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Kilmarnock   1 - 5   Rangers

Rangers manager Walter Smith with the Scottish Premier League trophy

Highlights - Kilmarnock 1-5 Rangers

By Colin Moffat

Rangers gave departing manager Walter Smith the perfect send-off as they wrapped up a third consecutive Scottish Premier League title in style.

A blistering opening saw Kyle Lafferty net twice inside seven minutes, either side of a Steven Naismith strike.

Early in the second half, Nikica Jelavic smashed in a free kick and Lafferty completed his hat-trick with a composed finish.

A deflected shot from James Dayton pegged one back for stunned Kilmarnock.

Rangers went into the final game of the league campaign just one point ahead of rivals Celtic, ensuring a nervous morning for all Old Firm fans.

However, any jitters in the Rangers' ranks were rapidly dispelled following an astonishing opening sequence.

Visiting supporters had taken over Rugby Park and the party was in full swing after three quick strikes.

With 47 seconds on the clock, Steven Davis released Lafferty and the Northern Ireland international lofted a sweet strike over goalkeeper Cammy Bell and into the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Rangers were further ahead when Gregg Wylde galloped down the left before finding Naismith, who turned smartly before lashing home from 18 yards.

Jelavic then rolled in an inviting pass for Lafferty to coolly side-foot past the exposed Bell.

Kyle Lafferty celebrates his hat-trick for Rangers
Lafferty was a hat-trick hero for Rangers at Rugby Park

The normally impassive Smith, who leaves Ibrox with 21 trophies to his name, joined in the jubilation, waving his arms aloft like a giddy schoolboy from his position in the stand.

Rangers threatened again when Steven Whittaker raced down the right flank to pick out Naismith and he touched on for Jelavic but his flick was deflected narrowly wide.

The pace of the match dropped markedly before Kilmarnock finally managed an attack of note on 33 minutes.

Dayton let fly with a powerful shot that Allan McGregor did well to block.

Rangers upped the pace in response and were denied by the woodwork when Davis cleverly cut inside a defender and thumped a shot against the post.

The first half drew to a close with McGregor making an impressive diving save to keep out a fizzing long-range drive from Killie skipper Craig Bryson.

Lafferty, who is becoming something of an end-of-season specialist, drilled a shot wide soon after the restart.

But the volume inside the ground reached deafening levels again when Jelavic curled in a ferocious free kick from 20 yards.

Media conference - Rangers manager Walter Smith

And Lafferty was soon celebrating his third goal as he stroked home to finish off a surging run from Naismith on 53 minutes.

Kilmarnock gamely plugged away and were rewarded when a Dayton free kick from distance took a deflection to leave McGregor flat-footed as the ball zipped into the net, via the base of a post.

McGregor and Bell traded smart saves to thwart Garry Hay and Sasa Papac, respectively, before Naismith crashed an angled strike against the crossbar after running on to a neat headed pass from Jelavic. Lafferty blazed the rebound high into the crowd.

With a minute remaining, hat-trick hero Lafferty went off to a rousing ovation. His replacement, David Healy, did not get a touch before the final whistle sounded and the champions began their on-field celebrations.

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Kilmarnock 1-5 Rangers FT
(HT 0-3)Rangers are champions
  • Dayton 65
  • Lafferty 1
  • Naismith 5
  • Lafferty 7
  • Jelavic 49
  • Lafferty 53

Kilmarnock

  • 13 Bell
  • 02 Clancy
  • 03 Hay
  • 04 Fowler yellow card
  • 07 Bryson
  • 10 Taouil
  • 14 Silva (Sissoko 54)
  • 22 Kelly
  • 23 Dayton (Fisher 81 yellow card)
  • 29 Pascali
  • 87 Aubameyang (Gross 76)

Substitutes

  • 21 Letheren,
  • 06 Sissoko,
  • 15 Berntsson,
  • 26 Pursehouse,
  • 34 Fisher,
  • 17 Agard,
  • 28 Gross

