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Rangers 0-0 Ross County

Clint Hill has a chance for Rangers
Clint Hill (second from right) had an effort cleared off the line

Rangers were held to a third Scottish Premiership draw of the season as Ross County claimed a point at Ibrox.

The hosts - without Joey Barton, who was sent home earlier in the week after an internal row - came close with Josh Windass' effort cleared off the line.

Clint Hill was also denied by a goal-line intervention and substitute Michael O'Halloran headed off the bar.

County threatened through Jonathan Franks and Alex Schalk, goalkeeper Wes Foderingham saving from both.

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Highlights: Rangers 0-0 Ross County

Barton missed?

The home crowd seemed in little doubt, reserving their loudest cheer for Andy Halliday's name when the starting line-up was read out.

It was Halliday who Barton argued with in training, before also having words with manager Mark Warburton, and the Rangers support sang Halliday's name after the game started.

Rangers tried to recapture the dynamism of last season's form in winning the Championship, with Halliday joined in midfield by Jason Holt and Windass, two players capable of pressing and working at a high tempo. The pace improved the home side's play, although there was still a lack of cohesion in the final third.

Windass had an effort disallowed for offside after three minutes and then saw another shot cleared off the line by Paul Quinn, the midfielder having rounded County goalkeeper Scott Fox.

Josh Windass nets from an offside position
Windass (second from right) netted but was flagged offside

County cling on

The visitors were organised and assertive in the way they defended on their first visit to Ibrox. Rangers enjoyed greater possession, which delivered more attempts on goal, and there were moments when County would have felt relieved.

Kenny van der Wegg and Michael Gardyne combined to tackle Barrie McKay inside the penalty area, which resulted in claims for a spot-kick but referee Greg Aitken waved them away.

Fox saved well from Martyn Waghorn, while Martin Woods cleared a Hill header off the line and O'Halloran nodded against the goal frame.

At the other end, Franks' effort from inside the area was pushed away by Foderingham.

Air of discontent

Grumbles were evident as Rangers' performance lacked the cutting edge to deliver all three points. Lee Wallace suffered a moment of alarm, too, when his mistake let Schalk in, but Foderingham saved well.

Rangers - who lost 5-1 away to Celtic last week - are now three points behind the leaders, who have two games in hand, and face a trip to Aberdeen next weekend.

The home fans booed the players off at the end, disgruntled by the scoreline, and there are still problems for Warburton to solve.

Mark Warburton
Warburton's side have taken nine from a possible 18 points so far this season

Managers' reaction

Rangers boss Mark Warburton: "I'm never happy about dropping two points at home but I'm very pleased with the performance. That's our best 90-minute performance of the season.

"I'm sure you'll agree we created more than enough chances to win two or three games. We just hit every part of the goalkeeper's body.

"It was one of those days but we've got to be much happier with the quality of performance. Nine times out of 10 that will be enough to win games."

Ross County's Jim McIntyre: "At times it was desperate for us, we had to hang in and graft and then you get that slice of luck that you need when you come to the big clubs.

"It's bad enough coming off the back of an Old Firm defeat but with what has gone on during the week [Joey Barton's temporary ban] it would have given them motivation to go and get the result, a comfortable victory."

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Wilson
  • 3Hill
  • 5WallaceBooked at 42mins
  • 23HoltSubstituted forKranjcarat 74'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 11Windass
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forO'Halloranat 66'minutes
  • 7GarnerSubstituted forMillerat 65'minutes
  • 10McKay

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 15Forrester
  • 17Hodson
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 21Crooks
  • 25Gilks
  • 29O'Halloran

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 43Quinn
  • 15Davies
  • 28van der Weg
  • 17FranksSubstituted forChowat 68'minutes
  • 4Routis
  • 8WoodsBooked at 63mins
  • 7Gardyne
  • 11CurranSubstituted forMorrisonat 84'minutes
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forDingwallat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cikos
  • 12Chow
  • 16Dingwall
  • 18McShane
  • 31McCarey
  • 53Morrison
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
47,935

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 0, Ross County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 0, Ross County 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

  4. Post update

    Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael O'Halloran (Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Martin Woods.

  11. Post update

    Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Greg Morrison (Ross County).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Greg Morrison replaces Craig Curran.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tony Dingwall (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Clint Hill (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Alex Schalk because of an injury.