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Saturday, 28 October, 2000, 22:21 GMT 23:21 UK
Three-goal Killie deepen Ibrox crisis
Gary Holt makes it 2-0 for Kilmarnock at Ibrox
Gary Holt makes it 2-0 for Kilmarnock at Ibrox
By BBC Sport Online's Clive Lindsay

Rangers 0-3 Kilmarnock

Dick Advocaat said there was no crisis: well there is now after his side's title hopes were seriously dented by a sensational three-goal defeat at home to Kilmarnock.

It was the Ayrshire side's biggest-ever victory at what is normally fortress Ibrox, but these are not normal times for Rangers and their manager must now concede that his side are facing disaster in the face.

Goals from Christophe Cocard, Gary Holt and an own goal from Arthur Numan leave the reigning champions four points behind the victors in fourth place, having lost four and drawn one of their last five games.

More worryingly for Advocaat, table-topping Celtic have the chance to stretch their lead over their Old Firm rivals to 15 points when they face Motherwell on Sunday.

Rated doubtful

Midfielder Barry Ferguson had joined the long list of missing Ibrox players through suspension, so Fernando Ricksen was moved forward into an unfamiliar midfield role, while Scotland striker Billy Dodds was again mysteriously left on the bench..

Ronald de Boer at full stretch to pass Freddie Dindeleux
Ronald de Boer at full stretch to pass Freddie Dindeleux
Numan was also rated doubtful for the game and a decision on whether he would play was delayed right up until 15 minutes before kick-off.

The Dutchman took his place at the back and he might now regret that decision after the subsequent 90 minutes.

Rangers were obviously determined to put their recent woes behind them and opened brighlty, Andrei Kanchelskis throwing over a low cross that Rod Wallace failed to direct on target from only eight yards out.

Kilmarnock striker Paul Wright had failed to make their line-up after struggling with a hamstring injury.

Combined brilliantly

However, that allowed manager Bobby Williamson to employ the speed of Andy McLaren and the trickery of Cocard up front.

The pair combined brilliantly to open the scoring when the Frenchman played the ball wide to McLaren and his return ball low into the six yard box was side-footed home by Cocard.

Chris Innes leads the Killie lap of honour
Chris Innes leads the Killie lap of honour
Rangers continued to press forward, but they were leaving holes at the back that were being exploited by their counter-attacking opponents.

It was former Ibrox midfielder Ian Durrant who crerated the second goal.

His ball behind Numan put Holt clear and the Scotland midfielder held off the Dutchman before firing past poor Christensen, who had yet to have a proper touch of the ball on his home debut.

McLaren again got in behind the Rangers defence and was tugged back by Tugay on the edge of the box but was unable to make the home side pay when the referee played the advantage rule.

Tugay and Kanchelskis had speculative, long-range efforts that flew well over the bar, but that was all Rangers had to show for their possession as the whistle blew for half-time.

A shocked Dick Advocaat leaves the field
A shocked Dick Advocaat leaves the field
Advocaat replaced Kanchelskis with Dodds during the break and his almost immediately got themselves back into the game when de Boer, now in a more withdrawn role, picked out Ricksen, but his fellow Dutchman could not direct his volley near goal from 14 yards.

Yet it was Kilmarnock who were creating the best chances and Christensen had to black with his legs from an Alan Mahood drive.

Own net

Advocaat went for broke, sending on striker Kenny Miller for defender Serio Porrini, but it was Kilmarnock who finally did kill the game.

Freddie Dindeleux broke from the back, played the ball to Cocard, who played it wide to McLaren.

McLaren's cross-cum-shot across the face of goal was knocked clear by the goalkeeper's foot but struck Numan and into his own net.

Gordon Marshall had to block a Rod Wallace header at point-blank range and a Ronald de Boer drive was blocked yards from goal, but those efforts came to nothing and summed up Rangers' day.

Rangers: Christensen, Ricksen, Porrini, Konterman, Amoruso, Numan, Kanchelskis, Tugay, McCann, de Boer, Wallace.

Subs: Dodds, Miller, Adamczuk, Brown, Ross.

Kilmarnock: Marshall, MacPherson, Dindeleux, Innes, Hay, Holt, Mahood, Durrant, Mitchell, McLaren, Cocard.

Subs: Meldrum, Vareille, Dargo, Canning, Fowler.

Referee: J Underhill.

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