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Rangers   2 - 1   St Johnstone

Kenny Miller wheels away in celebration
Miller scored the winner for Rangers after 79 minutes

By Clive Lindsay

Kenny Miller's fifth goal of the season broke St Johnstone's stiff resistance as champions Rangers took over at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

The visitors took a deserved lead after 25 minutes with a blistering long-range drive from Danny Grainger.

But Kevin Rutkiewicz failed to prevent Sasa Papac's side-footed effort crossing the line eight minutes later.

Rangers dominated after the break and Miller finished clinically after Lee McCulloch threaded the ball through.

The reigning champions had been the better side in the early moments, but a powerful free-kick from Papac that was well smothered by goalkeeper Graeme Smith was their only real threat.

Chris Millar and Danny Grainger celebrate
Grainger (right) put St Johnstone ahead at Ibrox

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes had made three changes from the midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup win over Morton, with Steven Anderson, Jody Morris and Marcus Haber replacing Sam Parkin, Scott Dobie and Cleveland Taylor.

And Haber was particularly impressive, finding space behind the home defence and goalkeeper Allan McGregor had to block an effort from the Canadian at the near post.

St Johnstone were forced to make a change after 20 minutes when Murray Davidson was stretchered off after a clash of heads with team-mate Haber and was replaced with Liam Caddis.

However, Saints were not knocked out of their collective stride against a stuttering Rangers and went ahead when Morris found Grainger with a well-worked corner and the defender's drive flew past McGregor from 25 yards.

The lead only lasted eight minutes and it was a bit of a scrappy affair.

While fellow new signing Nikica Jelavic had to make do with a place on Rangers' bench, Vladimir Weiss had been handed his first start for Rangers in place of the suspended Kyle Lafferty and the on-loan Manchester City winger was proving to be the home side's most creative force.

The Slovak's cross found the head of Stevie Naismith and, although goalkeeper Smith touched it on to the near post, Papac slid in to direct the ball towards the line then Rutkiewicz could do no more than help the ball over the line in his attempt to clear.

That spurred on the home side. But, although they increased the pressure, a shot on the turn from McCulloch, who had started in central midfield in place of Maurice Edu, that bobbled into the arms of Smith was the closest they came before the break.

Rangers began the second half where they had left off and McCulloch fired a few yards wide from 18 yards.

With Rangers having failed to make the breakthrough, Jelavic was given that long-awaited debut following his protracted £4m move from Rapid Vienna, taking the place of James Beattie.

The Croat immediately created an opening with a clever chip to Naismith, but the Scotland forward headed straight at former Rangers goalkeeper Smith from 10 yards.

Rangers finally made their pressure tell after 79 minutes, when McCulloch threaded a lovely ball through to Miller, who calmly turned it into the far corner with the outside of his boot from 15 yards.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 2-1 St Johnstone FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Papac 33
  • Miller 79
  • Grainger 25

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac yellow card
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 06 McCulloch yellow card
  • 08 Davis
  • 20 Weiss yellow card (Edu 83)
  • 09 Miller
  • 14 Naismith
  • 19 Beattie (Jelavic 67)

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 04 Broadfoot,
  • 23 McMillan,
  • 07 Edu,
  • 18 Jelavic,
  • 29 Little,
  • 41 Hutton

St Johnstone

  • 15 Smith
  • 03 Grainger
  • 05 Rutkiewicz
  • 06 Duberry
  • 12 Anderson yellow card (Dobie 86)
  • 19 Maybury
  • 04 Morris
  • 07 Millar
  • 20 Davidson (Caddis 18)
  • 21 Samuel yellow card (Taylor 72)
  • 27 Haber

Substitutes

  • 01 Enckelman,
  • 17 Gartland,
  • 37 Caddis,
  • 11 Taylor,
  • 32 May,
  • 09 Parkin,
  • 18 Dobie
Ref: MurrayAtt: 46,109
RANGERS
ST JOHNSTONE

Possession

  • Rangers 49%
  • St Johnstone 51%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 10
  • St Johnstone 3

