller's pass over the top of the Killie defence and lashed home from inside the six-yard box.

Almost immediately, Kilmarnock were given the chance to reduce their deficit as Papac was adjudged to have pushed Dayton in the area and Hamill calmly stroked home the spot-kick.

Another Lafferty shot was blocked and almost seized upon by Miller, but some frantic defending by the visitors ushered the ball clear.

Rangers seemed intent on keeping the ball high up the park to stave off the threat of an equaliser and a patient series of passes ended with Whittaker dragging a shot wide.

Killie failed to make the most of the possession they had in the closing stages as Rangers saw out the win.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 2-1 Kilmarnock FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Miller 16
  • Naismith 57
  • Hamill (pen) 60

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 04 Broadfoot
  • 05 Papac
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 07 Edu
  • 09 Miller
  • 11 Lafferty
  • 14 Naismith
  • 19 Beattie (Hutton 80)

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 23 McMillan,
  • 39 Wylde,
  • 37 Shinnie,
  • 17 Velicka,
  • 29 Little,
  • 41 Hutton

Kilmarnock

  • 13 Bell
  • 04 Fowler yellow card
  • 05 Wright
  • 16 Gordon
  • 07 Bryson
  • 08 Hamill
  • 11 Invincibile (Sammon 83)
  • 14 Silva (Hay 58)
  • 22 Kelly
  • 23 Dayton
  • 29 Pascali

Substitutes

  • 21 Letheren,
  • 03 Hay,
  • 12 Old,
  • 26 Brown,
  • 17 Owens,
  • 24 Doyle,
  • 18 Sammon
Ref: CollumAtt: 45,739
RANGERS
KILMARNOCK

Possession

  • Rangers 54%
  • Kilmarnock 46%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 12
  • Kilmarnock 3