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 39 Wylde (McCulloch 71)
  • 07 Edu
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Lafferty yellow card (Healy 89)
  • 14 Naismith
  • 18 Jelavic yellow card (Diouf 81)

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 12 Foster,
  • 06 McCulloch,
  • 10 Fleck,
  • 15 Healy,
  • 17 Diouf,
  • 41 Hutton
Ref: Craig ThomsonAtt: 16,173
KILMARNOCK
RANGERS

Possession

  • Kilmarnock 50%
  • Rangers 50%

Attempts on target

  • Kilmarnock 10
  • Rangers 10

Attempts off target

  • Kilmarnock 4
  • Rangers 5

Corners

  • Kilmarnock 3
  • Rangers 8

Fouls

  • Kilmarnock 16
  • Rangers 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+0:32 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 89:00 Substitution David Healy comes on in place of Kyle Lafferty.
  • 87:50 The referee blows for offside against Steven Davis. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
  • 85:12 Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 85:12 Booking Gary Fisher goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:07 Foul by Gary Fisher on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded.
  • 84:09 El-Hadji Diouf decides to take a short corner.
  • 84:02 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
  • 82:07 The ball is delivered by Tim Clancy.
  • 80:21 Substitution El-Hadji Diouf is brought on as a substitute for Nikica Jelavic.
  • 80:21 Substitution Gary Fisher replaces James Dayton.
  • 80:11 Lee McCulloch produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 78:46 James Fowler challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, James Fowler makes a clearance.
  • 77:57 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
  • 77:08 Kyle Lafferty produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 76:50 Steven Naismith takes a shot.
  • 75:59 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line.
  • 75:37 Substitution William Gros replaces Willy Aubameyang.
  • 74:44 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the right by-line, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:33 Sasa Papac takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
  • 73:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Hay on Steven Naismith. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:57 Unfair challenge on James Dayton by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Strike comes in from James Dayton from the free kick, Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 72:14 Shot from 18 yards from James Dayton. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 71:00 A cross is delivered by Tim Clancy.
  • 70:20 Substitution Lee McCulloch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gregg Wylde.
  • 70:00 Manuel Pascali produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 69:50 Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
  • 69:33 Centre by Garry Hay, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:56 Inswinging corner taken by James Dayton from the right by-line, clearance made by Nikica Jelavic.
  • 67:16 Garry Hay takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 66:56 Steven Davis produces a cross.
  • 66:41 Steven Davis takes a inswinging corner.
  • 64:46 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis, Liam Kelly makes a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, clearance made by Manuel Pascali. Shot by Nikica Jelavic from 20 yards. Manuel Pascali gets a block in.
  • 64:46 GOAL - James DaytonKilmarnock 1 - 5 Rangers James Dayton finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-5 Rangers.
  • 63:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Madjid Bougherra on Craig Bryson.
  • 63:38 David Weir takes a shot from 18 yards. Save made by Cameron Bell.
  • 63:06 Steven Davis takes a inswinging corner.
  • 62:56 Gregg Wylde takes a shot. James Fowler gets a block in.
  • 62:51 A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 61:37 Steven Whittaker challenges Garry Hay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Bryson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Maurice Edu. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
  • 59:39 The assistant referee signals for offside against Madjid Bougherra. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
  • 59:00 Foul by Liam Kelly on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 57:02 Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, Tim Clancy gets a block in.
  • 56:54 A cross is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Tim Clancy makes a clearance.
  • 56:49 Nikica Jelavic sends in a cross, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
  • 55:21 Foul by James Dayton on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 54:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Mehdi Taouil. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.
  • 53:15 Substitution (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Mohamadou Sissoko coming on for David Silva.
  • 52:20 Assist by Steven Naismith.
  • 52:20 GOAL - Kyle LaffertyKilmarnock 0 - 5 Rangers Kyle Lafferty finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-5 Rangers.
  • 51:39 Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Fowler.
  • 51:23 Effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from 20 yards. Cameron Bell makes a save.
  • 50:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Mehdi Taouil. Steven Whittaker takes the free kick.
  • 49:22 Unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
  • 48:33 Booking Nikica Jelavic is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 48:01 GOAL - Nikica JelavicKilmarnock 0 - 4 Rangers Nikica Jelavic scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-4 Rangers.
