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Rangers   1 - 0   Inverness CT

Rangers v Inverness CT

Highlights - Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT

Rangers moved to within two points of Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic with a narrow win over Inverness.

The visitors came close to an opener when Richie Foran's header was touched onto the bar by keeper Allan McGregor.

Steven Davis lashed home the only goal of the game to give Rangers the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Graeme Shinnie made goal-line clearances to deny Kyle Lafferty and Nikica Jelavic as the Highlanders kept their hosts at bay in the second half.

The Ibrox side still have two games in hand over Celtic while Inverness remain fifth in the table.

The Rangers squad did not feature top scorer Kenny Miller, who is on the verge of a move to Turkish side Bursaspor, and James Beattie and Lafferty led the attack for the home side.

And the strike pair were prominent in the opening minutes of the match.

Beattie's cross was spilled by Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson and was scrambled away to safety by the visitors' defence before Lafferty could profit.

Moments later, Davis's cross was dummied by Beattie and Lafferty flicked the ball over.

Inverness began to impose themselves on the game and Adam Rooney's low shot was collected by Allan McGregor before the Highlanders almost took the lead at a corner.

Shinnie's corner was headed goalwards by Foran and McGregor touched the ball onto the crossbar before Steven Whittaker cleared to safety.

Rooney then got in ahead of his marker to meet Eric Odhiambo's cross but could not keep his shot down.

Vladimir Weiss tried to get Rangers going again and forced Esson into a fine save with a shot from distance.

Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic is booked by referee Craig Thomson
Jelavic was booked on his return from long-term injury

From the corner, Weiss's poor delivery was played back into the six-yard box by David Weir but Lafferty could not direct his header on target.

Lafferty had two further efforts, both shots from the edge of the box, but was wide on each occasion as Rangers exerted pressure towards the interval.

And the hosts found the breakthrough right on half-time when Lafferty's initial shot was blocked and the ball fell to Davis on the edge of the box and the midfielder planted a shot into the bottom corner.

However, Inverness were unhappy that a free-kick had not been awarded to them in the run-up to the goal following Andy Webster's challenge on Rooney.

Nikica Jelavic, out since October, made his comeback from an ankle injury as a replacement for Beattie 14 minutes into the second half with John Fleck also came off the bench in place of Weiss as Rangers looked for fresh impetus.

And Jelavic was booked for simulation within minutes of his arrival after going down in the Inverness box.

Shinnie came to Inverness's rescue twice in a matter of seconds, clearing Lafferty's attempt off the line and then blocking Jelavic's effort onto the post.

The Rangers substitutes combined when Fleck found Jelavic with an incisive pass but, though the striker controlled well, he skewed his shot wide.

Lafferty then drew a save from Esson after cutting in from the left to take a shot.

Jelavic scooped a shot over the bar at the end of a breakaway attack as Rangers continued to press for a clinching goal.

Inverness put Rangers under pressure with some late set pieces but could not find the opening for a leveller.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Davis 45

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir
    • 12 Foster
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 22 Webster
    • 06 McCulloch
    • 08 Davis
    • 20 Weiss (Fleck 59)
    • 40 Ness (Edu 80)
    • 11 Lafferty
    • 19 Beattie (Jelavic 59 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 23 McMillan,
    • 39 Wylde,
    • 07 Edu,
    • 10 Fleck,
    • 18 Jelavic,
    • 28 Kerkar

    Inverness CT

    • 01 Esson
    • 03 Tokely
    • 14 Munro
    • 15 Innes
    • 21 Shinnie
    • 04 Duff
    • 19 Ross
    • 07 Odhiambo yellow card
    • 09 Foran yellow card
    • 10 Rooney (Proctor 83)
    • 23 Sanchez (Sutherland 70)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Tuffey,
    • 02 Proctor,
    • 05 Golabek,
    • 16 McBain,
    • 08 Duncan,
    • 18 Blumanshtein,
    • 20 Sutherland
    Ref: ThomsonAtt: 41,623
    RANGERS
    INVERNESS CT

    Possession

    • Rangers 54%
    • Inverness CT 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Rangers 7
    • Inverness CT 5

