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Rangers fight back to draw with St Johnstone

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Rangers and St Johnstone had to settle for a point each after a Scottish Premiership draw in Glasgow.

Saints – the last visiting team to win at Ibrox – took the lead early on when Blair Alston fired in from outside the box.

Joe Garner headed Rangers level before the break.

The visitors had several chances in the second half with Alston firing against the post while Garner had a header saved for the hosts.

Losing ground

With Aberdeen defeated at Hamilton Academical on Tuesday and Hearts beaten at Kilmarnock, Saints could have gone second with victory but instead they go level on points with the Dons, albeit having played a game more.

Rangers, having taken 16 points from a possible 30 since being promoted, edge to within a point of fourth-placed Hearts.

Indeed, the Ibrox side have won only two of their home league games this season.

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Rangers fall behind again

Mark Warburton’s side had improved defensively in recent weeks with clean sheets in wins over Partick Thistle and Inverness.

However, with Wes Foderingham resuming goalkeeping duties from Matt Gilks – Rangers’ best player in the 1-0 Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat by Celtic – the Ibrox side found themselves a goal down early on to Saints as Alston struck curled in after robbing Lee Hodson.

Tommy Wright engineered an away win over Rangers in last season’s League Cup when the hosts – then in the Championship – had just won 11 on the bounce in all competitions.

And the Northern Irishman’s team had several opportunities to go back in front early in the second half with Brian Easton, Liam Craig and Danny Swanson all going close before Alston fired against a post.

Saints pegged back

Garner had netted just once since his summer move from Preston North End but the striker broke his Ibrox duck with a headed finish off Harry Forrester’s corner.

And Garner threatened to nod Rangers ahead on the 74th minute, Zander Clark making a save.

Mark Warburton sought fresh impetus in attack with the introduction of Martyn Waghorn, Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay off the bench but St Johnstone held firm with Wotherspoon clearing a Miller effort off the line.

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Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 17Hodson
  • 4KiernanBooked at 90mins
  • 3Hill
  • 5Wallace
  • 23Holt
  • 11WindassSubstituted forMillerat 67′minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 29O’HalloranBooked at 17mins
  • 7GarnerBooked at 56minsSubstituted forWaghornat 83′minutes
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forMcKayat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tavernier
  • 9Miller
  • 10McKay
  • 14Dodoo
  • 21Crooks
  • 25Gilks
  • 33Waghorn

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 6Anderson
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 24B Easton
  • 26CraigBooked at 56mins
  • 7MillarBooked at 36minsSubstituted forWotherspoonat 83′minutes
  • 4Alston
  • 18PatonBooked at 87mins
  • 11Swanson
  • 25KaneSubstituted forCumminsat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 9MacLean
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 17Coulson
  • 23Gordon
  • 29Cummins
  • 39Comrie
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
46,563

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home15
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, St. Johnstone 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, St. Johnstone 1.

Booking

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Paul Paton (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Paton (St. Johnstone).

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Clint Hill.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul Paton.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David Wotherspoon replaces Chris Millar.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Martyn Waghorn replaces Joe Garner.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Kenny Miller (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Foster (St. Johnstone).

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lee Wallace (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Danny Swanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Barrie McKay replaces Harry Forrester.

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Zander Clark.

Joe Garner (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Blair Alston.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Christopher Kane.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

goal

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Rangers fight back to draw with St Johnstone

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