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  • Date:15 May 2011
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Rugby Park
  • Attendance:16,173
Rangers are champions
  • Dayton (64)
  • Lafferty (0) Naismith (4)
    Lafferty (6) Jelavic (48)
    Lafferty (52)
Goal!

Live Commentary

89:00

Kyle Lafferty leaves the field to be replaced by David Healy.

87:50

The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Davis. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

85:07

Madjid Bougherra fouled by Gary Fisher, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Fisher goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

84:09

Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line.

84:02

Steven Whittaker delivers the ball, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.

82:07

The ball is delivered by Tim Clancy.

80:21

Gary Fisher replaces James Dayton. Nikica Jelavic leaves the field to be replaced by El-Hadji Diouf.

80:11

Lee McCulloch has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

78:46

James Fowler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance by James Fowler.

77:57

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.

77:08

Shot from deep inside the area by Kyle Lafferty clears the crossbar.

76:50

Steven Naismith takes a shot.

75:59

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Dayton.

75:37

Willy Aubameyang goes off and William Gros comes on.

74:44

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance by Manuel Pascali.

74:33

Sasa Papac takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.

73:48

Garry Hay concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

72:57

Steven Naismith challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Dayton fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Allan McGregor.

72:14

James Dayton takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

71:00

Tim Clancy sends in a cross.

70:20

Lee McCulloch is brought on as a substitute for Gregg Wylde.

70:00

Shot by Manuel Pascali from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

69:50

Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.

69:33

Garry Hay sends in a cross, clearance by David Weir.

68:56

Corner taken left-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line, Nikica Jelavic makes a clearance.

67:16

Garry Hay takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

66:56

Steven Davis delivers the ball.

66:41

Corner from left by-line taken by Steven Davis.

63:59

Unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Madjid Bougherra results in a free kick. James Dayton finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-5 Rangers.Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, clearance by Liam Kelly. Corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line, clearance made by Manuel Pascali. Effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from 20 yards. Manuel Pascali gets a block in.

63:38

Effort from 18 yards by David Weir. Cameron Bell makes a save.

63:06

Steven Davis takes a inswinging corner.

62:56

Gregg Wylde takes a shot. James Fowler gets a block in.

62:51

Madjid Bougherra sends in a cross.

61:37

Steven Whittaker challenges Garry Hay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Bryson restarts play with the free kick.

60:17

Unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Liam Kelly results in a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.

59:39

The referee blows for offside. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.

59:00

Steven Naismith fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.

57:02

Gregg Wylde sends in a cross, blocked by Tim Clancy.

56:54

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, clearance by Tim Clancy.

56:49

Nikica Jelavic sends in a cross, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.

55:21

Foul by James Dayton on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

54:22

Mehdi Taouil fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.

53:15

David Silva leaves the field to be replaced by Mohamadou Sissoko.

52:20

Kyle Lafferty finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-5 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Steven Naismith.

51:39

Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Fowler.

51:23

Shot by Nikica Jelavic. Save by Cameron Bell.

50:46

Mehdi Taouil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.

49:22

Unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.

48:33

Nikica Jelavic is booked.

47:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Manuel Pascali. Nikica Jelavic finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-4 Rangers.

46:38

Kyle Lafferty produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

44:51

Craig Bryson takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.

43:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Hay on Steven Davis. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.

41:15

Steven Naismith challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Mehdi Taouil from the free kick, save made by Allan McGregor.

39:56

Steven Davis has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.

39:36

Foul by Tim Clancy on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Maurice Edu.

39:12

Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, clearance by Tim Clancy.

38:18

Willy Aubameyang takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

36:22

Mehdi Taouil produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

35:25

Madjid Bougherra produces a cross.

34:56

Foul by James Dayton on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.

34:06

The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde.

33:41

James Fowler is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

33:22

James Dayton takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

33:12

A cross is delivered by David Silva, clearance made by David Weir.

30:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Dayton played to the near post, clearance by David Weir.

30:30

Garry Hay produces a cross, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.

29:54

The ball is sent over by James Fowler, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.

25:26

Outswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the left by-line, clearance by Willy Aubameyang.

25:15

The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Tim Clancy makes a clearance.

24:12

Madjid Bougherra challenges Willy Aubameyang unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Bryson.

23:59

The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Nikica Jelavic. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.

22:54

James Fowler challenges Gregg Wylde unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Fowler is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Davis.

19:44

Foul by Manuel Pascali on Kyle Lafferty, free kick awarded. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.

16:39

Liam Kelly takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

14:36

Shot by David Silva from a long way out goes over the target.

