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  • Date:27 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ibrox Stadium
  • Attendance:43,125
  • Jelavic (4) Lafferty (40)
    Papac (80) Jelavic (90)
Goal!

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91:33 +1.33

Nikica Jelavic scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 4-0 St Johnstone.

90:54 +0.54

John Fleck has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

90:34 +0.34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Arvydas Novikovas on John Fleck. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.

88:22

Nikica Jelavic produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

87:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniele Invincibile on Sasa Papac. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free kick.

83:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Bartley on Collin Samuel. Jody Morris delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

82:58

Gregg Wylde takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.

81:47

Richard Foster joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kyle Lafferty.

80:54

A goal is scored by Sasa Papac from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 3-0 St Johnstone.Assist by Nikica Jelavic.

80:02

Arvydas Novikovas challenges Kyle Bartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Whittaker takes the direct free kick.

78:20

Alan Maybury challenges Gregg Wylde unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

76:23

Steven Davis fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nikica Jelavic.

75:40

John Fleck produces a cross, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

74:53

Gregg Wylde is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.

74:34

Steve May leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas.

74:05

John Fleck is brought on as a substitute for David Healy.

73:51

The ball is delivered by Alan Maybury.

72:58

Maurice Edu handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

72:17

Daniele Invincibile crosses the ball, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.

68:12

The offside flag is raised against Collin Samuel. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.

66:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniele Invincibile on Sasa Papac. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.

63:18

Cleveland Taylor goes off and Daniele Invincibile comes on. Madjid Bougherra concedes a free kick for a foul on Collin Samuel. Jody Morris restarts play with the free kick.

61:51

The ball is sent over by Alan Maybury, Steven Davis manages to make a clearance.

60:21

Liam Craig sends in a cross.

59:36

Shot by Maurice Edu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

59:06

Shot from just outside the box by Murray Davidson misses to the right of the target.

58:20

Murray Davidson fouled by Kyle Lafferty, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

56:35

Caution for Steven Anderson.

54:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gregg Wylde on Murray Davidson. Steve May crosses the ball in from the free kick.

52:46

Kyle Lafferty takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

52:38

The ball is swung over by David Healy.

50:38

Gregg Wylde fouled by Daniel Grainger, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Madjid Bougherra from right channel.

48:35

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

47:53

Effort from the edge of the area by Liam Craig goes wide of the left-hand post.

46:03

David Healy concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Anderson. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.

44:29

Headed effort from inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the left of the target.

44:07

Gregg Wylde takes a inswinging corner.

44:00

The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, clearance made by Steven Anderson.

42:36

Shot from just outside the area by Cleveland Taylor misses to the right of the target.

42:21

Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger.

42:03

Jody Morris takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

41:54

The ball is sent over by Jody Morris, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.

41:21

Foul by Sasa Papac on Cleveland Taylor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.

40:09

A goal is scored by Kyle Lafferty from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Rangers 2-0 St Johnstone.Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde to the near post, assist by Gregg Wylde.

38:51

Unfair challenge on David Healy by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

38:23

Collin Samuel crosses the ball, clearance by Steven Whittaker.

38:04

The ball is delivered by Sasa Papac, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.

33:53

Effort from just outside the area by Kyle Bartley goes over the target.

33:24

Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.

33:09

Foul by Steve May on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.

29:23

Effort on goal by Kyle Lafferty from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

28:24

The ball is swung over by Gregg Wylde, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.

28:18

A cross is delivered by Steve May.

27:24

The ball is swung over by Liam Craig, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.

27:14

Short corner taken by Liam Craig.

26:41

Gregg Wylde replaces Vladimir Weiss.

26:29

Murray Davidson crosses the ball, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.

24:46

Steve May takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

22:53

Kyle Bartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve May. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

22:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Steven Anderson. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.

21:56

David Healy takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

19:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Cleveland Taylor. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

16:08

Alan Maybury joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Duberry.

