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Hamilton   1 - 2   Rangers

Hamilton v Rangers

Highlights - Hamilton 1-2 Rangers

By Andy Campbell

Kenny Miller's seventh goal of the season gave Rangers a last-minute win over a battling Hamilton Accies side.

Nikica Jelavic headed home his first Rangers goal early on and the visitors maintained their lead until the break.

Accies had competed well in the opening period and were rewarded for their efforts when Madjid Bougherra's own goal levelled matters.

But substitute Miller's lob restored the champions' lead and their 100% Scottish Premier League record.

Watched by Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson, the match was Rangers' last before beginning their Champions League campaign at Old Trafford on Tuesday, while Hamilton were looking to build on their recent win over Inverness.

Referee Alan Muir ignored early penalty claims from the home crowd after Nigel Hasselbaink was squeezed out by David Weir and Sasa Papac just inside the area.

Jelavic was making his full debut for the Ibrox side and, within six minutes, the Croatian had found the net after bulleting Kyle Lafferty's teasing cross into the net.

Hamilton rallied and came close to an equaliser twice in quick succession.

First, Marco Paixao's curling shot was tipped over by Allan McGregor and the goalkeeper then held a deflected shot by Jon Routledge.

Marco Paixao continued to cause Rangers problems and flashed an effort wide after cutting in from the left.

Jelavic turned provider with a low cross across the Accies box, but strike partner James Beattie could not get the vital touch.

A series of lofted balls into the Rangers box ended with Simon Mensing flicking a backwards header towards goal, but McGregor was on hand to claim.

Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic
Jelavic notched his first Rangers goal in the first half

Jelavic shot wide via a deflection on the half-hour mark shortly before being caught late by Jim Goodwin, resulting in a booking for the Hamilton debutant.

Cerny palmed an awkward deflected shot by Jelavic into the path of Beattie, but the Englishman could not turn his rebound into the net.

Kirk Broadfoot limped off shortly before the break after failing to recover from an earlier knock and Ricky Foster made his first Rangers appearance after joining on loan from Aberdeen.

The versatile defender was caught cold when his tame headed clearance let Hasselbaink in on goal and McGregor was required to make a last-ditch save to deny the former PSV Eindhoven player.

Hamilton got themselves level 11 minutes after the break when Bougherra turned Marco Paixao's cross into his own net.

Steven Naismith's powerful drive was beaten out by Cerny as Rangers tried to regain the advantage.

Accies continued to pose a threat on the break and one such attack saw Flavio Paixao's curling shot deflect just wide of the target.

Top scorer Miller was introduced from the Rangers bench as Lafferty was withdrawn and the striker set up Jelavic with a neat lay-off, but Cerny saved well.

Steven Davis dragged a shot wide from distance as Rangers pressed for a late leveller.

But Miller did find the net after latching on to fellow substitute Lee McCulloch's intelligent through ball, despite Cerny getting a hand to the shot.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 1-2 Rangers FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Bougherra (og) 56
  • Jelavic 6
  • Miller 90

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 04 Canning
  • 05 Graham yellow card
  • 12 Buchanan
  • 02 Goodwin yellow card
  • 22 Routledge
  • 27 Mensing
  • 07 Imrie
  • 18 Flavio Paixao
  • 21 Paixao
  • 30 Hasselbaink (Casalinuovo 61)

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 03 Skelton,
  • 08 McDonald,
  • 24 Gillepsie,
  • 09 Casalinuovo,
  • 15 Lyle,
  • 16 Thomas

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 04 Broadfoot (Foster 42)
  • 05 Papac yellow card
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 07 Edu
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Lafferty (Miller 72)
  • 14 Naismith yellow card
  • 18 Jelavic
  • 19 Beattie (McCulloch 66)

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 12 Foster,
  • 06 McCulloch,
  • 20 Weiss,
  • 09 Miller,
  • 29 Little,
  • 41 Hutton
Ref: MuirAtt: 5,356
HAMILTON
RANGERS