13:28

James Fowler has an effort from just inside the box that 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

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.

10:30

David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.

9:33

Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.

8:41

Liam Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

7:15

Kyle Lafferty goes into the referee's book.

6:18

A goal is scored by Kyle Lafferty from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-3 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Nikica Jelavic.

5:42

Foul by Willy Aubameyang on David Weir, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Maurice Edu.

4:33

Steven Naismith fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-2 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Gregg Wylde.

3:26

Steven Davis challenges Mehdi Taouil unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Silva from left channel, clearance made by David Weir.

3:05

Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. David Silva takes the free kick.

2:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Nikica Jelavic. Mehdi Taouil takes the direct free kick.

2:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.

0:46

Kyle Lafferty scores a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-1 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Nikica Jelavic.

Match Preview

Smith focused on title not farewell Walter Smith is desperate for Rangers to clinch a third successive Clydesdale Bank Premier League title on Sunday and see his players finally earn the credit he feels they have been denied so far. The visit to Kilmarnock will be Smith's final game as Rangers manager but the 63-year-old is adamant the occasion will not be about him. He enjoyed an emotional lap of honour after his last match at Ibrox in midweek and is keen to see the team earn the plaudits this time if they produce the win that seals the SPL crown. He said: "On Tuesday night, I got the credit for what has gone previously. At times, the players' input to that level of success hasn't been fully appreciated and they can cement that by winning on Sunday. "We have been playing well recently and, if we win the game, I would hope the focus of attention would be placed firmly on the team." Financial worries before Craig Whyte's takeover was finally completed last week has meant a period of uncertainty for both management and playing staff in recent years. And Smith says few players would have been willing to endure the difficult circumstances his squad have coped with. He said: "What's kept them going is what has kept them going over the last two-and-a-half-years - there has been a spirit, there has been a determination and there has been a good level of football. I don't think we can forget that. "I sometimes think a number of them don't get the praise they deserve for the level of performance they have turned in. "Sunday's game is everything for them and there are not many teams who manage to win three championships in a row no matter where you're from." Smith is aiming for his 10th title over two spells at Rangers and added: "It's always a challenge, regardless of where you are. "That's where my situation at Everton helped me a great deal in terms of handling what was happening at Rangers over the period. I learned a lot there. "But the main aspect, and the main reason we have been successful, is the way the players have accepted the situation that they've been placed in. "There are not an awful lot of players who would have accepted that as readily as they have and continue to give the level of commitment that they have given. "While a manager like myself can take the plaudits that were much appreciated on Tuesday night, Sunday's game is all about our team." Despite having lured talent such as Brian Laudrup and Paul Gascoigne to Ibrox in the past, Smith insists the class of 2011 are up there with the best he has managed previously. He said: "We may not have the sort of iconic names that have played for Rangers teams in the past but we've had a group of players who have given everything for the club to try to make it successful. "They have had to put up with being up for sale for two-and-a-half-years, they have seen good players leave the club and they have operated in the circumstance where their own contracts haven't been renewed in the time they would maybe have hoped for. "They have carried on with a level of commitment to the club that's been nothing short of fantastic." Smith answered an SOS from then chairman Sir David Murray when he returned to Rangers in January 2007, having enjoyed a hugely successful period at the club in the 1990s. Reflecting on his time with the Light Blues, Smith said: "It's a privilege to start with to be asked to become the manager of Rangers. "When I was asked to be the manager, it was probably the biggest thing that's happened in my career." Kilmarnock defender Tim Clancy has tipped Mehdi Taouil to make up for the absence of Alexei Eremenko. Eremenko is suspended for the final game of the season and played the last game of his impressive loan spell from Metalist Kharkiv in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Motherwell. The Finnish playmaker has been central to Kilmarnock's attractive brand of football this season, but Taouil has also revelled in the system introduced by Mixu Paatelainen and continued by caretaker boss Kenny Shiels. The Morocco international has played off the bench in the last two games after recovering from injury and is expected to return to the starting line-up to replace Eremenko. Clancy said: "He (Eremenko) would be a miss for any team to be honest, he has been brilliant for the club. "It was a great coup Mixu getting him in at the start of the season. He has been a fantastic player for us and he has been fantastic for the league as well."

