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  • Date:30 Jul 2011
  • Kick-off:12:00
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:6,459
  • Naismith (30) Jelavic (49)
Goal!

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92mins

Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a comfortable save.

90mins

Gregg Wylde takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.

89mins

Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.

86mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Palazon Juanma Ortiz. Jody Morris takes the free kick.

84mins

Steven Davis takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Anderson.

84mins

Palazon Juanma Ortiz challenges David MacKay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

83mins

Palazon Juanma Ortiz takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

83mins

Gregg Wylde comes on in place of Maurice Edu.

82mins

Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Jody Morris restarts play with the free kick.

81mins

Chris Millar produces a cross, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Jody Morris has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

78mins

The ball is swung over by Madjid Bougherra.

77mins

The referee blows for offside against Palazon Juanma Ortiz. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

75mins

Steven Davis delivers the ball in from the corner, free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Steven Anderson. (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Palazon Juanma Ortiz coming on for Lee McCulloch. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

75mins

Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.

74mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, clearance by Marcus Haber.

74mins

The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace, Jody Morris manages to make a clearance.

73mins

Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

73mins

Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Sasa Papac results in a free kick. Callum Davidson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

71mins

Steven Whittaker sends in a cross.

69mins

Corner taken by Steven Davis, clearance by Murray Davidson.

69mins

Sasa Papac delivers the ball, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.

67mins

Frazer Wright challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, Headed effort from inside the box by Maurice Edu misses to the right of the target.

66mins

Marcus Haber handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

65mins

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.

64mins

Steven Naismith challenges Frazer Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jody Morris takes the free kick.

64mins

Effort on goal by Marcus Haber from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

60mins

Chris Millar replaces David Robertson. (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Carl Finnigan coming on for Cillian Sheridan.

58mins

The ball is crossed by Maurice Edu.

56mins

Booking for Sasa Papac for unsporting behaviour.

54mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee McCulloch on Murray Davidson. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.

54mins

The ball is sent over by Cillian Sheridan.

53mins

Murray Davidson fouled by Nikica Jelavic, the ref awards a free kick. Callum Davidson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.

52mins

Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Jody Morris takes the free kick.

51mins

Foul by Kevin Moon on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

51mins

Marcus Haber sends in a cross.

50mins

Nikica Jelavic fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Steven Naismith.

49mins

A cross is delivered by David MacKay, Allan McGregor makes a save.

48mins

The referee penalises Steven Naismith for handball. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.

47mins

Jody Morris crosses the ball, clearance made by Lee Wallace.

46mins

Marcus Haber takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jody Morris from the right by-line. Steven Anderson produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Cillian Sheridan. Callum Davidson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Dorin Goian makes a clearance. Cillian Sheridan is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

44mins

Foul by David Robertson on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Lee McCulloch takes the free kick.

44mins

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker.

41mins

Frazer Wright sends in a cross, blocked by Steven Naismith.

38mins

Corner taken short by Steven Davis.

37mins

Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Wallace. The referee books Murray Davidson for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis from left channel, clearance by Marcus Haber.

35mins

Callum Davidson challenges Steven Whittaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Lee Wallace, Shot from inside the area by Lee McCulloch clears the bar.

34mins

A cross is delivered by Sasa Papac, clearance by Steven Anderson.

33mins

Sasa Papac crosses the ball.

30mins

Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. The ball is delivered by Lee Wallace, Steven Naismith grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Lee Wallace.

30mins

Unfair challenge on Dorin Goian by Cillian Sheridan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

28mins

The ball is swung over by David Robertson, Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.

26mins

Nikica Jelavic crosses the ball, Callum Davidson manages to make a clearance.

25mins

Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.

25mins

Steven Davis sends in a cross.

22mins

Cillian Sheridan concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. Free kick taken by Lee Wallace.

20mins

Steven Whittaker sends in a cross.

19mins

Unfair challenge on David Robertson by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.

19mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance made by Cillian Sheridan.

18mins

Sasa Papac delivers the ball, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.

18mins

Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson.

15mins

The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dorin Goian on Cillian Sheridan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jody Morris, Dorin Goian makes a clearance.

