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Rangers   2 - 1   St Mirren

Steven Thomson and Jamie Ness
Steven Thomson holds off Jamie Ness

Rangers moved top of the Scottish Premier League after narrowly beating St Mirren at Ibrox.

Sasa Papac's shot gave Rangers the lead but Darren McGregor volleyed the Buddies level before the break.

John Potter's foul on Nikica Jelavic resulted in a Rangers a penalty, from which Steven Whittaker struck home.

Jelavic came close with two efforts as Rangers pressed for a third goal and substitute Gareth Wardlaw fired wide for the visitors late on.

Rangers open up a one-point lead over Celtic, who now have a game in hand.

The first effort of any note came in the 19th minute when Kyle Lafferty's goalbound shot was blocked by St Mirren defender David van Zanten.

Lafferty smashed the ball into the net minutes later but the offside flag had already been raised against the Rangers forward.

Rangers continued to press and Jelavic was off balance as he met Maurice Edu's centre and scooped the ball over the crossbar.

But the home side did move into the lead when Steven Davis crossed for Lafferty and, though Paul Gallacher did well to block the striker's shot, Papac was on hand to tuck home the rebound.

However, St Mirren soon drew level after piecing together a slick passing move on the right.

Steven Whittaker celebrates scoring a penalty for Rangers against St Mirren with team-mate Nikica Jelavic
Whittaker (left) scored Rangers' winner from the penalty spot

Jure Travner found Aaron Mooy on the flank and the Australian's cross was despatched into the net by McGregor's superb volley.

And the Paisley side almost found themselves in front when Mooy's free-kick squirmed through the grasp of Rangers keeper Allan McGregor and trickled out for a corner.

Rangers started the second half positively and Jelavic blasted a shot wide from a tight angle.

And Jelavic played an important part in Rangers' second as he put Potter under pressure and was in turn taken down by the St Mirren defender in the box, meaning a penalty for the hosts.

Whittaker converted the spot-kick, firing the ball to Gallacher's left as the keeper dived in the other direction.

The Ibrox side looked to stretch their lead with Jelavic heading over and then lifting a shot over the bar.

Potter atoned for his earlier foul with an important last-ditch tackle on Jelavic as the striker threatened again.

St Mirren had used the ball well throughout the match, and caused the home fans anxiety when they came forward, but were unable to carve out clear cut opportunities, Wardlaw shooting wide in injury time.

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 2-1 St Mirren FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Papac 33
  • Whittaker (pen) 52
  • McGregor 38

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 12 Foster
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 07 Edu
  • 08 Davis
  • 40 Ness (Hutton 86)
  • 11 Lafferty
  • 17 Diouf
  • 18 Jelavic

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 24 Bougherra,
  • 39 Wylde,
  • 10 Fleck,
  • 15 Healy,
  • 28 Kerkar,
  • 41 Hutton

St Mirren

  • 01 Gallacher
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 06 Potter yellow card
  • 14 McGregor (Mair 63)
  • 16 Travner
  • 08 Thomson
  • 11 Goodwin yellow card (Mclean 72)
  • 27 Cregg
  • 33 Mooy
  • 09 Dargo (Wardlaw 78)
  • 19 McGowan

Substitutes

  • 12 Samson,
  • 03 Barron,
  • 05 Mair,
  • 17 McAusland,
  • 43 McKernon,
  • 45 Mclean,
  • 18 Wardlaw
Ref: NorrisAtt: 46,392
RANGERS
ST MIRREN

Possession

  • Rangers 56%
  • St Mirren 44%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 3
  • St Mirren 3

