Scottish Championship
Rangers1St Mirren0

Rangers 1-0 St Mirren

Substitute Harry Forrester's late strike gave Rangers victory over St Mirren and stretched their lead to 11 points at the top of the Championship.

Kenny Miller missed from three yards in a stodgy, goalless first half and the home side laboured after the break.

With four minutes remaining though Forrester curled a shot past Buddies goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

With second-placed Hibernian losing at Dumbarton, Rangers are in a commanding position in the title race.

Miller, 36, back in the starting line-up along with midfielder Nicky Law, had Rangers' first real effort on goal in the ninth minute when he curled a shot from the edge of the box just past the post after good set-up play by Michael O'Halloran.

The Buddies' organisation and assuredness was providing a problem for the home side, but they should have taken the lead before the break after Miller blasted over from another penetrating run from O'Halloran.

The Ibrox side stepped up the pressure in the second half but faced a red-shirted wall of St Mirren defenders who dropped deeper while remaining organised and resolute.

In the 67th minute, after St Mirren midfielder Stevie Mallan had clattered Billy King 25 yards from goal, James Tavernier's free-kick was heading for the top corner before Langfield pushed it round the post for a corner, which was again defended.

Forrester replaced Holt three minutes later before Miller slashed a volley over the bar from 16 yards to more groans from the home support.

In the final, frantic stages, Langfield saved another free-kick from Tavernier which was sneaking in at the far post, but could do nothing to halt Forrester's strike from inside the box.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4KiernanBooked at 76mins
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 23HoltSubstituted forForresterat 70'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 7LawSubstituted forShielsat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 9Miller
  • 19McKaySubstituted forKingat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 6Ball
  • 14Clark
  • 15Forrester
  • 17King
  • 22Shiels
  • 62Burt

St Mirren

  • 12Langfield
  • 20Watson
  • 15BairdBooked at 79mins
  • 4Webster
  • 28Irvine
  • 37McAllisterSubstituted forStewartat 59'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 27Quinn
  • 25Shankland
  • 24ClarksonSubstituted forThompsonat 64'minutes
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forKellyat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 6Goodwin
  • 8Gow
  • 9Thompson
  • 16Agnew
  • 32Wilks
  • 33Stewart
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
46,366

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, St. Mirren 0.

Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Dean Shiels (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dean Shiels (Rangers).

Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Harry Forrester (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

Harry Forrester (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keith Watson (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, St. Mirren 0. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael O'Halloran.

Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

Danny Wilson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

Attempt saved. Billy King (Rangers) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Jack Baird (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jack Baird (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Billy King (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Attempt saved. Billy King (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Sean Kelly replaces Calum Gallagher.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Steven Thompson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Calum Gallagher (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St. Mirren).

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers26213268175166
2Hibernian26174543232055
3Falkirk26158344212353
4Raith Rovers2410592930-135
5Morton2687112830-231
6Queen of Sth2494112332-931
7St Mirren2576122434-1027
8Dumbarton2574142244-2225
9Livingston2655162739-1220
10Alloa2634191452-3813
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