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  • Date:28 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ibrox Stadium
  • Papac (32)
    Miller (78)
  • Grainger (24)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Alan Maybury results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Sasa Papac, Effort from 18 yards by Steven Davis. Blocked by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

92mins

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Marcus Haber misses to the left of the goal.

88mins

Scott Dobie takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

87mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenny Miller. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.

86mins

Steven Anderson goes off and Scott Dobie comes on.

83mins

Lee McCulloch challenges Liam Caddis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee McCulloch goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Maurice Edu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vladimir Weiss. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

81mins

Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance by Lee McCulloch.

79mins

Kenny Miller fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 2-1 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Lee McCulloch.

77mins

Unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. Steven Anderson shown a yellow card. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Graeme Smith makes a save.

75mins

Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Vladimir Weiss.

73mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.

71mins

Collin Samuel concedes a free kick for a foul on Madjid Bougherra. Cleveland Taylor comes on in place of Collin Samuel. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

70mins

Vladimir Weiss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. The referee shows Vladimir Weiss a yellow card for dissent. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.

69mins

Nikica Jelavic produces a cross, Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.

67mins

Nikica Jelavic replaces James Beattie.

66mins

Michael Duberry challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

65mins

Effort on goal by Vladimir Weiss from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

61mins

Sasa Papac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Caddis. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.

60mins

Collin Samuel concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir. The referee shows Collin Samuel a yellow card. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

59mins

The referee penalises Steven Naismith for handball. Jody Morris takes the indirect free kick.

57mins

Steven Davis fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Daniel Grainger.

54mins

Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jody Morris.

52mins

Kevin Rutkiewicz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Kevin Rutkiewicz makes a clearance.

52mins

Foul by Chris Millar on Sasa Papac, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from left channel, Kevin Rutkiewicz manages to make a clearance.

50mins

James Beattie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.

50mins

Kenny Miller is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

49mins

Lee McCulloch produces a mishit left-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Graeme Smith.

49mins

Shot from just outside the area by Lee McCulloch misses to the left of the target.

47mins

Kenny Miller challenges Alan Maybury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.

46mins

Kenny Miller is caught offside. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

46mins

Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

40mins

Vladimir Weiss produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

40mins

Foul by Marcus Haber on David Weir, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

39mins

Michael Duberry fouled by Kenny Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.

38mins

Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.

37mins

Vladimir Weiss takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.

36mins

Effort from the edge of the area by James Beattie goes wide of the left-hand post.

35mins

Liam Caddis produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

32mins

The ball is swung over by Vladimir Weiss, Sasa Papac scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-1 St Johnstone.Assist by Steven Naismith.

29mins

Lee McCulloch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel. Jody Morris restarts play with the free kick.

27mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sasa Papac on Marcus Haber. The referee shows Sasa Papac a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Michael Duberry challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

27mins

James Beattie takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a comfortable save.

24mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by David Weir. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing, blocked by Vladimir Weiss. Jody Morris takes a outswinging corner. Daniel Grainger gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 0-1 St Johnstone.Jody Morris provided the assist for the goal.

23mins

Vladimir Weiss takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.

18mins

Liam Caddis replaces Murray Davidson.

15mins

Shot from 20 yards from Vladimir Weiss. Save made by Graeme Smith.

13mins

The referee blows for offside against Marcus Haber. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

12mins

Kenny Miller fouled by Steven Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kenny Miller.

10mins

Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. Daniel Grainger takes a short corner.

9mins

Madjid Bougherra challenges Marcus Haber unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.

9mins

Marcus Haber is caught offside. David Weir takes the free kick.

5mins

Shot from long distance by Jody Morris goes wide of the left-hand upright.

5mins

Unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Sasa Papac results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

2mins

Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac, James Beattie has a drilled shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.

The game kicks-off.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Jelavic in frame for Gers Nikica Jelavic is free to make his Rangers debut in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Johnstone after being granted a work permit. But the former Rapid Vienna striker only arrived at Ibrox on Friday morning and his readiness will be assessed before Walter Smith selects his squad. Lee McCulloch returns from suspension but Kyle Lafferty is banned and Andy Webster (hamstring) remains on the sidelines. Smith has revealed he will not sign another striker this month despite losing Jelavic for the Champions League campaign. Jelavic is now ineligible for the tournament because Rapid Vienna reached the Europa League group stages with a 3-2 victory at Aston Villa. The Croatian, who played in earlier rounds but refused to turn out in the Austrian club's first leg against Villa, was baffled by the UEFA ruling, which deprives him of tests against Manchester United, Valencia and Bursaspor. And Smith admits Jelavic's loss will be sorely felt. "It is a bit of a blow for us, I must say," Smith said. "Not just in terms of losing someone that we hope will do well for us in terms of goals and all-round play, but losing another jersey. "We only have 18 lads who have played regularly in the first team, so to lose him is a blow - and Andy Webster's ongoing injury situation as well. "That cuts our squad down. We've got a decent squad but if we fall foul of injury, it may be a bit of a struggle for us." However, Smith will focus on other areas of the team if he has the funds to add to his squad before Tuesday night's deadline. James Beattie has also strengthened the club's strike options this month while both Steven Naismith and Kyle Lafferty are keen to play in forward positions alongside Kenny Miller, who was this week handed a second contract extension offer. "I don't need someone in that position, we have plenty of cover for the forward position," the former Scotland manager said. "If we have to move someone up front, then we will obviously weaken another area in terms of numbers. That could be a big problem for us. "If you look at Scottish teams going out, that's six extra games to play in the first half of the season to any of our opposition. "That's a lot of games and a lot of midweeks that other teams don't have to play. "I would much prefer to have it than not have it, it's not a complaint, but it will stretch us to our limit." St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes has doubts over three players for the clash at Ibrox. Defender Dave Mackay (back), midfielder Jody Morris (hamstring) and goalkeeper Peter Enckelman (thigh) could all miss out. McInnes was assessing the trio on Friday day and hoping that at least one of them would be fit for the trip to Glasgow. McInnes has revealed Rangers' new star Vladimir Weiss could have been playing for St Johnstone last season. The 20-year-old Slovakia international arrived in Govan on a season-long loan from Manchester City before the trip to Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last Sunday. The winger impressed the travelling fans when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 3-0 win for the Light Blues and is likely to be in the side for the visit of the Perth men to Ibrox. St Johnstone boss McInnes said that he just missed out on the player when he was trying to assemble a squad for coming into the SPL in 2009. "We might have got Weiss for last season," the former Rangers and Dundee United midfielder said. "I had watched him in a few reserve games down south and spoke to his agent who indicated that he might want to go on loan. "I spoke to Mark Hughes' assistant, Eddie Niedzwiecki, whom I know, and Man City were keen for him to go on loan to get regular football. "They didn't want him to go to the Championship in case he didn't get a game because that would have defeated the purpose. "But we had just came up from the First Division and he would have got a game for us. "But Man City were going on a tour of South Africa and had a few injuries so they took him. "By all accounts Weiss did well over there and I got a call from Eddie saying the manager wanted to hold onto him. "He is an even better player now. He has played in the Premier League and in a World Cup. "So we are well aware of him but Rangers have match-winners all over the pitch."

Formation:442Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

Formation: 451Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

  • Allan McGregor
  • Steven Whittaker
  • David Weir
  • Madjid Bougherra
  • Sasa Papac
  • Vladimir Weiss
  • Lee McCulloch
  • Steven Davis
  • Steven Naismith
  • Kenny Miller
  • James Beattie
  • SUBS
  • Neil Alexander
  • Kirk Broadfoot
  • Maurice Edu
  • Nikica Jelavic
  • Jordan McMillan
  • Andrew Little
  • Kyle Hutton

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Match Report

Millers rescues Gers Kenny Miller came to the rescue with the winner in a 2-1 victory for Rangers against St Johnstone as he maintained his record of scoring in every game in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League so far this season. Saints had taken a shock lead at Ibrox through Danny Grainger, before Sasa Papac - who netted both his goals against the Perth side last term - restored parity with a little help from unfortunate defender Kevin Rutkiewicz. But it was Miller who had the final say as he claimed his fifth goal of the season to add to strikes against Kilmarnock and Hibernian in Rangers' previous SPL outings. Nikica Jelavic was named on the Rangers bench after being granted a work permit, while fellow new recruit Vladimir Weiss made his first start for the champions. Lee McCulloch made his first appearance of the SPL season after returning from suspension but Kyle Lafferty was suspended. Saints brought in Steven Anderson, Jody Morris and Marcus Haber, changing their line-up following the win over Morton in the League Cup in midweek. The hosts had the chance to put their visitors under pressure early on with a free-kick from 25 yards that was struck well enough by Papac but comfortably smothered by goalkeeper Graeme Smith. At the other end, Morris saw his shot from distance take a deflection off team-mate Collin Samuel and fall wide, before Allan McGregor was called into action to block from Haber at his near post. Weiss and Steven Davis linked up well with a one-two before the on-loan Manchester City winger had a crack at goal, but the end product was weak and, again, Smith was untroubled in the Saints goal. The Perth side were forced to make a change with 20 minutes gone when Murray Davidson left the pitch on a stretcher following a clash of heads with Haber and was replaced by Liam Caddis. The visitors nevertheless went ahead after 25 minutes when a corner from Morris was collected by Danny Grainger 20 yards out and he lashed past the outstretched hands of McGregor and high into the back of the net. However, Saints' hopes of holding their lead at least until half-time were dashed when the home side hauled themselves back onto level terms after 33 minutes. A lovely cross from Weiss found Steven Naismith at the back post and his header was collected by Papac, who tried to force over the line from a yard out, with Rutkiewicz's attempt to clear only helping the ball into the net. Rangers piled forward in numbers but could not claim the advantage before the interval despite their pressure in front of goal. Home fans appealed for handball against Alan Maybury a few minutes after the restart but those pleas for a penalty were ignored by referee Callum Murray. Rangers continued to push for another goal and Weiss weaved his way into the box from the left before cutting back for McCulloch, who saw his shot fizz narrowly past the post. There was a second claim for a Maybury handball but, again, the match official refused to point to the spot. Rangers had another decent chance when Madjid Bougherra made one of his surging runs down the right flank before whipping a dangerous cross into the box, but Smith was able to punch to safety as James Beattie loitered with intent. The former Stoke striker then made way for Jelavic, whose introduction for his debut after 67 minutes was met with noisy approval from the crowd. The referee had another call to make when Weiss went to ground in the box under pressure from Grainger but the youngster succeeded only in earning himself a yellow card for dissent when his claims were dismissed. Rangers' hard work eventually paid off when Miller claimed his fifth goal of the season with 11 minutes to go. Papac began the move with a short ball to McCulloch who swept it into the path of Miller and he shrugged off Maybury before rifling home from the edge of the box.

possession


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