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Rangers   4 - 0   Hamilton

Rangers v Hamilton

Highlights - Rangers 4-0 Hamilton

Rangers enjoyed a comfortable win over injury-hit Hamilton as they cut Celtic's lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League to five points.

Rangers winger Vladimir Weiss was in entertaining form, the Slovak firing the home side ahead in 25 minutes then being scythed down for a penalty.

Steven Whittaker confidently scored from the spot before Weiss added a third from a free-kick.

Maurice Edu scored Rangers' fourth, shooting past helpless Tomas Cerny.

As manager Walter Smith had said on Friday, Kenny Miller was back in a Rangers jersey after being left out of the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock on Monday while he holds talks with Birmingham and Fiorentina.

His presence was bad news for Hamilton manager Billy Reid who was without suspended duo Simon Mensing and Jim McAlister following their red cards in the defeat to Celtic midweek.

In addition, Mark McLaughlin, Martin Canning, David Buchanan, Gary McDonald, Alex Neil and James Gibson were out injured.

As James McCarthy and Brian Easton can attest, Reid has never hesitated to give youth a chance and at Ibrox he began with 17-year-old Michael Devlin and Lee Kilday, a year older, in a five-man defence completed by David Elebert, Andy Graham and Gavin Skelton.

There were long odds on a depleted Accies side taking anything from a side 10 places above them in the league and so it proved, though the Lanarkshire side kept the Light Blues at bay for 25 minutes.

Cerny's goal came under fire several times before Weiss made the breakthrough, with an early Lee McCulloch shot from 25 yards being deflected wide and a Steven Davis free-kick going over the bar from 30 yards.

Davis smacked a shot just wide with fellow countryman Kyle Lafferty begging for the ball to be passed to him for a tap-in, then Vladimir Weiss lifted the home crowd at a rain-lashed Ibrox by swishing past three Accies defenders only to have his shot deflected for a corner.

Cerny parried another McCulloch drive before he was finally beaten by the Slovak Weiss, who ignored the pressing of Kilday and rifled a 25-yard shot into the corner of the net.

The Accies keeper saved well at the feet of Lafferty seconds later but there was nothing the impressive keeper could do when Elebert dived in on Weiss.

Whittaker's confidence was high after scoring Rangers' third from the spot against Kilmarnock and the former Hibs full-back made no mistake, scoring his team's second.

The Paixao twins offered the small band of fans in red and white most hope, though Marco's shot from 35 yards did not trouble Allan McGregor and Flavio, though he did well to forge his way into a dangerous position, had his cross plucked out of the air by the Rangers number one.

Cerny tipped a header over the bar from Rangers' lanky striker Kyle Lafferty but the goalie was flummoxed on the stroke of half-time when Miller ran across the face of Accies' defence, stepped over the ball and Weiss's free-kick rolled into the far corner of the net - Rangers' thousandth SPL goal.

After a dull opening to the second half Rangers removed the two players who had tormented the visitors, no doubt mindful of the number of games building up.

Vladimir Weiss was given a standing ovation by the Rangers fans as he made way for Gregg Wylde, and Steven Davis was replaced by Maurice Edu.

Midfielder Wylde was soon involved in an attack, taking a pass from McCulloch and unselfishly setting up Lafferty for a shot, though the Northern Irishman will be unhappy with his tame attempt at goal.

Two more substitutions served to interrupt the match. Reid shook Kilday's hand as the 18-year-old trudged off, with Ali Crawford ending his involvement, while for the home side left-back Sasa Papac was taken off after a knock, with Ricky Foster getting some game time.

Miller, with much on his mind, had a quiet match, perhaps his last at Ibrox.

Rangers added a fourth in 82 minutes, Edu turning on to Whittaker's throw-in into the penalty box and firing a left-foot shot past Cerny.

Lafferty showed a lovely touch to clip the junction of crossbar and post with a left-footed chip from the edge of the box.

And in the 89th minute Flavio Paixao's spectacular overhead kick was brilliantly saved by McGregor.

With two wins in 19 SPL games, Accies remain rooted to the bottom of the table but their resources will rarely be as severely stretched as they were at Ibrox.