  • 47:06 Manuel Pascali challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 46:38 Effort from inside the area by Kyle Lafferty misses to the right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:10 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 44:51 Craig Bryson takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 43:31 Foul by Garry Hay on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 41:15 Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva. Strike on goal comes in from Mehdi Taouil from the free kick, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 39:56 Steven Davis takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty box and hits the post.
  • 39:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Tim Clancy. Maurice Edu restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:12 The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
  • 38:18 Willy Aubameyang takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 36:22 Mehdi Taouil has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 35:25 Madjid Bougherra sends in a cross.
  • 34:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by James Dayton. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
  • 34:06 Gregg Wylde sends in a cross.
  • 33:41 The referee blows for offside against James Fowler. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
  • 33:22 James Dayton takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 33:12 The ball is swung over by David Silva, clearance by David Weir.
  • 30:35 Corner taken by James Dayton played to the near post, clearance by David Weir.
  • 30:30 The ball is sent over by Garry Hay, clearance by Sasa Papac.
  • 29:54 The ball is swung over by James Fowler, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
  • 25:26 Corner taken by Gregg Wylde, Willy Aubameyang manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:15 The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:12 Foul by Madjid Bougherra on Willy Aubameyang, free kick awarded. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.
  • 23:59 The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Nikica Jelavic. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 22:58 Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 22:58 Booking James Fowler goes into the referee's book.
  • 22:54 Unfair challenge on Gregg Wylde by James Fowler results in a free kick.
  • 19:44 Unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Manuel Pascali results in a free kick. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:39 Liam Kelly takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
  • 14:36 David Silva produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 13:28 James Fowler produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 12:09 Maurice Edu challenges Mehdi Taouil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Fowler.
  • 11:15 Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
  • 10:30 David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic. Steven Whittaker takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:33 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Tim Clancy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 8:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Steven Whittaker. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 7:15 Booking Kyle Lafferty goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 6:18 Assist on the goal came from Nikica Jelavic.
  • 6:18 GOAL - Kyle LaffertyKilmarnock 0 - 3 Rangers Kyle Lafferty finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-3 Rangers.
  • 5:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Willy Aubameyang on David Weir. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.
  • 4:33 Assist by Gregg Wylde.
  • 4:33 GOAL - Steven NaismithKilmarnock 0 - 2 Rangers A goal is scored by Steven Naismith from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-2 Rangers.
  • 3:26 Mehdi Taouil fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick. David Silva crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by David Weir.
  • 3:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Maurice Edu. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:49 Unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Nikica Jelavic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
  • 2:34 The offside flag is raised against Kyle Lafferty. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
  • 0:46 The assist for the goal came from Nikica Jelavic.
  • 0:46 GOAL - Kyle LaffertyKilmarnock 0 - 1 Rangers A goal is scored by Kyle Lafferty from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-1 Rangers.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Scottish Premier results

15 May 2011 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 15 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 38 59 93
2 Celtic 38 63 92
3 Hearts 38 8 63
4 Dundee Utd 38 5 61
6 Kilmarnock 38 -2 49
7 Motherwell 38 -20 46
5 Inverness CT 38 8 53
8 St Johnstone 38 -20 44
9 Aberdeen 38 -20 38
10 Hibernian 38 -22 37
11 St Mirren 38 -24 33
12 Hamilton 38 -35 26

see also
Gers scorer Lafferty in dreamland
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Right time to leave Gers - Smith
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How the SPL title was won
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Chick Young's view
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Walter Smith photo gallery
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SPL final day as it happened
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