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Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

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Highlights: Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Rangers closed the gap on second-place Aberdeen to three points with a well-earned victory over Partick Thistle.

Josh Windass opened the scoring in the first half, ended a sweeping attack move with a deft finish.

The visitors doubled their advantage after the break when James Tavernier curled a shot into the top corner from distance.

Partick were bright in the opening period, and Conor Sammon struck the post, but they remain second bottom.

Rangers were looking for a response after losing 2-1 to Hibernian on Saturday. It was lacking in the early stages as the home side started strongly.

Rangers full-back James Tavernier scores against Partick Thistle
Rangers full-back James Tavernier doubled his side's lead over Partick Thistle with a stunning strike from distance

They pressured Graeme Murty's side all over the pitch, forcing Rangers to play long balls from which the hosts recycled possession.

That approach led to credible chances to take the lead for Partick Thistle, which in they will look back on with regret.

A poor Tavernier pass in midfield allowed Blair Spittal to release Sammon down the inside right channel. The angle was tight and the striker's close-range dink was well covered by Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham. However, it was a signal of Sammon's threat.

That danger continued, and shortly after he flashed a volley narrowly wide when hitting the target would likely have opened the scoring.

It is often highlighted in games like this that the less-fancied side have to capitalise on such opportunities. So it proved.

Rangers defender Russell Martin and Partick Thistle striker Conor Sammon
Partick Thistle striker Conor Sammon couldn't convert two early chances then hit the post before half-time

Rangers began to creep into the game, with Jason Holt strong in midfield, seemingly relishing in his role as captain.

The visitors' first chance came when Tavernier sped at the Thistle defence, his clever flick released Daniel Candeias, who saw his angled shot blocked by Partick Thistle defender Baily Cargill.

The home side immediately broke and Miles Storey didn't see Spittal surging through the middle all alone, waiting to be played in on goal. It was a superb chance that came to nothing.

Both sides were guilty of poor deliveries from set plays, but Rangers midfielder Sean Goss bucked the trend with a fabulous angled free kick that found Russell Martin, but his header was inches off target from close range.

Rangers strikers Jason Cummings and Alfredo Morelos
Rangers striker Jason Cummings started the game ahead of Premiership top scorer Alfredo Morelos

The visiting support appeared increasingly restless as Ryan Edwards latched on to Sammon's flick and hit the net, only to be flagged offside, although Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald was adamant his player was onside.

That frustration turned to elation when Rangers produced a goal of stunning quality. Candeias was at the heart of it with a neat flick which Jason Cummings redirected down the line back into his path.

The Portuguese winger didn't hesitate, slotting a first-time ball across for Windass to finish with confidence. It was a brilliant move that ripped Thistle to shreds in a matter of seconds and delivered the platform for this win.

Thistle could take heart from their performance to that point and they almost equalised just before half time. Sammon picked up inside the box and fired a low shot across Foderingham that struck the inside of the post.

Scottish FA president Alan McRae at Partick Thistle v Rangers
Scottish FA president Alan McRae was among the spectators at Firhill

As home fans and players started celebrating, the ball somehow rebounded out. It defied logic, but Rangers escaped. It proved to be Thistle's best chance.

Rangers appeared stronger in the second period and Tavernier tested Partick Thistle goalkeeper Tomas Cerny from close range.

The defender was infinitely more decisive from further out when he executed a one-two with Windass then curled a beautiful shot over Cerny right into the top corner.

It was another moment of quality that sealed the victory.

Thistle struggled to maintain their intensity as the clock ticked on and Rangers comfortably cruised to victory. They were challenged, responded and were worthy winners.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 16McGinn
  • 15Devine
  • 4Cargill
  • 21PenriceBooked at 79minsSubstituted forDumbuyaat 88'minutes
  • 6Osman
  • 37WoodsBooked at 58mins
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forErskineat 51'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 39Storey
  • 18SammonSubstituted forDoolanat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dumbuya
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Erskine
  • 12Scully
  • 13Barton
  • 24McCarthy

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 24Bates
  • 33Martin
  • 3JohnSubstituted forHallidayat 45'minutes
  • 23Holt
  • 27Goss
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forDochertyat 86'minutes
  • 11Windass
  • 28Murphy
  • 26CummingsSubstituted forMorelosat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cardoso
  • 9Miller
  • 14Dodoo
  • 16Halliday
  • 20Morelos
  • 25Alnwick
  • 48Docherty
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
7,332

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Rangers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Mustapha Dumbuya replaces James Penrice.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Greg Docherty replaces Daniel Candeias.

Delay in match Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Alfredo Morelos replaces Jason Cummings.

Attempt missed. Sean Goss (Rangers) left footed shot from very close range is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

James Penrice (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Penrice (Partick Thistle).

Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Goss (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Conor Sammon.

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Bates (Rangers).

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Sean Goss (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by David Bates.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tomás Cerny (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Josh Windass (Rangers).

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Rangers 2. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Josh Windass.

Booking

Martin Woods (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martin Woods (Partick Thistle).

Sean Goss (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Blair Spittal.

Attempt saved. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Rangers 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andy Halliday replaces Declan John.

Half Time

First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Rangers 1.

Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Paul McGinn (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26186254183660
2Aberdeen26164643291452
3Rangers26154748282049
4Hibernian2612863630644
5Hearts2691072723437
6Motherwell2695123336-332
7Kilmarnock237882731-429
8St Johnstone2475122236-1426
9Dundee2574142638-1225
10Partick Thistle2666142443-1924
11Hamilton2465133142-1123
12Ross County2655162845-1720
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