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Hamilton Academical 1-4 Rangers

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Highlights: Hamilton Academical 1-4 Rangers

Defender Declan John scored a double as Rangers came from behind to beat Hamilton Academical in the Premiership.

Danny Redmond fired Accies ahead after a minute but John's brace and Daniel Candeias' drilled effort made it 3-1.

The visitors had Ryan Jack sent off for two bookings before Graham Dorrans extended their lead with a penalty after Alex Gogic fouled Jason Holt.

Accies' Rakish Bingham then had a penalty saved by Wes Foderingham after Ross McCrorie downed Botti Biabi.

The win takes Rangers into third spot in the table on goal difference, with 14 points from eight games. Hamilton remain in eighth place with seven points.

Graham Dorrans scores
Graham Dorrans made it 4-1 with a dinked penalty

Much of the pre-match talk centred around Kenny Miller, or to be precise the absence of the experienced striker, after he was dropped from the Rangers first team by manager Pedro Caixinha.

There was also plenty of talk about the importance of this match for the Ibrox manager following last week's Old Firm defeat.

Hamilton Accies were looking to end a run of three successive Premiership defeats and they could not have hoped for a better start to the match.

Bingham wriggled away from Fabio Cardoso on the left side of the box and got a shot away, only for Foderingham to make a block. The hosts were quickest to react, however, and Redmond produced a composed finish to send his side ahead.

Rangers were rattled but on-loan Cardiff City left-back John, back in the side following an injury, came to their rescue.

After 21 minutes the Welshman raced at the Accies back line and as they backed off he cut in and unleashed a right-foot shot that beat Darren Jamieson and nestled in the bottom corner.

Danny Redmond scores for Hamilton
Danny Redmond made no mistake with a composed finish to open the scoring

John made it 2-1 four minutes later after excellent link-up play with Josh Windass, but Jamieson should have done better at his near post.

Rangers had found a nice rhythm and after Alfredo Morelos had an effort well saved by Jamieson they added a third.

Dorrans' delightful lob over the Accies defence was perfect for Candeias, who rifled the ball beyond Jamieson from an angle.

Redmond and Louis Longridge passed up chances as Accies enjoyed a period of possession before half time.

The visitors thought they had scored a fourth when Carlos Pena finished at the back post, but referee Andrew Dallas rightly ruled it out as the Mexican had turned the ball in with his arm.

Midfielder Jack was sent off after his challenge on Greg Docherty earned him a second booking, but it was the visitors who were soon celebrating again.

Daniel Candeias nets
Daniel Candeias fired in from an angle to give Rangers a 3-1 lead

Gogic's tug on substitute Holt earned the penalty award and Dorrans coolly clipped the ball home to make it 4-1.

Hamilton failed to take advantage of their extra man, with Biabi and Gogic passing up reasonable chances.

They had a gilt-edged opportunity on 71 minutes after McCrorie brought down Biabi, but Foderingham was equal to Bingham's spot-kick.

The visiting keeper was in good form and with time running out he made an excellent stop to deny Steven Boyd.

Accies had the chances to make the game a lot closer but it was exactly the result Rangers and their manager craved.

Declan John scores
John netted his first of the game with his right foot after an excellent run

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 19Jamieson
  • 5Tomas
  • 13Gogic
  • 3McMann
  • 2Skondras
  • 8DochertyBooked at 34mins
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forBoydat 76'minutes
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forDonatiat 62'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 9Bingham
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forBiabiat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Fulton
  • 14Biabi
  • 21Donati
  • 22Lyon
  • 23Hughes
  • 28Cunningham
  • 30Boyd

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Cardoso
  • 40McCrorie
  • 3John
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forDálcioat 90'minutes
  • 8JackBooked at 54mins
  • 10Dorrans
  • 11Windass
  • 27PeñaBooked at 14minsSubstituted forHoltat 55'minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forHerreraat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Dálcio
  • 15Herrera
  • 17Hodson
  • 23Holt
  • 25Alnwick
  • 28Nemane
  • 34Wilson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
5,400

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Rangers 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Rangers 4.

Botti Biabi (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan John (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Giannis Skondras.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical).

Graham Dorrans (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Declan John.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dálcio replaces Daniel Candeias.

Attempt saved. Botti Biabi (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Josh Windass (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Jamieson.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical).

Josh Windass (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Ali Crawford.

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Candeias (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Eduardo Herrera replaces Alfredo Morelos.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Declan John.

Penalty saved! Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Botti Biabi draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ross McCrorie (Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Botti Biabi (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Botti Biabi replaces Louis Longridge.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Massimo Donati replaces Daniel Redmond.

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Rangers 4. Graham Dorrans (Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Rangers. Jason Holt draws a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic76101831519
2Aberdeen7520126617
3Rangers84221711614
4St Johnstone7421138514
5Hibernian73311210212
6Motherwell73131010010
7Hearts723268-29
8Hamilton82151217-57
9Dundee7124815-75
10Ross County7115514-94
11Partick Thistle7034813-53
12Kilmarnock7034511-63
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