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Foul by Steven Anderson on Juanma Ortiz, free kick awarded. Kyle Bartley takes the direct free kick.
Maurice Edu takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Anderson.
Unfair challenge on David MacKay by Salim Kerkar results in a free kick. Salim Kerkar goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Dorin Goian.
Sone Aluko fouled by Steven Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Steven Davis misses to the left of the target.
Maurice Edu takes a shot. Liam Craig gets a block in.
Juanma Ortiz joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Healy.
Cillian Sheridan on for David Robertson.
Nikica Jelavic scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-2 Rangers.
Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Salim Kerkar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Wallace. Sone Aluko takes the free kick.
The official flags David Robertson offside. Free kick taken by Dorin Goian.
Kyle Bartley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
David Healy produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Maurice Edu. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Shot by Liam Craig from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Sandaza. Maurice Edu goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jody Morris from the left by-line, clearance made by Carlos Bocanegra.
Foul by Marcus Haber on Lee Wallace, free kick awarded. Neil Alexander takes the free kick.
Liam Craig concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Bartley. Kyle Bartley takes the direct free kick.
David Robertson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
An own goal is conceded by Carlos Bocanegra. St Johnstone 1-1 Rangers.
Marcus Haber takes a shot.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Francisco Sandaza. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on David Robertson. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.
Lee Wallace delivers a pass corner to short, Callum Davidson makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Lee Wallace from the right by-line, clearance by Francisco Sandaza.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David McCracken by David Healy. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from left channel, Dorin Goian manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dorin Goian on Francisco Sandaza. Direct free kick taken by Callum Davidson.
Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Effort from inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Liam Craig. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Sone Aluko from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Steven Davis, Dorin Goian takes a shot. Blocked by David Robertson.
Steven Davis takes a shot from 12 yards. Jody Morris gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on David McCracken. David McCracken takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Francisco Sandaza offside. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
Shot by David Healy. Steven Anderson gets a block in.
Headed effort from inside the area by David Robertson misses to the left of the target.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Save made by Neil Alexander.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Healy by Steven Anderson. Sone Aluko produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. David Robertson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Steven Anderson on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. David Healy produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Peter Enckelman.
Francisco Sandaza is ruled offside. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris by David Healy. David McCracken takes the free kick.
Booking for Jody Morris for dissent.
Nikica Jelavic finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers.Assist by Sone Aluko.
Sone Aluko takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on David Healy. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.
Nikica Jelavic has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the goal.
David Healy has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Nikica Jelavic concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Anderson. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Dorin Goian gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Dorin Goian goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Callum Davidson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Neil Alexander makes a comfortable save.
Marcus Haber is ruled offside. Neil Alexander takes the indirect free kick.
David McCracken concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by David Robertson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Marcus Haber fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Craig.
The ball is sent over by Liam Craig.
Callum Davidson fouled by Kyle Bartley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson.
Francisco Sandaza is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Steven Davis. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
McCoist names duo on Rangers' wanted list
Rangers manager Ally McCoist has stepped up plans to boost his squad this month by making a bid to sign Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik and offering a trial to Estonian defender Enar Jaager.
The 21-year-old Celik is a free agent after his contract with Gothenburg club GAIS came to an end and has also been linked with Turkish side Gaziantepspor.
McCoist said: "He is a player we have been looking at for a good while now and we have been in touch with his agent. He's a young player we have looked at in recent months and he has impressed us.
"He's one that we would like to come here, that's for sure. We have made an offer to the player's agent and we are just waiting on feedback and hopefully that can be agreed.
"It's not imminent but we will wait and see and hopefully things will develop in the next few days."
Rangers have also made St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza a pre-contract offer and have alerted the Perth club to their interest.
McCoist said: "I spoke to (St Johnstone manager) Steve Lomas this morning (Friday) just to let him know that we have put a pre-contract bid in for the end of the season when his contract is up.
"I said Steve would be the first person to know if anything was happening so we have had a chat and he knows about that.
"That's where we are and I think Sandaza's agent will be speaking to him on Monday or Tuesday of next week."
