A 94th-minute Ross Callachan purpose earned backside aspect Hamilton Academical a shock draw towards Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.
A Brian Easton personal purpose appeared like it will give Rangers the factors after visiting goalkeeper Allan McGregor had pulled off a string of saves.
Callachan, Bruce Anderson and Scott McMann had been all thwarted in an uncomfortable 90 minutes for Rangers.
However with the final act of the sport, Callachan scored from shut vary.
It means Rangers – who stay unbeaten within the league – now have a 21-point lead on the summit.
Hamilton keep backside however have narrowed the hole on second-bottom Ross County to 3 factors, and have two video games in hand.
A complete league desk and 56 factors might have separated the 2, however Hamilton gave pretty much as good as they obtained towards the Premiership leaders.
Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo put efforts extensive from lengthy distance for Rangers, and Connor Goldson had a looping header saved, however that was as shut as Steven Gerrard’s aspect obtained in a lacklustre first half.
As a substitute, one of the best probabilities fell to the hosts. Anderson performed a one-two with Marios Ogkmpoe and sliced a deflected shot simply extensive. Then McGregor needed to be alert when Anderson – on mortgage from Aberdeen – robbed Filip Helander on the sting of the field.
James Tavernier put a free-kick over simply earlier than the break, and Ryan Kent hit the aspect netting simply after it as Rangers tried to go up a gear.
However then McGregor needed to make an enormous double save to maintain Hamilton out, denying McMann and Callachan’s efforts from inside the world.
Hamilton saved pushing, and Anderson drove a low shot at purpose which McGregor once more blocked.
Ryan Jack’s introduction helped Rangers get extra of a foothold in midfield and Kent’s low drive via a ruck of our bodies skimmed the far put up.
However again got here the house aspect. Callachan’s free-kick was pushed away by McGregor earlier than Rangers broke the impasse on the different finish as Borna Barisic’s cross from the proper bounced in off Easton.
It appeared like it will be heartbreak for the relegation strugglers however, deep into harm time, McGregor clawed away an Anderson header and Callachan was first to the rebound to fireside house.
Man of the match – Bruce Anderson
What did we study?
With such a good-looking lead on the prime of the Premiership, Rangers can afford an off day. However 4 of their previous seven video games have been received by only a single purpose, they usually have dropped factors in two.
Lately, they’ve begun to look extra susceptible and, whereas it in all probability will not damage their title bid, it could concern Gerrard with the Europa League tie with Royal Antwerp arising.
Hamilton had been 9 minutes away from victory – earlier than shedding – in midweek however paid the value for missed probabilities. They had been up for the battle with Rangers and their late purpose earns what might be a vital level earlier than a troublesome run of fixtures.
Three of their subsequent 4 video games are towards top-six opposition, and their subsequent 4 video games are away from house, as they combat for survival.
What did they are saying?
Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: “I am proud, not simply of the outcome however the method of the play. I believed the boys had been completely excellent.
“The message was to begin the sport like we imply it. They confirmed perception in one another.”
Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard: “I am truly relieved to go away from this sport with some extent. We almost received ugly, obtained a smash and seize, however we have to be higher than that. We simply weren’t on the races.
There’s a lot for me to look via, and for me as properly. Perhaps I left an excessive amount of high quality and persona on the sidelines as a result of we appeared higher when the subs got here on.”
Hamilton journey to Livingston on Wednesday (18:00 GMT), whereas Rangers are subsequent in motion on Saturday once they host Kilmarnock (15:00).
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Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Rangers 1.
Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Rangers 1.
Aim! Hamilton Academical 1, Rangers 1. Ross Callachan (Hamilton Academical) proper footed shot from the proper aspect of the six yard field to the underside left nook.
Try saved. Bruce Anderson (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Ronan Hughes with a cross.
Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).
Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wright.
Try missed. Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Hodson with a cross.
Foul by Joe Aribo (Rangers).
Bruce Anderson (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Kemar Roofe (Rangers) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field misses to the proper. Assisted by Steven Davis.
Scott Wright (Rangers) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical).
Try blocked. Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Scott McMann.
Try missed. Kemar Roofe (Rangers) header from the centre of the field misses to the proper. Assisted by Borna Barisic with a cross.
Kemar Roofe (Rangers) wins a free kick on the proper wing.
Foul by Aaron Martin (Hamilton Academical).
Personal Aim by Brian Easton, Hamilton Academical. Hamilton Academical 0, Rangers 1.
Try blocked. Ryan Jack (Rangers) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Kent.
Try blocked. Joe Aribo (Rangers) header from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Borna Barisic with a cross.