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Rangers move fourth in Premiership despite 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock

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Highlights: Rangers 1-1 Kilmarnock

Rangers "can't keep relying on Alfredo Morelos", says Steven Gerrard after watching his side miss the chance to go third in the Scottish Premiership.Morelos put the Ibrox side in front against Kilmarnock but Greg Stewart's strike gave the visitors a point.

Jamie MacDonald denied Ryan Kent, Morelos, Andy Halliday and Connor Goldson as Rangers pressed.

"He's the only one at the moment who really looks a goal threat for us," Gerrard said of Morelos on RangersTV.

"Kilmarnock have seen the Spartak Moscow performance [last week's 0-0 draw] and they've seen Aberdeen and seen them have success [in Sunday's League Cup semi-final] when they sit in and are disciplined and they play that block.

"The onus is on us to go and break that down and for someone to step forward to create something. We can't keep relying on Alfredo."

Rangers dropped points at home for the first time this season, but moved up to fourth as Steve Clarke's Kilmarnock slipped below Celtic to third having played a game more.

And the result also means Gerrard's domestic opening to the season continues to match that of predecessor Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked at Ibrox this time last year after dropping 12 points in 10 games and losing a League Cup semi-final.

MacDonald frustrates Rangers

Where Gerrard has excelled this season has been at Ibrox and in Europe, with his side having won their opening four home Premiership matches and remained unbeaten in the Europa League.

The manager dropped goalkeeper Allan McGregor to the bench following Sunday's Hampden defeat and reinstated last season's first choice Wes Foderingham.

Rangers' intent was clear with Lassana Coulibaly and Halliday having efforts blocked before Morelos's deflected opener, which came after build-up work by Scott Arfield and Kent.

Kent, Goldson and James Tavernier threatened after Stewart's leveller, with captain Tavernier's free-kick hitting the bar just before the break, and Morelos and Halliday drew saves from MacDonald as the hosts tried to maintain their momentum into the second period.

But all that continued was Rangers' frustration. Kent had one effort deflected wide and another saved. Goldson was denied by MacDonald in the interim and substitute Kyle Lafferty fired off target before Morelos was booked for simulation in the closing stages.

Clarke's Kilmarnock battle back again

Greg Stewart
Greg Stewart scored his fourth goal since joining Kilmarnock on loan from Birmingham

Almost a year ago to the day, Kilmarnock had arrived at Ibrox for Clarke's first match in charge and battled back to claim a 1-1 draw - a result that brought Caixinha's Rangers tenure to an end.

On this occasion, Kilmarnock arrived in Glasgow with a recent record of having lost the first goal in their past six games but had won four and drawn one of the previous five.

Clarke had earlier this month warned his team about their tendency to fall behind in games but they showed few signs of folding after Rangers' ninth-minute opener, the lead lasting just six minutes.

Stewart was available to play, with Kilmarnock contesting a two-match ban following an off the ball incident with Hamilton's Scott Martin on Saturday, and the forward capitalised after Joe Worrall and Joe Flanagan failed to clear their lines.

The lone frontman found himself free in the box and curled a shot beyond Foderingham.

And the visitors had their chances to go in front with Jordan Jones's effort blocked and Stephen O'Donnell too high with his.

Stewart was also prominent in the closing stages, testing Foderingham and sending another effort off target.

'I expected better' - reaction

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: "I can sit here and protect them all night and take the blame. If that's what they want then I will. But they are Rangers players. They are the ones who have to go out and deliver and tonight they haven't.

"We will all take the blame together but they have to take responsibility at some point. It is a concern that it has happened a few times now. I expected a better reaction. I think the fans deserved a better reaction and better performance and they never delivered it."

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke: "I believe we're the first team in the league to come here and stop Rangers getting all three points, so we can be pleased with that.

"But, we're also a little bit disappointed because we also had opportunities, especially in the second half when the game opened up a little bit. We could have scored because Greg Stewart got away at the start of injury time and with a little bit of luck we might have nicked another goal. With a little bit more care and attention, we might have had all three points."

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 13Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 3Worrall
  • 15FlanaganSubstituted forJackat 45'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 23CoulibalySubstituted forMiddletonat 56'minutes
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forLaffertyat 71'minutes
  • 37Arfield
  • 16HallidayBooked at 90mins
  • 14KentBooked at 67mins
  • 20MorelosBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 1McGregor
  • 8Jack
  • 11Lafferty
  • 18Rossiter
  • 19Katic
  • 35Grezda
  • 40Middleton

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 87mins
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 37mins
  • 17Findlay
  • 3Taylor
  • 8DickerBooked at 31mins
  • 6PowerBooked at 28mins
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forNdjoliat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Tshibola
  • 11JonesSubstituted forEnobakhareat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Stewart

Substitutes

  • 4Byrne
  • 7McKenzie
  • 9Boyd
  • 12Ndjoli
  • 15Enobakhare
  • 16Boyd
  • 26Bachmann
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
49,279

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Kilmarnock 1.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Andy Halliday.

Booking

Andy Halliday (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy Halliday (Rangers).

(Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Bright Enobakhare (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Bright Enobakhare (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikael Ndjoli (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Mikael Ndjoli (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Ryan Jack (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Jack (Rangers).

(Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

(Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Booking

Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Bright Enobakhare (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).

Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mikael Ndjoli replaces Chris Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Bright Enobakhare replaces Jordan Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Lafferty replaces Daniel Candeias.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alan Power.

Scott Arfield (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts118211971226
2Celtic107122261622
3Kilmarnock116321710721
4Rangers1053223101318
5Hibernian1053221101118
6Livingston10532126618
7St Johnstone115241118-717
8Aberdeen10433139415
9Motherwell102261015-58
10Hamilton11218824-167
11St Mirren11119523-184
12Dundee111010528-233
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