Formation:451Manager:

Kilmarnock

Formation: 442Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

  • Cameron Bell
  • James Fowler
  • Manuel Pascali
  • Tim Clancy
  • Garry Hay
  • James Dayton
  • Craig Bryson
  • Willy Aubameyang
  • Liam Kelly
  • Mehdi Taouil
  • David Silva
  • SUBS
  • Kyle Letheren
  • Mohamadou Sissoko
  • Billy Berntsson
  • Kieran Agard
  • Alex Pursehouse
  • William Gros
  • Gary Fisher

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Match Report

Title joy for Smith Walter Smith brought down the curtain on his second spell as manager with a domestic double as Rangers claimed their third Clydesdale Bank Premier League title in succession after cruising to an emphatic 5-1 victory at Kilmarnock. The Scottish champions knew a win would secure the silverware and add to the Co-operative Insurance Cup already secured this term, regardless of events at Celtic Park, and this match was effectively over as a contest after just seven minutes. Kyle Lafferty, who had netted in the last two title deciders, was on target again this time around, helping himself to a hat-trick, with Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic also on the scoresheet on the day dubbed Helicopter Sunday. The win means veteran boss Smith signs off with 10 championships, and a total of 21 trophies, over his two spells at the Ibrox helm, as he now makes way for Ally McCoist to take over the reigns. Smith named an unchanged side for the fifth time in a row for the visit to Rugby Park, while Kilmarnock were without star man Alexei Eremenko through suspension and drafted Mehdi Taouil into the side as his replacement. Rangers needed an early goal to settle the nerves and enjoyed the best possible start to the game when they surged ahead with just 47 seconds on the clock. Steven Davis released Lafferty and he lofted high over the reach of goalkeeper Cammy Bell and into the back of the net from the edge of the box. The Ibrox side were celebrating again with five minutes gone. This time, Gregg Wylde played the ball to Naismith, who took a touch before lashing home. The second goal was marred slightly by the sight of a supporter invading the pitch, although he was quickly apprehended by police and stewards. The goals kept coming and the champions extended their lead further two minutes later when Jelavic set up Lafferty to sidefoot past the helpless Bell and claim his second of the day. Rangers could have added to their tally when Steven Whittaker raced down the right flank before picking out Naismith and he touched on for Jelavic, but his flick was deflected wide of target. At the other end, Kilmarnock could have pulled a goal back when James Dayton tried his luck with a shot that goalkeeper Allan McGregor did well to block. Only the woodwork prevented Walter Smith's men from heading into the interval with a bigger advantage after Davis saw his ferocious strike crash off the post. McGregor was called into action on the stroke of half-time and was again up to the task, this time denying Craig Bryson. Rangers' start to the second half was almost as impressive as their explosive opening spell to the game, as they notched up another two goals within eight minutes of the restart. Jelavic contributed to the goals haul after 49 minutes when he was tripped just outside the area by Manuel Pascali and brushed himself off to send a swerving free-kick into the top corner. Naismith then embarked on surging run before slotting into the path of Lafferty to stroke home and claim his hat-trick with 53 minutes gone. Kilmarnock did manage to pull a goal back after 65 minutes when Dayton's free-kick took a deflection off the wall and hit the post before finding the back of the net. Rangers hit the woodwork again when Naismith's shot bounced off the crossbar, before Lafferty ballooned the rebound over. The celebrations had already been under way for some time, but the majority of Rugby Park erupted when the final whistle sounded and confirmed that Rangers had retained their SPL crown.

Form Guide

    DLLDLD
  • Kilmarnock
  • VS
  • Rangers
  • WWDWWW

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 2 - 1
  • Kilmarnock
  • 13/03/2011
  • Kilmarnock
  • 2 - 3
  • Rangers
  • 20/11/2010
  • Rangers
  • 2 - 1
  • Kilmarnock
  • 14/08/2010
  • Kilmarnock
  • 0 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 09/03/2010
  • Rangers
  • 3 - 0
  • Kilmarnock
  • 21/11/2009
  • Kilmarnock
  • 0 - 0
  • Rangers
  • 19/09/2009

Top Scorers

Kilmarnock

  • L Kelly 7
  • A Eremenko 4
  • DM Silva 4
  • C Bryson 2
  • CM Rui Miguel 2
  • J Hamill 2
  • M Pascali 2
  • F Wright 1
  • J Fowler 1
  • J Dayton 1
  • K Agard 1
  • W Aubameyang 1
  • W Gros 1

Rangers

  • N Jelavic 15
  • SJ Naismith 10
  • K Lafferty 8
  • V Weiss 5
  • S Davis 4
  • S Papac 3
  • M Edu 2
  • D Healy 1
  • E Diouf 1
  • M Bougherra 1
  • K Bartley 1

Goals

Kilmarnock

    • Total goals 102
    • Goals per game 52
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Rangers

    • Total goals 133
    • Goals per game 83
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 11 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 11 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 12 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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