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 7
  • St Mirren 2

Corners

  • Rangers 4
  • St Mirren 3

Fouls

  • Rangers 11
  • St Mirren 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:41 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:58 El-Hadji Diouf takes a short corner.
  • 90:00+2:38 Paul McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:40 Gareth Wardlaw has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the target.
  • 90:00+1:23 Kenny McLean crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
  • 90:00+0:04 Paul McGowan challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
  • 88:36 The ball is delivered by John Potter.
  • 87:53 Maurice Edu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner. Direct free kick taken by Jure Travner.
  • 87:03 Jure Travner challenges Maurice Edu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 85:50 Substitution Jamie Ness leaves the field to be replaced by Kyle Hutton.
  • 85:38 Kenny McLean takes a shot.
  • 80:41 Steven Davis crosses the ball.
  • 80:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on John Potter. Free kick taken by John Potter.
  • 79:32 Steven Davis crosses the ball.
  • 78:56 Foul by Patrick Cregg on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
  • 78:34 Kyle Lafferty is caught offside. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
  • 77:53 Substitution Gareth Wardlaw joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Dargo.
  • 77:53 Kenny McLean handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 76:38 A cross is delivered by Patrick Cregg.
  • 75:54 Nikica Jelavic concedes a free kick for a foul on John Potter. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
  • 74:49 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line, save made by Paul Gallacher.
  • 74:44 Centre by Nikica Jelavic, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:45 Centre by Maurice Edu, John Potter makes a clearance.
  • 71:58 Jamie Ness has an effort at goal from 35 yards and missed to the right of the target.
  • 71:00 Substitution Kenny McLean is brought on as a substitute for Jim Goodwin.
  • 70:51 The ball is sent over by Steven Davis.
  • 69:02 El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, clearance by Jure Travner.
  • 67:30 David van Zanten produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Foster.
  • 65:36 Kyle Lafferty crosses the ball.
  • 64:00 The referee gives a free kick against Steven Thomson for handball. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 62:04 Substitution Lee Mair comes on in place of Darren McGregor.
  • 62:04 Substitution Lee Mair is brought on as a substitute for Darren McGregor.
  • 61:42 Shot by Nikica Jelavic from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 60:17 The ball is sent over by Jure Travner, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 59:11 The ball is delivered by Jure Travner, Kyle Lafferty makes a clearance.
  • 57:52 Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Patrick Cregg produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Jamie Ness.
  • 56:02 A cross is delivered by Richard Foster, Nikica Jelavic has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 55:24 The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Dargo. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 54:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan from the right by-line, clearance made by Nikica Jelavic.
  • 53:18 Maurice Edu produces a cross.
  • 51:54 GOAL - Steven WhittakerRangers 2 - 1 St Mirren Penalty taken right-footed by Steven Whittaker and scored. Rangers 2-1 St Mirren.
  • 50:54 Booking The referee books John Potter for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:38 John Potter concedes a Penalty for a foul on Nikica Jelavic.
  • 49:18 Unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Aaron Mooy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 48:43 The referee penalises Sasa Papac for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Aaron Mooy, Maurice Edu manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:34 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:01 Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Sasa Papac crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Darren McGregor.
  • 46:16 Effort from the edge of the area by Nikica Jelavic goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:09 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+0:36 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball.
  • 45:00+0:15 Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Richard Foster.
  • 44:56 Corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan from the left by-line, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Foster on Paul McGowan. Aaron Mooy produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 43:12 Kyle Lafferty has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 42:28 A cross is delivered by Paul McGowan, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
  • 41:23 Patrick Cregg fouled by Nikica Jelavic, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:24 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by John Potter.
  • 37:51 Assist on the goal came from Aaron Mooy.
  • 37:51 GOAL - Darren McGregorRangers 1 - 1 St Mirren Darren McGregor gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-1 St Mirren.
  • 37:46 The ball is crossed by Aaron Mooy,
  • 34:33 Maurice Edu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Jure Travner takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:54 GOAL - Sasa PapacRangers 1 - 0 St Mirren A goal is scored by Sasa Papac from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 St Mirren.
  • 32:15 Steven Davis sends in a cross, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
  • 30:58 Paul McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Foster. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
  • 30:28 Jure Travner fouled by Maurice Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
  • 29:28 Maurice Edu crosses the ball.
  • 28:58 Shot on goal by Nikica Jelavic from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 28:32 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Blocked by Jim Goodwin.
  • 28:05 Booking Jim Goodwin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 27:51 Steven Thomson challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:00 El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 26:47 Sasa Papac delivers the ball.
  • 25:06 The ball is sent over by Jure Travner.
  • 24:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren McGregor on Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 23:56 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul McGowan.
  • 22:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
  • 21:46 Maurice Edu fouled by Patrick Cregg, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Whittaker takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:39 The ball is delivered by Jure Travner, David Weir makes a clearance.
  • 18:54 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Blocked by David van Zanten.
  • 18:33 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 18:27 Centre by Nikica Jelavic, clearance by John Potter.
  • 15:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Richard Foster. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:22 The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:27 The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron Mooy. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
  • 13:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Ness on Craig Dargo. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
  • 12:28 Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, David van Zanten makes a clearance.
  • 12:22 Kyle Lafferty sends in a cross, blocked by David van Zanten.
  • 11:42 The ball is crossed by Jure Travner, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:21 Sasa Papac crosses the ball, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
  • 9:44 Richard Foster crosses the ball, clearance made by John Potter.
  • 9:25 El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, clearance made by David van Zanten.
  • 7:24 The ball is crossed by Jure Travner, clearance by David Weir.
  • 6:18 David van Zanten challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from left wing, save made by Paul Gallacher.
  • 5:09 Handball by Steven Thomson. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 2:22 El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim Goodwin. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
  • 1:26 Kyle Lafferty delivers the ball, save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 0:48 Foul by Jim Goodwin on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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16 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 32 40 77
2 Celtic 31 48 76
3 Hearts 33 16 61
4 Dundee Utd 32 7 52
5 Kilmarnock 32 10 47
6 Motherwell 33 -7 44
7 Inverness CT 32 1 38
8 Hibernian 32 -15 36
9 St Johnstone 33 -21 34
10 Aberdeen 33 -20 31
11 St Mirren 33 -23 28
12 Hamilton 32 -36 16

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