11mins

Shot by Murray Davidson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

11mins

Steven Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Davidson. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

10mins

The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Steven Naismith takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a comfortable save.

9mins

Unfair challenge on Cillian Sheridan by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Jody Morris takes the direct free kick.

7mins

Shot from long range by Cillian Sheridan misses to the right of the target.

4mins

Inswinging corner taken by Jody Morris from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the box by Marcus Haber misses to the right of the target.

4mins

Callum Davidson takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

3mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, Peter Enckelman fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.

2mins

The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, save by Peter Enckelman.

Match Preview

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 442Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

  • Peter Enckelman
  • David MacKay
  • Steven Anderson
  • Frazer Wright
  • Callum Davidson
  • Kevin Moon
  • Murray Davidson
  • Jody Morris
  • David Robertson
  • Marcus Haber
  • Cillian Sheridan
  • SUBS
  • Alan Mannus
  • Chris Millar
  • David McCracken
  • Carl Finnigan
  • Steve May
  • Ricky McIntosh
  • Chris Moffat

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Match Report

McCoist breaks Gers duck Steven Naismith grabbed his second goal of the season as Ally McCoist celebrated his first competitive win as Rangers manager with a 2-0 victory against St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Nikica Jelavic was also on target in Perth as the Scottish champions went some way to making amends for last week's draw with Hearts and the reverse against Malmo in Tuesday's Champions League qualifier at Ibrox. Rangers will now hope this win provides a much-needed boost ahead of their trip to Sweden this coming week where they must overcome a 1-0 deficit to keep alive their hopes of a place in the group stages. Dorin Goian made his Rangers debut from the start at McDiarmid Park after being granted a work permit and international clearance following his move from Palermo earlier in the week. The defender replaced David Weir in the starting line-up after the skipper failed to recover from a hamstring injury picked up against Malmo. Saints added Marcus Haber and Kevin Moon to the side after last week's draw at Aberdeen but new signing Francisco Sandaza missed out as a result of lack of match fitness. The home side carved out the first real chance when Callum Davidson tried his luck with a swerving effort that was pushed to safety by Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor. At the other end, Steven Whittaker teed up the shot for Naismith in front of goal but his finish was weak and failed to trouble goalkeeper Peter Enckelman. Saints still looked capable of grabbing the opener and were not too far away when Sasa Papac, playing in an unfamiliar left midfield role, lost possession and Rangers target Murray Davidson burst through on goal only to screw wide. However, the Scottish champions could have been ahead when Jelavic met a Papac cross from the left and his bullet header looked netbound until Enckelman produced a great save to push wide. The breakthrough came after 31 minutes when Rangers surged into the lead when they were handed a free-kick for a Murray Davidson foul on Jelavic. Lee Wallace flighted the set-piece into the box where Naismith was waiting to send a firm header past the grasp of Enckelman and into the bottom corner. Saints were out of the traps quickly after the break and Haber could have levelled when he turned and unleashed a ferocious shot that fizzed just past the post. But it was Rangers who were celebrating again just five minutes after the restart when Naismith slotted into the path of Jelavic and the Croatian striker shrugged off Callum Davidson before dispatching a low, angled drive into the back of the net. St Johnstone made a double change after an hour, with David Robertson and Cillian Sheridan withdrawn and Chris Millar and Carl Finnigan thrown into the action. The home side could have had a claim for a penalty when Finnigan went to ground in the box under pressure from Maurice Edu but nothing was given by referee Alan Muir. Rangers made their first switch when Lee McCulloch was replaced by Juan Manuel Ortiz with 15 minutes to go. Their hosts could then have set up a tense finale had they been able to pull a goal back when Finnigan set up Jody Morris for the shot and he dragged just wide of the upright. But Rangers held on for the win to ease the pressure after what had been a disappointing start to both their domestic and European campaigns.

Form Guide

    D
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Rangers
  • D

Last Meetings

  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 05/04/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

    Rangers

    • SJ Naismith 1

    Goals

    St Johnstone

      • Total goals 0
      • Goals per game 0

    Rangers

      • Total goals 1
      • Goals per game 1
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
    • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins

    possession


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