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Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Shiels on Steven Davis. The referee cautions Dean Shiels for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Corner taken short by Dean Shiels.
Gary Harkins takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against William Gros. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
William Gros comes on in place of Paul Heffernan.
Alejandro Bedoya takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Cameron Bell.
John Fleck joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sone Aluko.
Gary Harkins takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Allan McGregor.
Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Dorin Goian restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Whittaker challenges Gary Harkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Whittaker goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Manuel Pascali grabs a headed goal from close range. Kilmarnock 1-0 Rangers.Garry Hay provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels played to the near post, Nikica Jelavic manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Sone Aluko, Alejandro Bedoya takes a shot from close range that bounces off the post.
Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Gary Harkins results in a free kick. Dorin Goian restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Lee McCulloch from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot on goal comes in from Nikica Jelavic from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Steven Whittaker. David Silva is brought on as a substitute for Danny Racchi.
Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McKeown. Dean Shiels takes the direct free kick.
Gary Harkins takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
Alejandro Bedoya replaces Maurice Edu.
Foul by Dorin Goian on Gary Harkins, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Fowler.
Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a fantastic save.
Foul by Maurice Edu on Liam Kelly, free kick awarded. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.
Gary Harkins has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sone Aluko.
Sone Aluko takes a shot. Clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Danny Racchi concedes a free kick for a foul on Kirk Broadfoot. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis from left wing, Danny Racchi manages to make a clearance.
Paul Heffernan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Shiels. Dean Shiels restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, clearance made by Dorin Goian.
Effort on goal by Gary Harkins from 18 yards. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
The official flags Paul Heffernan offside. Free kick taken by Dorin Goian.
Rory McKeown produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Dean Shiels challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Steven Davis.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the right by-line, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Liam Kelly. Free kick crossed left-footed by Sone Aluko.
Effort on goal by Lee McCulloch from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Kirk Broadfoot fouled by James Fowler, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Cameron Bell.
Kane Hemmings takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Cameron Bell.
Foul by Kirk Broadfoot on Danny Racchi, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
Sone Aluko fouled by Mohamadou Sissoko, the ref awards a free kick. Kirk Broadfoot takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, clearance made by Dorin Goian.
(Rangers) makes a substitution, with Kane Hemmings coming on for Kyle Lafferty.
A cross is delivered by Rory McKeown.
Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on James Fowler. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Sone Aluko. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
Foul by James Fowler on Kyle Lafferty, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis.
Sone Aluko has an effort at goal. Blocked by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Centre by Dean Shiels, save by Allan McGregor.
The ball is delivered by Dean Shiels, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan by Ross Perry results in a free kick. Dean Shiels takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gary Harkins.
Corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line.
Foul by James Fowler on Kirk Broadfoot, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Lafferty.
Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a comfortable save.
Mohamadou Sissoko challenges Kyle Lafferty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Lafferty takes the free kick.
Dean Shiels takes a inswinging corner.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, save made by Allan McGregor.
Danny Buijs leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Racchi.
Kyle Lafferty has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Foul by Maurice Edu on Danny Buijs, free kick awarded. Liam Kelly restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Sone Aluko.
Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
Rory McKeown concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
McCoist expected Celtic to close gap
Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he was not surprised to see Celtic dramatically reduce his side's advantage at the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The Scottish champions were 12 points clear at the top of the table heading into last weekend's action.
But a goalless draw against St Johnstone at Ibrox - combined with wins over Inverness and Dunfermline for Celtic - means the Hoops now sit seven points adrift.
The gap could be down to four points by the time Rangers travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday if their Old Firm rivals defeat St Mirren 24 hours earlier.
Asked if he was surprised by Celtic's progress, McCoist said: "Not as much as everyone else seemingly.
"We had a draw with St Johnstone and Celtic have won two or three games which, with the greatest of respect, I expected them to win. I'm not really surprised, no."
Rangers have happy memories of their last visit to Rugby Park when a 5-1 win - they were three goals up after seven minutes - saw them claim the SPL crown on the final day of last season.
McCoist added: "I would settle for the start we had the last time there but I'm not sure we will get it.
"The last Old Firm team who went down there were 3-0 down at half-time and it was a whirlwind first half from Kilmarnock.
"They are definitely a team who are capable of that, there is no doubt about that. They play high on confidence and they can play well and score goals. They are a match for anybody in the league.
"As great a day as it was for us, the final day of last season, I've been at Kilmarnock and I know they are very proud people and it's a proud club and they wouldn't have enjoyed that.
"I don't like the word revenge but they will certainly want to make amends for that particular day. Their players will come out and do their best, which is always the case, and it will be tough."
New signing Sone Aluko looks set to be thrown straight into the squad and could make his Rangers debut.
He has been without a club since his contract with Aberdeen expired in the summer but the winger insists he is ready to be involved despite the lack of recent match action.