14:51

Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

14:44

The ball is sent over by Vladimir Weiss, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.

13:26

David Healy challenges David MacKay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.

12:30

Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.

9:06

The ball is delivered by Steven Davis, clearance by Michael Duberry.

8:11

David Healy sends in a cross, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.

4:25

Goal scored by Nikica Jelavic from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 St Johnstone.

3:10

The ball is crossed by Nikica Jelavic.

1:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Collin Samuel. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

Match Preview

Experience matters to Davis Steven Davis believes Rangers can learn the lessons from 2008 as they once again bid to juggle domestic duties with an extended run in Europe. The Scottish champions went all the way to the UEFA Cup final almost three years ago but the gruelling run eventually took its toll as Walter Smith's men missed out on both that trophy and the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title. But, despite the mental and physical demands of that period, Rangers are hoping to do it all again after Thursday's away goals win over Sporting Lisbon saw them progress to the last 16 of the Europa League and a meeting with PSV Eindhoven. The focus now turns to Sunday's SPL clash with St Johnstone and Davis is determined to go all the way on all fronts once again - but with a happier ending this time around. "We will just try and learn from the experience of a few years ago," said the midfielder. "We will try to go as far as we can in each competition. It went down to the wire in every one the last time around. "There is still a lot of football to be played and a long way to go before we can get to that stage but we will hopefully do as well as possible. "To get to a European final was tremendous and we were delighted to get there so we will try to get as far as we can again this time. "The demands on us as a club are to win every game we take part in and that's what we try to do. "It's going to be a big ask but hopefully the manager will be able to freshen things up. "We have seen already a few of the younger boys coming in and doing well and I'm sure they will get another opportunity between now and the end of the season." Nikica Jelavic is set to return against St Johnstone having been ineligible to face Sporting Lisbon, but Steven Naismith (hamstring) and Jamie Ness (groin) continue to miss out. Saints manager Derek McInnes is optimistic ahead of his side's trip to Ibrox but does not expect Rangers to have a European hangover. McInnes knows opposite number Smith has the resources available to rotate his squad and insert fresh bodies and believes fatigue from their exertions in Portugal will not be a factor on Sunday. "It would be nice, but I don't expect it," he told Press Association Sport. "I can't hide that's not something you would hope for, but at the same time Rangers are able to freshen their team up and whatever team we face on Sunday they'll be of a calibre and a level very, very difficult for us. "I expect a really tough match, regardless if Rangers had got through the tie or not. "I'm more concentrating on what we'll give Rangers and hopefully that's a tough game. "Sunday's just about us going down there prepared and wanting to put in a performance we're capable of and hopefully it will be enough to get a result." And the former Rangers midfielder expects the announcement this week that Ally McCoist will succeed Smith as boss next season will also aid his former team. He added: "If you're a player there it's good to have that stability and reassurance. "Everybody's alluded to it and it was a foregone conclusion, but the fact it's been set in stone now and put out in the public domain I think it can only be a good thing." Danny Invincibile could make his debut for Saints but Jody Morris (back), Jamie Adams (ankle) and Kevin Moon (groin) are doubts.

Formation:442Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

Formation: 4411Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

  • Allan McGregor
  • Steven Whittaker
  • Madjid Bougherra
  • Kyle Bartley
  • Sasa Papac
  • Vladimir Weiss
  • Steven Davis
  • Maurice Edu
  • Kyle Lafferty
  • David Healy
  • Nikica Jelavic
  • SUBS
  • Neil Alexander
  • David Weir
  • John Fleck
  • Richard Foster
  • El-Hadji Diouf
  • Salim Kerkar
  • Gregg Wylde