    Attempts off target

    • Rangers 10
    • Inverness CT 1

    Corners

    • Rangers 4
    • Inverness CT 2

    Fouls

    • Rangers 9
    • Inverness CT 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:07 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+1:25 David Proctor produces a cross, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:17 A cross is delivered by Nick Ross, free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Tokely on David Weir. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 90:00+0:08 The ball is swung over by Grant Munro, Kyle Lafferty manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:36 Shot from just outside the area by Steven Whittaker goes over the bar.
    • 87:24 The assistant referee signals for offside against John Fleck. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 87:06 The ball is delivered by Stuart Duff.
    • 86:52 Ross Tokely takes a shot. Blocked by Lee McCulloch.
    • 86:12 Maurice Edu challenges David Proctor unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stuart Duff from right channel, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 86:01 Ross Tokely produces a cross, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
    • 85:51 Nick Ross produces a cross, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:58 The ball is sent over by Grant Munro, clearance made by Andy Webster.
    • 83:17 Andy Webster fouled by Shane Sutherland, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Chris Innes. Free kick taken by Chris Innes.
    • 82:05 Substitution Adam Rooney goes off and David Proctor comes on.
    • 81:53 Shot from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic clears the crossbar.
    • 80:46 The ball is swung over by Richie Foran, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:31 Shane Sutherland sends in a cross, blocked by Steven Whittaker.
    • 79:45 Kyle Lafferty is ruled offside. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
    • 79:45 Substitution Maurice Edu replaces Jamie Ness.
    • 78:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Graeme Shinnie on Steven Davis. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:46 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
    • 76:58 Shane Sutherland takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
    • 73:51 Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Duff from the left by-line, Chris Innes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Allan McGregor. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:40 Shot from close range by Nikica Jelavic misses to the right of the goal.
    • 70:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Innes on John Fleck. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:28 Grant Munro produces a cross, clearance made by Andy Webster.
    • 69:03 Substitution Shane Sutherland replaces Dani Sanchez.
    • 68:39 Booking Booking for Richie Foran for dissent.
    • 67:47 Eric Odhiambo produces a cross.
    • 67:30 Unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Stuart Duff restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:54 Corner taken left-footed by John Fleck from the left by-line, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Graeme Shinnie manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by John Fleck from the right by-line, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Graeme Shinnie manages to make a clearance.
    • 65:48 The ball is swung over by John Fleck, Nick Ross gets a block in.
    • 64:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Chris Innes. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
    • 64:18 Booking Nikica Jelavic goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 61:18 Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Graeme Shinnie. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:24 Steven Whittaker challenges Adam Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Stuart Duff, Grant Munro takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 59:11 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis.
    • 58:22 Substitution Nikica Jelavic joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Beattie.
    • 58:22 Substitution John Fleck is brought on as a substitute for Vladimir Weiss.
    • 58:01 The ball is delivered by James Beattie, Ross Tokely makes a clearance.
    • 56:22 The ball is swung over by Dani Sanchez.
    • 51:48 The ball is delivered by Graeme Shinnie, Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 51:31 The ball is delivered by Adam Rooney, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:57 Shot by Lee McCulloch from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 47:38 The ball is delivered by Ross Tokely, save made by Allan McGregor.
    • 47:16 Centre by Eric Odhiambo, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
    • 46:56 Jamie Ness challenges Stuart Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nick Ross.
    • 45:35 Foul by Nick Ross on James Beattie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:16 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 44:51 The ball is swung over by Richard Foster, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Innes.
    • 44:51 GOAL - Steven DavisRangers 1 - 0 Inverness CT Steven Davis finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT.
    • 43:18 A cross is delivered by Dani Sanchez, Richard Foster makes a clearance.
    • 42:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Chris Innes takes the indirect free kick.
    • 41:30 Steven Davis takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Munro.
    • 39:56 The referee blows for offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
    • 39:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Ross Tokely. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
    • 39:03 Centre by Steven Davis, Ryan Esson makes a save.
    • 38:15 Lee McCulloch has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 34:57 Steven Davis crosses the ball, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
    • 33:43 Kyle Lafferty has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 32:03 The ball is sent over by Ross Tokely, Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 29:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Odhiambo on Vladimir Weiss. Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Adam Rooney.
    • 29:48 Booking The referee shows Eric Odhiambo a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 28:05 Richard Foster fouled by Adam Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:59 The ball is swung over by Stuart Duff, clearance by Richard Foster.
    • 26:39 Shot by Kyle Lafferty from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 26:18 Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross.
    • 25:44 Ross Tokely challenges Vladimir Weiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:21 Adam Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:49 Dani Sanchez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:13 Kyle Lafferty has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
    • 22:49 Vladimir Weiss takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save. Vladimir Weiss takes a inswinging corner.
    • 22:15 The ball is swung over by Eric Odhiambo, Effort on goal by Adam Rooney from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 21:22 Handball decision goes against Kyle Lafferty. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Chris Innes. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 18:36 Vladimir Weiss produces a cross, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:07 The official flags Adam Rooney offside. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:26 Kyle Lafferty delivers the ball.
    • 14:33 The official flags Adam Rooney offside. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 14:00 Vladimir Weiss produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 13:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Nick Ross. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from left channel, clearance by Chris Innes.
    • 11:51 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie, Richie Foran takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 10:52 Unfair challenge on Nick Ross by Jamie Ness results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Grant Munro, Andy Webster makes a clearance.
    • 9:57 Lee McCulloch fouled by Eric Odhiambo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
    • 9:02 Vladimir Weiss fouled by Adam Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 8:07 Adam Rooney takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 7:36 Vladimir Weiss concedes a free kick for a foul on Eric Odhiambo. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 6:05 A cross is delivered by Dani Sanchez, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:04 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker, Effort on goal by Kyle Lafferty from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 1:46 The ball is sent over by James Beattie, save made by Ryan Esson.
    • 0:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Richie Foran. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    18 Jan 2011 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 18 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 21 31 49
    2 Rangers 19 25 47
    3 Hearts 20 19 42
    4 Kilmarnock 21 10 31
    5 Inverness CT 22 3 28
    6 Motherwell 20 -1 25
    7 Dundee Utd 17 -3 24
    8 St Johnstone 19 -12 22
    9 Aberdeen 20 -17 20
    10 Hibernian 20 -14 16
    11 St Mirren 20 -18 16
    12 Hamilton 19 -23 12

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