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  • Date:05 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:5,820
  • Lafferty (19) Naismith (82)

Live Commentary


Maurice Edu takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.


Steve May produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.


Headed effort from close range by Steven Naismith goes wide left of the target.


Nikica Jelavic takes a shot.


Corner taken by John Fleck from the right by-line, Maurice Edu takes a shot. Alan Maybury gets a block in.


Steven Naismith finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers.


Chris Millar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis. Richard Foster takes the direct free kick.


Steve May is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Robertson.


Jordan Robertson takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.


The ball is crossed by Jamie Ness, clearance made by Michael Duberry.


Nikica Jelavic crosses the ball.


Peter MacDonald receives a caution. The referee penalises Peter MacDonald for handball. Steven Whittaker takes the direct free kick.


Jamie Ness comes on in place of Kyle Lafferty. John Fleck replaces Gregg Wylde.


Corner from left by-line taken by Liam Craig.


The ball is swung over by Daniele Invincibile, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.


Alan Maybury takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.


The ball is sent over by Richard Foster.


The ball is crossed by Alan Maybury, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.


(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Arvydas Novikovas coming on for Daniel Grainger. Kevin Moon goes off and Peter MacDonald comes on.


Kyle Lafferty challenges Alan Maybury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.


A cross is delivered by Kevin Moon.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.


Centre by Gregg Wylde.


Chris Millar produces a cross, clearance by Steven Whittaker.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Robertson by Steven Whittaker. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from left wing, David Weir manages to make a clearance.


Effort from the edge of the box by Nikica Jelavic goes wide of the left-hand post.


David MacKay receives a caution. Centre by Steven Naismith.


The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, save by Allan McGregor.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance made by David MacKay.


A cross is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Alan Maybury gets a block in.


Centre by Richard Foster, Kevin Moon makes a clearance.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Foster on Chris Millar. David MacKay crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Maurice Edu on Chris Millar. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Grainger on Nikica Jelavic. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.


Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.


Nikica Jelavic produces a cross, clearance by Michael Duberry.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Maurice Edu. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.


Steven Whittaker fouled by Jordan Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.


Unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by David MacKay results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, Header from inside the area by David Weir strikes the post.


Kyle Lafferty goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.


Liam Craig sends in a cross, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.


The ball is delivered by David MacKay, clearance made by Sasa Papac.


Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, save made by Allan McGregor.


Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.


Richard Foster is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.


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


The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, save made by Peter Enckelman.


Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line, clearance by David MacKay.


Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. David MacKay gets a block in.


Daniele Invincibile is caught offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.


Jordan Robertson takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.


The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, clearance by Alan Maybury.


Kyle Lafferty challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.


Kyle Lafferty finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers.


The official flags Daniele Invincibile offside. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.


Centre by Gregg Wylde, save by Peter Enckelman.


Alan Maybury sends in a cross, clearance made by Richard Foster.


Inswinging corner taken by David MacKay from the left by-line, Nikica Jelavic manages to make a clearance.


A cross is delivered by Liam Craig, Richard Foster makes a clearance.


Alan Maybury delivers the ball, clearance by David Weir.


Centre by Daniel Grainger.


Shot from 35 yards by Maurice Edu went wide of the left-hand post.


Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.


Jordan Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

Match Preview

McInnes seeks cutting edge St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes has urged his players to be more instinctive around the penalty box as they look to cause an upset against Rangers. McInnes admitted he was embarrassed by his team's tally of 18 goals in 30 Clydesdale Bank Premier League games following their goalless draw against Kilmarnock on Saturday, which put a severe dent in their top-six hopes. The Perth side have had few problems at the other end in recent times, having kept nine clean sheets in 10 matches at McDiarmid Park this year. And McInnes will continue working on his players' attitude in a bid to sharpen their goalscoring impulses before the visit of Rangers. "I think confidence comes into it, and belief," he said. "We need to be more instinctive and determined to score, and intelligent in and around the box. "I must stress some of the performances as a team have been more than fine. We just need that missing bit of polish to get results. "Maybe we just need a break. I felt we should have had a penalty on Saturday. "Sometimes you need some deflections and things to go for you, but as a manager and a coach you can't be dependent on it. "You have to instil confidence. Hopefully that comes on the back of scoring once. But I do think we can be a bit more instinctive." Saints hope to have defender Steven Anderson back in their squad. The defender missed Saturday's draw with Kilmarnock with a minor knee injury but is hopeful of recovering. Collin Samuel hopes to brush off a hip knock but Jamie Adams (hamstring), Graham Gartland (groin), Jody Morris (back) and Sam Parkin (knee) remain out. Meanwhile, skipper David Weir admits lack of numbers at Rangers is a concern but insists shortage in personnel was no excuse for their defeat to Dundee United. The Scottish champions' injury woes were highlighted by the fact they were able to name just five substitutes on the bench for Saturday's 3-2 loss at Ibrox. Rangers twice surrendered the advantage in the game before eventually conceding a last minute winner to United, and Weir knows those players who were available should have done better. He said: "I don't think it helps but it's not an excuse. Everybody who played were experienced players. "We are not looking for excuses. It's easy to find excuses but we know we've just got to do better. "That's the nature of football, you don't have the same people next to you every week. I don't think that was the reason we lost the game. "I don't think it was anything to do with the players we had missing, we just didn't play well enough on the day and we made mistakes and Dundee United were good." On-loan defender Kyle Bartley has returned to Arsenal after being ruled out for the remainder of the season, while Madjid Bougherra, Vladimir Weiss, Kirk Broadfoot and Lee McCulloch are all still out of action ahead of the visit to St Johnstone. "It is a concern, I don't think you can get away from that," said Weir. "It's not a gimmick or psychology or anything, it's the bare bones and that's what we are down to. "We had a couple of lads who were injured soon before the United game and that's all we had available to put on the bench. "That's the situation we've been in for a while and it's gotten a little bit worse. We can't bring any players in so that's where we are and we've got to get on with it." Asked if Rangers, still in the hunt for the title despite depleted resources, are over-achieving, the 40-year-old said: "That's for other people to say. "We don't feel we are, we feel as though we have a good team, with good players, and we are capable of winning trophies and winning games. "That's what we expect of ourselves. The group are very disappointed we lost the last game and we will see how we respond."