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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 4-0 Hamilton FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Weiss 25
  • Whittaker (pen) 28
  • Weiss 45+1
  • Edu 82

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir
    • 05 Papac (Foster 71)
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 24 Bougherra
    • 06 McCulloch
    • 08 Davis (Edu 62)
    • 20 Weiss (Wylde 61)
    • 40 Ness
    • 09 Miller
    • 11 Lafferty

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 12 Foster,
    • 22 Webster,
    • 39 Wylde,
    • 07 Edu,
    • 18 Jelavic,
    • 19 Beattie

    Hamilton

    • 01 Cerny
    • 05 Graham
    • 25 Elebert
    • 32 Michael Devlin
    • 33 Kilday (Crawford 69)
    • 03 Skelton
    • 24 Gillepsie yellow card
    • 07 Imrie
    • 18 Flavio Paixao
    • 21 Paixao (Kirkpatrick 74)
    • 99 Antoine-Curier (Hasselbaink 78)

    Substitutes

    • 19 Murdoch,
    • 17 Crawford,
    • 29 Lindsay,
    • 09 Casalinuovo,
    • 20 Kirkpatrick,
    • 28 Hopkirk,
    • 30 Hasselbaink
    Ref: WinterAtt: 44,639
    RANGERS
    HAMILTON