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 8
  • Kilmarnock 4

Corners

  • Rangers 12
  • Kilmarnock 6

Fouls

  • Rangers 14
  • Kilmarnock 9
  • Final Result
  • 93:45 The referee gets the match started.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:28 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 90:00+1:51 Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 90:00+1:31 Jamie Hamill crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Manuel Pascali misses to the right of the target.
  • 90:00+1:15 The ball is crossed by Garry Hay, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:07 Attacking throw-in by Craig Bryson (Kilmarnock).
  • 90:00+0:56 James Fowler fouled by Kenny Miller, the ref awards a free kick. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 89:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Kyle Lafferty. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
  • 89:06 Corner taken short by Kyle Lafferty.
  • 88:27 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 88:03 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 87:29 Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 87:19 The ball is swung over by Garry Hay, blocked by Kyle Lafferty.
  • 87:04 Jamie Hamill sends in a cross, Kyle Lafferty makes a clearance.
  • 84:53 James Dayton takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 84:22 Foul by Kyle Hutton on Liam Kelly, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
  • 83:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Craig Bryson. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:56 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).
  • 82:15 Substitution (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Conor Sammon coming on for Daniele Invincibile.
  • 82:00 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Steven Whittaker goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 79:57 Substitution Kyle Hutton on for James Beattie.
  • 79:43 Kyle Lafferty produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 79:04 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, James Fowler manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:42 Corner taken by Kyle Lafferty from the right by-line, clearance by Daniele Invincibile.
  • 78:35 The ball is crossed by Kyle Lafferty, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
  • 78:09 Madjid Bougherra crosses the ball, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:37 Kirk Broadfoot delivers the ball, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
  • 77:04 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kyle Lafferty, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:50 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 74:58 Kyle Lafferty has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 74:58 Booking James Fowler goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by James Fowler.
  • 74:21 The ball is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, Cameron Bell makes a save.
  • 74:01 Kenny Miller fouled by Jamie Hamill, the ref awards a free kick. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:14 Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball.
  • 72:38 Corner taken by Steven Naismith from the left by-line, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
  • 71:53 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Naismith from the right by-line, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
  • 71:34 The ball is sent over by Steven Naismith, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Manuel Pascali gets a block in.
  • 71:29 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 71:20 Centre by Kirk Broadfoot, blocked by Garry Hay.
  • 71:10 Kirk Broadfoot produces a cross, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
  • 69:53 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 69:31 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 69:19 Effort on goal by Maurice Edu from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 69:10 The ball is delivered by James Beattie, Frazer Wright gets a block in.
  • 68:39 The ball is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, clearance made by Jamie Hamill.
  • 68:22 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 67:11 Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Madjid Bougherra results in a free kick. Frazer Wright takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by James Fowler. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:47 Defending throw-in by Frazer Wright (Kilmarnock).
  • 64:01 Madjid Bougherra sends in a cross, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:53 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 62:42 Shot by Kenny Miller from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 62:33 The ball is swung over by Kyle Lafferty, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
  • 62:04 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
  • 61:43 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 61:23 The ball is swung over by Craig Bryson.
  • 61:15 Jamie Hamill produces a cross, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 60:38 Centre by Sasa Papac.
  • 60:19 Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
  • 59:32 GOAL - Jamie HamillRangers 2 - 1 Kilmarnock Penalty taken right-footed by Jamie Hamill and scored. Rangers 2-1 Kilmarnock.
  • 58:39 The ball is sent over by Ben Gordon, Penalty awarded for a foul by Sasa Papac on James Dayton.
  • 57:51 Substitution David Silva goes off and Garry Hay comes on.
  • 56:59 Assist on the goal came from Kenny Miller.
  • 56:59 GOAL - Steven NaismithRangers 2 - 0 Kilmarnock Steven Naismith grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 2-0 Kilmarnock.
  • 56:50 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 55:28 Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
  • 55:21 A cross is delivered by Steven Naismith.
  • 54:47 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).
  • 54:17 Corner taken by Steven Naismith from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Hamill.
  • 53:27 Foul by Sasa Papac on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 53:18 The ball is swung over by Kyle Lafferty.
  • 52:47 Attacking throw-in by Maurice Edu (Rangers).
  • 52:11 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 52:04 The ball is swung over by James Beattie, clearance made by Frazer Wright.
  • 51:29 Attacking throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 50:54 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Blocked by Frazer Wright.
  • 50:00 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 49:51 Shot by James Beattie from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 49:35 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
  • 48:31 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 48:18 James Beattie takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
  • 47:39 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).
  • 47:24 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).
  • 45:27 Unfair challenge on James Beattie by Frazer Wright results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:35 Jamie Hamill delivers the ball.
  • 45:00+0:54 The ball is delivered by Ben Gordon, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:06 Foul by Daniele Invincibile on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 45:00 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 44:24 Kenny Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel Pascali. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 44:16 Kirk Broadfoot crosses the ball, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:39 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).
  • 43:32 The ball is crossed by Kyle Lafferty, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
  • 42:15 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 41:58 Effort on goal by David Silva from long range goes over the bar.
  • 41:36 The ball is sent over by James Beattie, clearance made by Frazer Wright.
  • 41:25 James Beattie fouled by Ben Gordon, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Whittaker takes the free kick.
  • 41:17 Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).
  • 40:53 Craig Bryson takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Naismith.
  • 40:11 Corner from right by-line taken by David Silva.
  • 40:03 Craig Bryson sends in a cross, Sasa Papac gets a block in.
  • 39:37 Craig Bryson takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
  • 39:08 David Silva decides to take the corner short.
  • 39:01 The ball is sent over by Jamie Hamill, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:31 Kenny Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali. Frazer Wright takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:09 Centre by James Dayton, clearance by Sasa Papac.
  • 32:03 Centre by Kyle Lafferty, save made by Cameron Bell.
  • 30:35 A cross is delivered by James Fowler, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 29:42 James Beattie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:16 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 29:11 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 28:15 Attacking throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 27:34 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
  • 26:46 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 26:33 The ball is delivered by Jamie Hamill, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:24 A cross is delivered by Daniele Invincibile.
  • 26:19 Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).
  • 26:09 The ball is crossed by Ben Gordon, Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
  • 25:08 Foul by James Fowler on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded. Steven Whittaker has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 24:45 James Beattie takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a fantastic save.
  • 24:41 Kyle Lafferty sends in a cross.
  • 24:20 The ball is delivered by Kyle Lafferty.
  • 24:06 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 23:24 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Dayton played to the near post.
  • 22:37 Corner from the left by-line taken by David Silva, James Fowler takes a shot. Blocked by Kenny Miller.
  • 22:10 Foul by Sasa Papac on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Jamie Hamill. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
  • 20:08 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 18:13 The ball is sent over by Jamie Hamill, Manuel Pascali takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 17:52 Inswinging corner taken by James Dayton from the right by-line played to the near post, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.
  • 17:25 Corner taken left-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 17:20 Ben Gordon produces a cross, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
  • 16:59 Attacking throw-in by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).
  • 15:59 Assist on the goal came from Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 15:59 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 1 - 0 Kilmarnock Kenny Miller gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Kilmarnock.
  • 15:40 Kirk Broadfoot takes a shot. Jamie Hamill gets a block in.
  • 15:19 Steven Naismith takes a outswinging corner.
  • 15:13 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, Ben Gordon gets a block in.
  • 14:35 Kyle Lafferty sends in a cross.
  • 14:18 Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Naismith, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
  • 13:27 Daniele Invincibile concedes a free kick for a foul on Madjid Bougherra. The ball is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, Kenny Miller takes a shot. Jamie Hamill gets a block in.
  • 12:59 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Naismith played to the near post.
  • 12:46 Attacking throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 12:40 The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, blocked by Jamie Hamill.
  • 11:47 Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).
  • 11:15 Steven Whittaker produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 10:27 Defending throw-in by Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers).
  • 9:59 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 9:27 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker.
  • 8:59 Corner taken by Steven Naismith from the right by-line played to the near post, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
  • 8:35 Steven Naismith takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Liam Kelly manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:29 Sasa Papac produces a cross.
  • 7:52 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Naismith played to the near post, clearance made by James Fowler.
  • 7:14 The ball is swung over by James Dayton.
  • 6:37 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 5:02 The ball is delivered by James Dayton, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 4:32 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 4:03 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dayton. Liam Kelly crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 3:31 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 2:59 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 2:42 Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Kenny Miller misses to the right of the goal.
  • 2:31 Kyle Lafferty produces a cross.
  • 1:35 James Beattie fouled by Ben Gordon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Whittaker, Jamie Hamill makes a clearance.
  • 1:22 A cross is delivered by James Beattie, Cameron Bell makes a save.
  • 1:07 Attacking throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 0:56 The referee blows for offside against Daniele Invincibile. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

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