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 442Manager: Walter Smith


  • Peter Enckelman
  • Alan Maybury
  • David MacKay
  • Michael Duberry
  • Daniel Grainger
  • Chris Millar
  • Kevin Moon
  • Murray Davidson
  • Liam Craig
  • Daniele Invincibile
  • Jordan Robertson
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Cleveland Taylor
  • Steven Anderson
  • Peter MacDonald
  • Steve May
  • Liam Caddis



Match Report

Rangers back at the summit Rangers returned to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for the first time since Boxing Day with a 2-0 win over St Johnstone. Walter Smith's men had squandered the opportunity to leapfrog rivals Celtic to the summit at the weekend but returned to winning ways in Perth. Kyle Lafferty netted his eighth of the season before Steven Naismith left it late to wrap up the win as Rangers moved a point clear at the top before Celtic face Hibernian on Wednesday. Rangers made one change from the side who lost to Dundee United at the weekend. Lafferty was back in action after recovering from a knee injury and he was given the nod ahead of El-Hadji Diouf. Saints made two changes. Kevin Moon and Jordan Robertson were added to the side, with Peter MacDonald on the bench and Collin Samuel failing to recover from a hip problem. Saints had a shout for a penalty early on when Danny Grainger appeared to be tripped in the box by Gregg Wylde but no spot-kick award was forthcoming from referee Crawford Allan. Wylde then tried to turn provider for Lafferty with a long cross from the left but goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was first to the ball to prevent the big striker connecting with the header. Lafferty was on target with 20 minutes gone when he pounced on a short headed pass-back from Grainger before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into the back of the net. Lafferty could have added to his tally when he ran onto a long ball from Sasa Papac but Dave Mackay was quick to react with the block to deny the Northern Irishman his second of the night. Saints had a chance to level when Steven Whittaker failed to clear the danger sufficiently and the ball broke for Murray Davidson, whose shot was tipped just wide of the post by goalkeeper Allan McGregor. The champions could have doubled their lead when Lafferty won a free-kick that was flighted into the box by Wylde only for David Weir to see his header crash off the post. Rangers looked dangerous after the restart when Lafferty turned provider for Nikica Jelavic but the Croatian, who had so far failed to impose himself on the game, screwed the effort wide. At the other end, McGregor produced a superb save to push Moon's shot wide of the upright but the offside flag was raised anyway. Saints made a double switch when Moon and Grainger were withdrawn for the introduction of MacDonald and Arvydas Novikovas as they attempted to haul themselves back into the game. McGregor prevented Rangers from being pegged back with a great save to deny Davidson, before Robertson's rebound shot was deflected wide. With 15 minutes to go, the Ibrox side replaced goalscorer Lafferty and Wylde with Jamie Ness and John Fleck. Saints still looked capable of finding an equaliser and McDonald's cross was met by Robertson for the header but he nodded straight into the grateful hands of McGregor from close range. There appeared to be no way back for the home side when Rangers doubled their advantage with 83 minutes on the clock when a flick-on from Jelavic was met by Naismith and he rifled low past Enckelman to seal the win. Jelavic could have put the gloss on the win with a ferocious shot that smacked off the underside of the crossbar, before Naismith nodded the rebound wide.

Form Guide

  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Rangers

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 4 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 27/02/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

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


  • N Jelavic 9
  • SJ Naismith 7
  • V Weiss 5
  • K Lafferty 3
  • S Papac 2
  • S Davis 2
  • M Edu 2
  • D Healy 1
  • E Diouf 1
  • M Bougherra 1
  • K Bartley 1


St Johnstone

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 18
  • 3 (For) 4 (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
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 96
    • Goals per game 62
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins