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Paul McGowan challenges David Weir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
Gareth Wardlaw has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the left of the goal.
Kenny McLean crosses the ball, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Paul McGowan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
A cross is delivered by John Potter.
Maurice Edu challenges Jure Travner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jure Travner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jure Travner on Maurice Edu. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
(Rangers) makes a substitution, with Kyle Hutton coming on for Jamie Ness.
Kenny McLean takes a shot.
Foul by Nikica Jelavic on John Potter, free kick awarded. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Steven Davis.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Patrick Cregg. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
Kyle Lafferty is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Handball by Kenny McLean. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor. Craig Dargo goes off and Gareth Wardlaw comes on.
Patrick Cregg produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on John Potter. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
El-Hadji Diouf takes the outswinging corner, save made by Paul Gallacher.
Centre by Nikica Jelavic, clearance by John Potter.
A cross is delivered by Maurice Edu, clearance made by John Potter.
Shot by Jamie Ness went wide right of the net.
Kenny McLean joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jim Goodwin.
Centre by Steven Davis.
The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf, Jure Travner makes a clearance.
Centre by David van Zanten, Richard Foster makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Kyle Lafferty.
Steven Thomson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. David Weir takes the free kick.
Shot by Nikica Jelavic from outside the box goes over the net.
The ball is swung over by Jure Travner, save by Allan McGregor.
Jure Travner crosses the ball, clearance by Kyle Lafferty.
Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Patrick Cregg fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Jamie Ness gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Richard Foster, Nikica Jelavic has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Dargo. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul McGowan, Nikica Jelavic manages to make a clearance.
Maurice Edu produces a cross.
Nikica Jelavic fouled by John Potter, the ref awards a Penalty. John Potter is given a yellow card. Penalty taken right-footed by Steven Whittaker and scored. Rangers 2-1 St Mirren.
Foul by Aaron Mooy on Sasa Papac, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Sasa Papac is penalised for a handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Aaron Mooy, clearance made by Maurice Edu.
Centre by Steven Whittaker, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jim Goodwin on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Sasa Papac, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Nikica Jelavic has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Steven Whittaker crosses the ball.
Foul by Jim Goodwin on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Richard Foster takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
Paul McGowan fouled by Richard Foster, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Aaron Mooy, save by Allan McGregor.
Kyle Lafferty produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Paul McGowan, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
Nikica Jelavic concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Cregg. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by John Potter.
A cross is delivered by Aaron Mooy, Darren McGregor grabs a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-1 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Aaron Mooy.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Maurice Edu on Paul McGowan. Jure Travner takes the free kick.
Sasa Papac finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 St Mirren.
Steven Davis crosses the ball, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Foul by Paul McGowan on Richard Foster, free kick awarded. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
Maurice Edu sends in a cross.
Effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Blocked by Jim Goodwin.
Jim Goodwin receives a caution.
Steven Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free kick.
El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Sasa Papac produces a cross.
A cross is delivered by Jure Travner.
Outswinging corner taken by Paul McGowan.
The referee blows for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jure Travner, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. David van Zanten gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
The ball is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, clearance by John Potter.
Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Richard Foster results in a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Centre by Sasa Papac, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
Aaron Mooy is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
Unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Jamie Ness results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, David van Zanten manages to make a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty crosses the ball, blocked by David van Zanten.
Jure Travner sends in a cross, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, clearance by Jim Goodwin.
The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, clearance by John Potter.
El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, clearance by David van Zanten.
Centre by Jure Travner, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
David van Zanten concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick crossed right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from left wing, save by Paul Gallacher.
Steven Thomson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed by Steven Davis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Jim Goodwin. John Potter takes the direct free kick.
Kyle Lafferty delivers the ball, save by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.
Bougherra could face Buddies
Rangers are boosted by the news that Madjid Bougherra could return for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against St Mirren.
The defender - who has been out with a hamstring injury - has trained and will definitely have a part to play against Dundee United on Tuesday.
Steven Naismith is suspended for the visit of Saints but Richard Foster is back in the squad after sitting out the midweek win at Aberdeen under the terms of his loan agreement.
Rangers manager Walter Smith believes Ally McCoist will be better equipped than most to deal with the challenges he may face as boss next season.
As well as the demands to deliver silverware and produce results on the park, McCoist could find himself with a number of other issues to contend with.
Craig Whyte's proposed takeover remains ongoing, with the manager-in-waiting still unsure of what funds will be available to him until a buy-out is finalised.
Rangers also face the prospect of playing matches behind closed doors following UEFA disciplinary charges resulting from both legs of their Europa League tie against PSV Eindhoven.
Smith did not want to comment on the UEFA charges, having last week made a plea to fans not to sing offensive songs at matches, but he did back his assistant McCoist to handle any challenges which may arise once he becomes manager.
He said: "He knows what he's taking over, better than anyone, and he is keen to do so.
"He knows that he just has to get on with it, in the same manner as we've had to do in the last few years.
"So he is better prepared, I would think, than the majority of people who would maybe take over."