    Possession

    • Rangers 64%
    • Hamilton 36%

    Attempts on target

    • Rangers 14
    • Hamilton 2

    Attempts off target

    • Rangers 10
    • Hamilton 1

    Corners

    • Rangers 12
    • Hamilton 1

    Fouls

    • Rangers 6
    • Hamilton 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:08 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+1:28 Kenny Miller produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
    • 90:00+1:09 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Gavin Skelton gets a block in.
    • 89:25 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ali Crawford.
    • 88:42 A cross is delivered by Grant Gillespie, Flavio Paixao has a overhead kick shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 88:24 Douglas Imrie fouled by Jamie Ness, the ref awards a free kick. Douglas Imrie restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:11 Kyle Lafferty produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 84:38 Andy Graham challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ness has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 83:58 Gregg Wylde crosses the ball, Gavin Skelton makes a clearance.
    • 81:54 Assist by Steven Whittaker.
    • 81:54 GOAL - Maurice EduRangers 4 - 0 Hamilton Maurice Edu fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 4-0 Hamilton.
    • 80:38 The ball is crossed by Maurice Edu, clearance by Andy Graham.
    • 78:39 Gregg Wylde concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Ali Crawford crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
    • 78:00 Flavio Paixao concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Ness. Free kick crossed by Gregg Wylde, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 78:00 Substitution Mickael Antoine-Curier leaves the field to be replaced by Nigel Hasselbaink.
    • 76:40 The ball is sent over by Douglas Imrie.
    • 75:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Flavio Paixao. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 74:55 A cross is delivered by Mickael Antoine-Curier, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 73:47 Substitution Marco Paixao goes off and Jordan Kirkpatrick comes on.
    • 70:24 Substitution Richard Foster on for Sasa Papac.
    • 69:42 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 68:33 Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Marco Paixao results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie Ness from left channel.
    • 68:33 Substitution Ali Crawford on for Lee Kilday.
    • 67:35 Unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Douglas Imrie results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Lafferty.
    • 65:05 Gregg Wylde takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort on goal by Kyle Lafferty from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 64:37 The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Gavin Skelton manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:51 David Elebert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty. Free kick crossed left-footed by Sasa Papac, Gavin Skelton makes a clearance.
    • 60:51 Substitution Maurice Edu is brought on as a substitute for Steven Davis.
    • 60:51 Substitution Gregg Wylde replaces Vladimir Weiss.
    • 59:32 Shot by Sasa Papac from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 57:20 A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, Header from deep inside the area by Kenny Miller goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 56:02 The ball is delivered by Jamie Ness, save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 54:26 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Gavin Skelton takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:21 Kyle Lafferty produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 52:14 Michael Devlin challenges Steven Whittaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
    • 49:21 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss played to the near post, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Devlin.
    • 49:10 The ball is crossed by Jamie Ness, blocked by Grant Gillespie.
    • 47:22 Steven Whittaker challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
    • 46:45 The ball is sent over by Gavin Skelton.
    • 45:33 Foul by David Weir on Mickael Antoine-Curier, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right wing, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:56 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Grant Gillespie.
    • 45:00+0:26 GOAL - Vladimir WeissRangers 3 - 0 Hamilton Vladimir Weiss finds the net with a goal from 35 yards. Rangers 3-0 Hamilton.
    • 44:42 Booking The referee shows Grant Gillespie a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 42:32 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 41:57 Vladimir Weiss takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 41:50 The ball is sent over by Vladimir Weiss, clearance made by David Elebert.
    • 41:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the left by-line, save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 40:46 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Andy Graham gets a block in.
    • 40:39 Sasa Papac produces a cross.
    • 40:15 Corner taken by Madjid Bougherra from the right by-line, David Elebert manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:09 Centre by Madjid Bougherra, blocked by Michael Devlin.
    • 39:50 Centre by Jamie Ness, clearance made by Grant Gillespie.
    • 39:26 Vladimir Weiss decides to take a short corner.
    • 38:02 Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:41 Kyle Lafferty delivers the ball, Andy Graham gets a block in.
    • 36:23 The ball is delivered by Lee Kilday.
    • 34:05 The offside flag is raised against Mickael Antoine-Curier. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:23 Centre by Kenny Miller.
    • 32:52 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis.
    • 32:30 Madjid Bougherra produces a cross, Michael Devlin gets a block in.
    • 32:07 Short corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line.
    • 32:00 The ball is sent over by Vladimir Weiss, clearance by David Elebert.
    • 31:28 Jamie Ness delivers the ball, blocked by Marco Paixao.
    • 30:58 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Vladimir Weiss, Andy Graham manages to make a clearance.
    • 30:46 Steven Davis takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 30:03 The ball is swung over by Sasa Papac, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 29:15 Marco Paixao takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 28:24 The ball is swung over by Flavio Paixao, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 27:14 Penalty awarded for a foul by Michael Devlin on Vladimir Weiss.
    • 27:14 GOAL - Steven WhittakerRangers 2 - 0 Hamilton Penalty scored by Steven Whittaker. Rangers 2-0 Hamilton.
    • 26:07 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Andy Graham.
    • 25:40 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 24:23 Lee McCulloch provided the assist for the goal.
    • 24:23 GOAL - Vladimir WeissRangers 1 - 0 Hamilton Vladimir Weiss fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Hamilton.
    • 23:26 The ball is swung over by Jamie Ness, Headed effort from inside the area by Steven Davis misses to the left of the target.
    • 22:06 Kenny Miller is caught offside. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:37 The ball is crossed by Madjid Bougherra, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 20:35 Steven Davis sends in a cross.
    • 19:40 Steven Davis produces a cross.
    • 19:03 Steven Whittaker produces a cross.
    • 17:38 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Davis, Vladimir Weiss takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 17:17 Vladimir Weiss takes a shot. Andy Graham gets a block in.
    • 15:21 Effort from inside the area by Steven Davis misses to the left of the goal.
    • 14:14 Sasa Papac sends in a cross, clearance made by Andy Graham.
    • 13:43 Short corner worked by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 13:34 A cross is delivered by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Marco Paixao.
    • 13:13 Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball, clearance made by Gavin Skelton.
    • 12:27 Flavio Paixao fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Grant Gillespie takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:48 Effort on goal by Grant Gillespie from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 11:36 The ball is sent over by Lee Kilday, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
    • 8:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Kilday on Vladimir Weiss. Steven Davis shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 7:06 The ball is delivered by Steven Davis.
    • 6:55 Lee McCulloch sends in a cross, Andy Graham manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:31 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker, David Elebert manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:53 Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross, Mickael Antoine-Curier makes a clearance.
    • 5:38 Short corner taken by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 5:20 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Gillespie.
    • 4:16 Steven Whittaker delivers the ball.
    • 3:45 The ball is sent over by Gavin Skelton, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 3:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Mickael Antoine-Curier. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 2:05 Lee Kilday gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss. Vladimir Weiss takes the free kick.
    • 1:07 The ball is crossed by Kenny Miller.
    • 0:54 Centre by Kenny Miller.
    • 0:36 Steven Whittaker delivers the ball, David Elebert manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier on Lee McCulloch. David Weir takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    see also
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    15 Jan 11 |  Rangers
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