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 5
  • St Johnstone 3

Corners

  • Rangers 1
  • St Johnstone 3

Fouls

  • Rangers 13
  • St Johnstone 14
  • Final Result
  • 94:43 The referee gets the game underway.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:32 Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Sasa Papac sends in a cross, Steven Davis has a volleyed shot. Kevin Rutkiewicz gets a block in.
  • 90:00+1:56 Header by Marcus Haber from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 90:00+1:03 Goal kick taken long by Graeme Smith (St Johnstone).
  • 90:00 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 89:41 Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 87:25 Scott Dobie takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 87:04 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 86:29 The offside flag is raised against Kenny Miller. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:01 Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 85:01 Substitution Scott Dobie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Anderson.
  • 84:08 Attacking throw-in by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
  • 83:31 Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 82:25 Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 82:25 Substitution Vladimir Weiss leaves the field to be replaced by Maurice Edu.
  • 82:25 Booking Lee McCulloch is cautioned.
  • 82:18 Liam Caddis fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 80:07 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:18 The assist for the goal came from Lee McCulloch.
  • 78:18 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 2 - 1 St Johnstone Kenny Miller scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 2-1 St Johnstone.
  • 76:20 Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Graeme Smith.
  • 76:20 Booking Steven Anderson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 76:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Steven Anderson.
  • 74:07 Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Vladimir Weiss produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 73:40 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
  • 72:37 Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
  • 70:53 Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
  • 70:53 Substitution Collin Samuel leaves the field to be replaced by Cleveland Taylor.
  • 70:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Collin Samuel.
  • 70:16 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
  • 69:43 Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
  • 69:43 Booking Vladimir Weiss goes into the book for dissent.
  • 69:32 Foul by Vladimir Weiss on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded.
  • 69:11 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 68:12 A cross is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, Steven Naismith takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 67:14 Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 66:29 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
  • 66:29 Substitution James Beattie goes off and Nikica Jelavic comes on.
  • 65:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Duberry on Madjid Bougherra. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 65:33 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
  • 64:38 Vladimir Weiss takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 63:04 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 61:13 Goal kick taken long by Graeme Smith (St Johnstone).
  • 61:02 Attacking throw-in by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers).
  • 60:13 Sasa Papac challenges Liam Caddis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
  • 59:20 Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:20 Booking Collin Samuel is booked.
  • 59:11 Collin Samuel concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir.
  • 58:48 The referee penalises Steven Naismith for handball. Jody Morris takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:03 Goal kick taken long by Graeme Smith (St Johnstone).
  • 56:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis by Chris Millar. Shot comes in from Steven Davis from the free kick, blocked by Daniel Grainger.
  • 55:46 Goal kick taken long by Graeme Smith (St Johnstone).
  • 55:36 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 53:25 Lee McCulloch challenges Daniel Grainger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jody Morris takes the free kick.
  • 52:42 Goal kick taken long by Graeme Smith (St Johnstone).
  • 51:53 Kevin Rutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, Kevin Rutkiewicz makes a clearance.
  • 51:15 Chris Millar challenges Sasa Papac unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Vladimir Weiss, Kevin Rutkiewicz makes a clearance.
  • 50:39 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
  • 49:56 The referee blows for offside against James Beattie. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
  • 48:53 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
  • 48:12 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Lee McCulloch misses to the left of the target.
  • 45:49 The referee blows for offside against Kenny Miller. Michael Duberry takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:23 Attacking throw-in by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kenny Miller. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+4:24 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 45:00+4:00 Shot by Lee McCulloch. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 45:00+3:35 Attacking throw-in by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers).
  • 45:00+2:58 Attacking throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 45:00+1:33 Alan Maybury fouled by Kenny Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 45:00+0:18 Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Free kick crossed by Vladimir Weiss.
  • 45:00 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 43:52 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 43:17 Goal kick taken long by Graeme Smith (St Johnstone).
  • 43:05 Attacking throw-in by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers).
  • 42:18 Defending throw-in by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
  • 41:33 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
  • 40:30 Attacking throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 39:55 Vladimir Weiss has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 39:32 Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:56 Michael Duberry fouled by Kenny Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 37:54 Jody Morris fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 36:45 Vladimir Weiss takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
  • 35:46 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 35:13 James Beattie produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 34:42 Effort from outside the penalty box by Liam Caddis goes wide left of the goal.
  • 32:26 Steven Naismith provided the assist for the goal.
  • 32:26 GOAL - Sasa PapacRangers 1 - 1 St Johnstone Sasa Papac gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-1 St Johnstone.
  • 31:59 Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball,
  • 31:15 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
  • 29:27 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 28:58 Unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.
  • 27:02 Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing, Unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:02 Booking Sasa Papac receives a caution.
  • 26:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sasa Papac on Marcus Haber.
  • 26:12 James Beattie takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 24:25 Assist by Jody Morris.
  • 24:25 GOAL - Daniel GraingerRangers 0 - 1 St Johnstone Daniel Grainger finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 0-1 St Johnstone.
  • 23:21 Unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by David Weir results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, blocked by Vladimir Weiss. Jody Morris takes a outswinging corner.
  • 22:01 Vladimir Weiss takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 21:30 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 21:22 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 20:25 Attacking throw-in by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
  • 17:36 Substitution Liam Caddis on for Murray Davidson.
  • 14:10 Vladimir Weiss takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 12:21 The offside flag is raised against Marcus Haber. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 11:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller by Steven Anderson. Kenny Miller restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:25 Goal kick taken short by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 9:50 Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. Short corner worked by Daniel Grainger.
  • 8:48 Marcus Haber fouled by Madjid Bougherra, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
  • 8:01 The referee blows for offside against Marcus Haber. David Weir takes the indirect free kick.
  • 6:44 Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Rangers).
  • 6:26 Attacking throw-in by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).
  • 4:29 Jody Morris produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 4:01 Collin Samuel fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:09 Defending throw-in by Daniel Grainger (St Johnstone).
  • 1:59 Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac, James Beattie takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Graeme Smith.

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Scottish Premier results

28 Aug 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 3 5 9
2 Celtic 2 5 6
3 Aberdeen 3 4 6
4 Hearts 2 4 4
5 Inverness CT 3 2 3
6 Motherwell 2 0 3
7 Kilmarnock 3 -1 3
8 Hibernian 2 -2 3
9 Hamilton 3 -7 3
10 St Johnstone 3 -2 1
11 Dundee Utd 2 -4 1
12 St Mirren 2 -4 1

see also
Smith hope for stuttering Rangers
28 Aug 10 |  Rangers
McInnes blast at Rangers winner
28 Aug 10 |  St Johnstone
Saturday's Scottish football as it happened
28 Aug 10 |  Scottish Premier


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