Rangers take on Saints on Saturday and their manager Steve Lomas insists the news has not created a rift between the two bosses.
Lomas said: "Murray and Fran are our players. There have been no offers. There's never been any problem with me and Ally McCoist.
"I think Ally McCoist is a great man, an Ibrox legend.
"He's got a very tough job there because he's following an Ibrox legend of a manager in Walter Smith and somewhat he's got his hands tied behind his back."
Rangers are boosted by the news that defender Kyle Bartley and midfielder Maurice Edu are fit.
The pair suffered knocks during last week's William Hill Scottish Cup tie at Arbroath but are available for the trip to Perth.
Midfielder Steven Davis returns from suspension but Kirk Broadfoot, Steven Whittaker, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith remain on the sidelines.
Striker Cillian Sheridan and defender Frazer Wright have returned to training and could take some part for St Johnstone.
Sheridan, who this week agreed an extension to his loan deal until the end of the season, has made one eight-minute appearance under manager Steve Lomas due to a hamstring problem.
Wright, meanwhile, has been absent with a thigh injury since the win at Hearts on December 3.
Jelavic double gives Gers edge
Nikica Jelavic grabbed a double as Rangers put their recent jitters on the road behind them with a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
The Croatian ensured the points would be heading back to Ibrox with a late winner after his opener was cancelled out by an own goal from Carlos Bocanegra.
The Light Blues had lost back-to-back Clydesdale Bank Premier League away games prior to this encounter but Ally McCoist's men ensured they kept the pressure on Old Firm rivals Celtic by leapfrogging them in the table.
Rangers made two changes from the side which defeated Arbroath in last week's William Hill Scottish Cup tie.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor was out with a thigh injury and John Fleck was dropped to the bench, with Neil Alexander making his first SPL appearance of the season in goal and Steven Davis back from suspension.
Saints also made two changes, with Callum Davidson and David Robertson given the nod ahead of Alan Maybury and Carl Finnigan.
The first real chance fell to the Perth side when Francisco Sandaza - who is reportedly set to reject a pre-contract offer from Rangers - beat several players before slotting into the path of Marcus Haber.
Haber had the ball in the back of the net after 13 minutes when he rifled past Alexander but Rangers were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the effort was flagged offside.
Dorin Goian became the first player in the game to be booked a minute later when referee Craig Thomson penalised him for a foul on Murray Davidson, before David Healy dragged a low shot wide for the visitors.
Rangers surged ahead after 23 minutes when Sone Aluko collected a quick free-kick from Davis and weaved his way into the box before unleashing a shot which was blocked, before Jelavic pounced to stab home from close range.
The home side were unhappy with the positioning of the set-piece and St Johnstone skipper Jody Morris was booked for dissent. Thomson then warned both managers about their behaviour towards each other in the dug-out.
Jelavic required treatment following a challenge by Steven Anderson but Healy failed to make the resultant free-kick count and goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was able to smother comfortably, before producing a decent save to deny Jelavic his second of the day.
Rangers emerged for the second half determined to strengthen their lead and Davis saw his shot blocked by Morris after being teed up for the effort by a lovely ball from Aluko.
Davis whipped the corner into the packed goalmouth where Goian rose above everyone else only to be denied a goal when his header was nodded off the line by Robertson.
Saints were back on level terms after 67 minutes when a Liam Craig cross was nodded down towards goal by Haber and deflected into the back of his own net by American defender Bocanegra.
The home side were threatening again just moments later when Sandaza squared for Robertson on the edge of the box and his swerving effort fell just wide.
Rangers tried desperately to reclaim their lead and a well-struck shot from Healy was blocked by Enckelman and Lee Wallace failed to connect at the far post to nod home the loose ball.
The Ibrox side were celebrating with 81 minutes gone when Aluko's free-kick was nodded onto his own crossbar by Murray Davidson and dropped for Jelavic to force over the line from a couple of yards out.
The away fans then clamoured for a penalty when Jelavic went to ground under pressure from Dave Mackay, but no award was forthcoming as the Scottish champions held on for the win.
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