Rangers host St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and have the opportunity to move top, with leaders Celtic in Scottish Cup action this weekend.
Smith said: "We can't afford any [slip-ups] now. I said after we lost to Dundee United that we had to try and go on a run of wins and we have managed to win our first three games after that one.
"It's something we have to keep going and we have to make sure we do that.
"We've lost more games at home than we have away from home so we have to make sure, in the final games of the season, we adjust to that aspect.
"There is a good edge to the games at the moment. Our last three have been good ones in terms of results for us but they have been exceptionally tight. We need to make sure we keep it going."
Rangers play most of their post-split fixtures before Celtic but Smith does not expect to gain any advantage from the timing of the matches.
He said: "Rangers and Celtic have to win their games anyway, regardless of the circumstances. It's just a case of trying to keep winning and that's what we will do.
"Whether you play before or after, or are chasing or in the lead, doesn't matter. It's a fact that you have to keep winning if you want to try and win the championship."
Michael Higdon and Hugh Murray are suspended for St Mirren.
In-form striker Higdon begins a two-match ban while midfielder Murray is out for one game.
But on-loan Celtic player Paul McGowan returns after being ineligible for the narrow defeat at Parkhead.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon hopes to one day emulate the achievements of Walter Smith and today paid tribute to the Rangers boss.
He said: "He's been a wonderful ambassador for his club and Scottish football as a whole - his professionalism and his love for the beautiful game and everything about him, everything he does.
"My aim, when I'm Walter's age, is to have people saying similarly nice things about me.
"As a new kid on the block, I recognise managers that have gone before me and achieved great things.
"I'm aiming as high. It's my goal to emulate the achievements of the Walter Smiths of this world.
"I may or may not get there, but as long as I can help people continue their love of the beautiful game then that would be a level of success.
"I wish him well in his retirement, but he'll not be too far away."
Lennon was appointed Buddies boss last June after a successful spell in charge of Cowdenbeath.
He believes he has benefited from crossing paths with esteemed managerial colleagues such as Smith after matches.
"I've learnt so much in that department," added Lennon.
"The way he handles himself out of the game and behind the scenes is absolutely first class."
Gers go top
Rangers put their off-field troubles to one side to claim a 2-1 win over St Mirren that saw them move top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The club is facing UEFA disciplinary charges relating to alleged sectarian chanting at both legs of their Europa League tie against PSV Eindhoven but were able to deliver the goods on the park at Ibrox.
Sasa Papac's opener was cancelled out by Darren McGregor, before Steven Whittaker netted the winner from the penalty spot to send Rangers one point clear of Celtic, who are in Scottish Cup action this weekend.
Madjid Bougherra was named on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for several weeks.
There was a starting role for El-Hadji Diouf after he, along with Bougherra, escaped an additional ban from the Scottish Football Association this week following their actions in last month's Old Firm derby.
Richard Foster was also drafted into the side after sitting out the midweek win at Aberdeen under the terms of his loan agreement, while Saints were without suspended duo Michael Higdon and Hugh Murray.
Rangers dominated the opening spell but failed to create much in the way of clear-cut chances and put the Saints defence under any real amount of pressure.
They finally carved out a decent opportunity when Diouf's corner broke for Kyle Lafferty and he unleashed a shot that was prevented from hitting the back of the net by a timely block from Steven Thomson.
The big striker had the ball over the line when he collected from Diouf and sent an angled drive past the grasp of goalkeeper Paul Gallacher but the effort was flagged for offside.
Rangers were beginning to look more dangerous and Steven Davis played the pass out to Maurice Edu on the right flank and he delivered a tempting ball to the feet of Nikica Jelavic in front of goal, but the Croatian blasted well over.
The breakthrough came after 33 minutes and left-back Papac was the unlikely provider of the opener for the Scottish champions.
Lafferty raced onto a cross from Davis only to see his shot blocked on the line by Gallacher before Papac pounced to rifle home the rebound from six yards out.
But Saints were back on level terms just five minutes later when Darren McGregor volleyed past Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor from eight yards after Aaron Mooy had teed up the effort.
Rangers set about trying to restore their lead after the restart and Diouf supplied the pass for Jamie Ness to set up Jelavic but the striker was off-target with a shot from the tightest of angles.
Jelavic had a major role to play when the home side did find the back of the net when he slipped the ball through the legs of John Potter before being tripped in the box by the Saints defender.
Whittaker stepped up for the penalty and confidently rifled low past Gallacher from 12 yards with 52 minutes on the clock.
Jelavic was desperate for a goal of his own and should have done better when he met Foster's cross from the right and nodded over from a few yards out.
Rangers could have all but put the game beyond St Mirren when Edu released Davis down the right flank before he whipped a cross into the box for Jelavic but he just failed to connect at full stretch with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Saints tried to push forward in search of another equaliser in the final minutes but Walter Smith's men were able to see out the remainder of the match with their narrow advantage intact.
Rangers will now prepare for Tuesday's clash at Dundee United as they bid to stretch their lead at the top to four points before Celtic are next in SPL action.
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