Aluko said: "I've played football since I was a small boy and I've worked hard over the summer and the beginning of the season to keep fit.
"I played in a [closed-doors] game and I thought I did okay. I did all right in training so, if called upon, I'll play."
Lee McCulloch and Kyle Bartley are also in contention after recovering from injury but Sasa Papac and Lee Wallace are both doubtful and Gregg Wylde is suspended.
Danny Buijs believes Kilmarnock's recent draw against Celtic proves they do not have to fear the visit of Rangers.
The Ayrshire side played host to the Hoops in October and boasted a three-goal lead at half-time before an enthralling encounter eventually finished 3-3.
Killie now welcome the other half of the Old Firm to Rugby Park and Buijs insists they should take confidence from their efforts against Celtic when Rangers come calling.
The midfielder said: "The confidence is good because a few weeks ago we played Celtic at home and got a draw and we were 3-0 up. Those kind of games give you confidence.
"Of course, we know it will be very difficult against Rangers. But in every game you have a chance to win or get a result and it will be the same on Sunday.
"We know Rangers are a very good team, they are the number one in Scotland and they are seven points ahead of Celtic. But if we have a good day, and they have a worse day, we can get a result."
Rangers head into the game looking to return to winning ways after being held to a goalless draw by St Johnstone at Ibrox in their last outing.
Buijs added: "Rangers want to win every game. Along with Celtic, they are the top team in Scotland. But when we see St Johnstone take a point away from home at Rangers, it gives us a feeling that we can also get a result.
"It will be very difficult but, even if you only have a little chance, you have to go for it."
Rangers' last visit to Rugby Park saw them win 5-1 as they claimed the SPL crown on the final day of last season.
Buijs said: "I heard about that game, that it was 3-0 after 10 minutes. That shows the quality of Rangers.
"If you don't concentrate or make stupid mistakes, they will score and they will kill you. We have to concentrate and not make mistakes.
"In that game Rangers wanted to win to be champions, this game they want to win to have a bigger gap over Celtic in the table. But we also want the three points because we need them."
Killie are sweating over the fitness of Paul Heffernan. He has been struggling with a groin injury but has been given a "70% chance" of starting.
Goalkeeper Cammy Bell is back in contention after recovering from an elbow problem although boss Kenny Shiels has not yet decided who will be between the sticks.
Killie halt Rangers run
Rangers saw their impressive away record come to an end after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Ally McCoist's men were aiming for their 15th consecutive league win on the road but Manuel Pascali grabbed the only goal late on to ensure the three points remained at Rugby Park.
The Light Blues' last visit to the Ayrshire venue saw them claim the SPL crown with a commanding 5-1 win on the last day of last season but this result means they remain just four points ahead of Celtic in the title race.
Sone Aluko made his Rangers debut from the start after completing his move to the Ibrox club earlier in the week.
The former Aberdeen winger had been without a club since his Dons contract expired in the summer but, despite the lack of competitive matches since then, he was pitched straight into the action.
Rangers were without Carlos Bocanegra, after he picked up a knock in training, paving the way for Ross Perry to be drafted into defence.
Goalkeeper Cammy Bell started for Kilmarnock after recovering from injury, while Paul Heffernan recovered from injury to take his place in the starting line-up.
Aluko was in the thick of the action immediately when he found Steven Davis in the box, who teed up the shot for Nikica Jelavic in front of goal but the Croatian connected awkwardly and Bell was able to gather.
Jelavic then saw another effort crash off the post but the offside flag was already raised before he unleashed the shot.
Kilmarnock were dealt a blow when Danny Buijs pulled up with an injury after just seven minutes and was replaced by Danny Racchi.
Rangers continued to push forward in search of the opener and Bell raced off his line to smother at the feet of Davis before he could shoot.
The visitors also had to make a change when Kyle Lafferty was forced out of the action five minutes before half-time and he was replaced by Kane Hemmings.
Killie had a penalty claim ignored when Gary Harkins went to ground under pressure from Perry and Kirk Broadfoot but referee Alan Muir was unimpressed.
Bell then did well to save a powerful right-foot shot from Hemmings as the first half ended goalless.
Kilmarnock started the second half strongly and a Harkins effort trundled just past the upright and out of play after Steven Whittaker managed to get a block on the shot.
Jelavic then saw his headed clearance smack off his own crossbar under pressure from Pascali.
At the other end, Killie resorted to last-gasp defending when James Fowler hooked an Aluko drive off the line, before McGregor came to the rescue of Rangers with an excellent save after finding himself one-on-one with Racchi.
Aluko was again denied a goal on his maiden bow, this time by the woodwork when his shot squeezed through a congested goalmouth and struck the far post.
But he had an unwanted part to play when Kilmarnock opened the scoring with 10 minutes to go.
A corner broke to Fowler and he punted into the path of Pascali who nodded into the back of the net, with Aluko coming off the line and playing the Italian onside.
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