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Match Report

Jelavic at the double as Rangers romp Nikica Jelavic grabbed a double as Rangers steered their Clydesdale Bank Premier League title bid back on track by moving to within five points of Celtic again with a 4-0 win over St Johnstone. Kyle Lafferty and Sasa Papac were also on the scoresheet on what was a comfortable afternoon at Ibrox, after Celtic had lost at Motherwell earlier in the day. With two games in hand over the SPL leaders, the victory over Saints means the destiny of the championship is again back in Rangers' own hands if they can take maximum points from those outstanding fixtures. David Healy was handed his first start as Rangers made four changes from their Europa League triumph over Sporting Lisbon. Lafferty, Vladimir Weiss and Jelavic - who was ineligible for the European clash - also started at Ibrox. Skipper David Weir had been struggling with a sickness bug and was named on the bench, along with El-Hadji Diouf, Richard Foster and John Fleck. Saints made one change from their goalless draw with Dundee United, Steven May replacing the injured Jamie Adams in the starting line-up. The match was just four minutes old when the Scottish champions surged into the lead. Maurice Edu - who netted the decisive goal in the Europa League - saw his shot blocked and Jelavic was the first to react and pounce on the loose ball before dispatching an unstoppable volley past the grasp of Peter Enckelman. Saints suffered another setback when they were forced to make an unplanned change after 17 minutes when the injured Michael Duberry was withdrawn and replaced by Alan Maybury. Rangers were threatening again when Lafferty whipped a cross into the box from the left, which was missed by Jelavic and fell for Healy, but his shot was blocked well by Enckelman. The home side had to make a change of their own when Weiss limped off and youngster Gregg Wylde was thrown into the action after 27 minutes. Lafferty then squandered a great chance to leave the net bulging when he collected a lovely pass from Steven Davis only to hook well over when he should at least have tested the goalkeeper. The big striker was holding his head in his hands again moments later. Davis was again the provider and Lafferty remained onside with only Enckelman to beat but fired straight into his grateful hands. Lafferty eventually succeeded four minutes before the break when he rose above everyone else in the box to meet Wylde's corner and send a firm header into the back of the net. However, his finishing was a problem again after the restart. This time, Steven Whittaker flighted a long ball into the box for Jelavic and he provided the cut-back for the Northern Irishman, who ballooned well over the crossbar. Edu then had a go with a thunderous shot from distance but his effort was well off-target and failed to trouble Enckelman. Danny Invincibile made his Saints debut with just over an hour gone, replacing Cleveland Taylor, as the visitors attempted to haul themselves back into a game that had lost its edge in the second half. Fleck was thrown into the action for Healy with 15 minutes to go and immediately set up Jelavic, but his bullet header was held by Enckelmen as Saints clung to hope of staging a late comeback. But there was no way back when Papac exchanged a one-two with Jelavic, which involved a cheeky backheel from the striker, before slotting into the back of the net with 81 minutes gone. Rangers could have had a penalty a couple of minutes later when Fleck went to ground under pressure from the goalkeeper, but his pleas were ignored by referee Steve McLean. But the net was bulging again anyway with seconds to go when Jelavic sidefooted home from 10 yards to seal the victory.

Form Guide

    WLWWWL
  • Rangers
  • VS
  • St Johnstone
  • DWLWLD

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 2 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 28/08/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 4 - 1
  • Rangers
  • 30/03/2010
  • Rangers
  • 3 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 12/12/2009
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 17/10/2009
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 06/03/2002
  • Rangers
  • 1 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 29/12/2001

Top Scorers

Rangers

  • N Jelavic 6
  • SJ Naismith 6
  • V Weiss 5
  • S Davis 2
  • K Lafferty 2
  • M Edu 2
  • D Healy 1
  • S Papac 1
  • M Bougherra 1

St Johnstone

  • S Parkin 4
  • D Grainger 2
  • C Samuel 2
  • L Craig 2
  • S May 2
  • C Taylor 1
  • A Jackson 1

Goals

Rangers

    • Total goals 76
    • Goals per game 53
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 40
    • Goals per game 17
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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