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Rangers 0-1 Hamilton: Hosts miss chance to narrow gap on Celtic

Rangers' calamitous domestic form since the winter break continued as they were beaten at home by Hamilton Academical to slip 13 points behind Celtic.

Steven Gerrard's side, who were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Hearts at the weekend, dropped points for the fifth time in their past eight Scottish Premiership games.

After Alfredo Morelos hit the bar following a dominant first half, Rangers fell behind when David Moyo punished Connor Goldson's error to move Accies off the bottom of the table.

Celtic moved further clear after snatching a late leveller at Livingston, albeit they have played a game more than Rangers.

Gerrard, who denied considering his future in the wake of the defeat at Hearts, has now overseen three consecutive domestic games without a win.

However, it was a second victory at Ibrox in three seasons for Brian Rice's Hamilton side, who move back above Hearts and to within two points of 10th-placed St Mirren.

Hosts frustrated as Southwood excels

The recall of Morelos after he was left out of the Tynecastle defeat for a breach of discipline was designed to add sharpness to Rangers' attack.

But for all their intent, they were lacking in composure in the opening 45 minutes. Ianis Hagi was denied by Luke Southwood early on and Florian Kamberi was also foiled by the visiting goalkeeper. Further efforts by Morelos, Steven Davis and Goldson were off target.

The pressure intensified at the start of the second half as Morelos met a Borna Barisic delivery and headed against the crossbar and another Barisic cross presented James Tavernier with an opportunity that he blazed over on the stretch.

Hamilton had looked to willing runner Marios Ogkmpoe to ease the pressure on the defence and the striker's graft was almost rewarded when his header was pushed on to the bar by Allan McGregor.

But the danger was not over for the hosts and Goldson dithered on the ball at the edge of the box, allowing Moyo to intervene and trickle the ball past a stranded McGregor.

Rangers went back on the offensive and two efforts by Hagi and one by Morelos were blocked by Southwood, while Goldson was unable to atone for his earlier error with a tame header at a corner. Hagi tried again from distance but his shot was deflected on to the crossbar.

Hamilton were resolute in closing down space at every opportunity and even when Davis was presented with a late chance, he could not keep the effort down.

James Tavernier

'It's the first time we've had a break' - reaction

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: "I thought we lacked desire and commitment at the weekend, but I don't think we lacked that tonight. Tonight was more about quality and taking your chances.

"If you don't take them, you always leave yourself wide open to someone going and scoring against you. Credit to Brian and his team, they've done that. We've got a lot to do - a big, big lot."

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice: "Rangers had a lot of possession tonight and a lot of balls in the box. On another night they might have had two or three breaks in the box that lead to goals.

"This is the first time we've had a break this season. You have to carry a bit of luck. We're Hamilton Accies coming to play Glasgow Rangers."

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGregorBooked at 79mins
  • 2TavernierSubstituted forBarkerat 74'minutes
  • 6Goldson
  • 4Edmundson
  • 31Barisic
  • 10Davis
  • 18KamaraSubstituted forKentat 59'minutes
  • 17Aribo
  • 7Hagi
  • 20Morelos
  • 23KamberiSubstituted forDefoeat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Jack
  • 9Defoe
  • 13Foderingham
  • 14Kent
  • 16Halliday
  • 19Katic
  • 21Barker

Hamilton

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 31Southwood
  • 2McGowan
  • 40Hamilton
  • 21WantBooked at 53mins
  • 3McMann
  • 13Gogic
  • 28SmithSubstituted forWinterat 72'minutes
  • 10Alston
  • 25MartinSubstituted forMillerat 59'minutes
  • 99Ogkmpoe
  • 20MoyoSubstituted forHuntat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McKenna
  • 6Hunt
  • 7Collar
  • 11Miller
  • 19Winter
  • 23Fulton
  • 33Mimnaugh
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
48,167

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home32
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home16
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott McMann.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Steven Davis (Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Blair Alston (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Aaron McGowan.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ianis Hagi (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mickel Miller.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Luke Southwood.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Aribo.

  12. Post update

    Joe Aribo (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alexander Gogic.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ianis Hagi.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ianis Hagi (Rangers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Borna Barisic with a cross.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Johnny Hunt replaces David Moyo.

  20. Booking

    Allan McGregor (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29252284196577
2Rangers28204463194464
3Motherwell29143124037345
4Aberdeen2911993735242
5Livingston29109104138339
6Hibernian29910104146-537
7Kilmarnock2996143140-933
8St Johnstone2871292746-1933
9Ross County2978142959-3029
10St Mirren2868142336-1326
11Hamilton2959152950-2124
12Hearts28410143050-2022
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