Possession

  • Hamilton 47%
  • Rangers 53%

Attempts on target

  • Hamilton 3
  • Rangers 6

Attempts off target

  • Hamilton 3
  • Rangers 1

Corners

  • Hamilton 4
  • Rangers 6

Fouls

  • Hamilton 17
  • Rangers 18
  • Final Result
  • 93:28 The referee gets the game started.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+1:25 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Davis, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
  • 90:00 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 89:02 The assist for the goal came from Lee McCulloch.
  • 89:02 GOAL - Kenny MillerHamilton 1 - 2 Rangers Kenny Miller scores a brilliant goal from just outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Hamilton 1-2 Rangers.
  • 88:21 The referee gives a free kick against Steven Naismith for handball. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
  • 87:41 Unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 87:09 Foul by Douglas Imrie on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
  • 86:00 Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 86:00 Booking Sasa Papac receives a caution.
  • 85:51 Sasa Papac challenges Flavio Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 85:28 Unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Douglas Imrie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 83:35 Kenny Miller is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 81:00 Foul by Andy Graham on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. Maurice Edu crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 80:24 The referee blows for offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 78:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Marco Paixao. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:56 Free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 77:56 Booking Andy Graham receives a yellow card.
  • 77:50 Sasa Papac fouled by Andy Graham, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 76:06 Nikica Jelavic has an effort at goal. Tomas Cerny gets a block in.
  • 75:45 Foul by Flavio Paixao on Lee McCulloch, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 74:49 The referee blows for offside. Richard Foster takes the free kick.
  • 73:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee McCulloch on Douglas Imrie. Free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
  • 70:26 Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
  • 70:26 Substitution Kenny Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kyle Lafferty.
  • 70:26 Booking Steven Naismith is shown a yellow card.
  • 70:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Naismith on Douglas Imrie.
  • 69:38 Corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Martin Canning results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:30 Foul by Maurice Edu on Andy Graham, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right wing, Allan McGregor makes a brilliant save.
  • 67:47 Marco Paixao produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 65:21 Substitution James Beattie goes off and Lee McCulloch comes on.
  • 63:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Douglas Imrie. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:43 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Davis, clearance made by Simon Mensing.
  • 62:30 Steven Naismith produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Brilliant save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 60:45 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Damian Casalinuovo coming on for Nigel Hasselbaink.
  • 59:25 Jonathon Routledge challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Naismith.
  • 57:59 Richard Foster challenges Marco Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Flavio Paixao restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:51 Assist on the goal came from Marco Paixao.
  • 55:51 GOAL - Madjid BougherraHamilton 1 - 1 Rangers Madjid Bougherra puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Hamilton 1-1 Rangers.
  • 55:51 Marco Paixao sends in a cross,
  • 54:32 James Beattie concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Canning. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, Flavio Paixao makes a clearance.
  • 53:16 Steven Davis takes the outswinging corner, Flavio Paixao manages to make a clearance.
  • 52:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Beattie on Simon Mensing. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:28 Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Simon Mensing takes the free kick.
  • 46:15 Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
  • 45:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Paixao by Richard Foster. David Buchanan takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00 The match has reached half-time.
  • 44:51 Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on Madjid Bougherra. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 44:28 Corner from the right by-line taken by Douglas Imrie, Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 44:17 Nigel Hasselbaink has a drilled shot. Fantastic save by Allan McGregor.
  • 43:32 Steven Naismith fouled by Jonathon Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Naismith.
  • 42:15 Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
  • 41:34 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Richard Foster coming on for Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 41:20 Effort on goal by Nigel Hasselbaink from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 39:45 Flavio Paixao is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
  • 39:06 Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny. Effort from inside the six-yard box by James Beattie goes wide right of the target.
  • 37:52 Marco Paixao is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 37:38 Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
  • 36:43 Madjid Bougherra fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 32:42 David Weir takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:12 Booking Jim Goodwin goes into the book.
  • 32:02 Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic.
  • 30:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Sasa Papac. Douglas Imrie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 30:12 Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Davis, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
  • 29:56 Shot by Nikica Jelavic. Martin Canning gets a block in.
  • 27:05 Simon Mensing takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
  • 26:38 Short corner taken by Marco Paixao.
  • 25:57 Kyle Lafferty challenges Andy Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 25:26 Nikica Jelavic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Canning. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:16 Andy Graham fouled by Kyle Lafferty, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Graham takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Jim Goodwin. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 18:09 Nigel Hasselbaink handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Steven Naismith takes the free kick.
  • 17:24 Marco Paixao produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 16:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Douglas Imrie. Sasa Papac crosses the ball in from the free kick, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:10 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line.
  • 14:46 Shot by Marco Paixao. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 14:26 Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Maurice Edu. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
  • 11:28 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Flavio Paixao, free kick awarded. Andy Graham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Douglas Imrie on Maurice Edu. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 8:29 Sasa Papac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right wing, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.
  • 5:34 Kyle Lafferty provided the assist for the goal.
  • 5:34 GOAL - Nikica JelavicHamilton 0 - 1 Rangers Nikica Jelavic grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Hamilton 0-1 Rangers.
  • 3:13 Unfair challenge on Simon Mensing by James Beattie results in a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:26 The referee blows for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

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

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