Hamilton Academical 1-1 Rangers: Late Ross Callachan purpose earns Accies draw

Hamilton Academical 1-1 Rangers: Late Ross Callachan purpose earns Accies draw

Borna Barisic's cross deflects off Brian Easton (second left) to give Rangers a late lead
Borna Barisic’s cross deflects off Brian Easton (second left) to offer Rangers a late lead

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

Allan McGregor saves from Bruce Anderson
The on-loan Aberdeen striker compelled McGregor into three effective saves, one among which led to Hamilton’s equaliser, whereas he was a continuing menace all through the match

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.”

What’s subsequent?

Hamilton journey to Livingston on Wednesday (18:00 GMT), whereas Rangers are subsequent in motion on Saturday once they host Kilmarnock (15:00).

Participant of the match

HamiltonJamie Hamilton

Hamilton Academical

  1. Squad quantity6Participant titleHamilton

  2. Squad quantity34Participant titleCallachan

  3. Squad quantity27Participant titleHodson

  4. Squad quantity7Participant titleAnderson

  5. Squad quantity3Participant titleMcMann

  6. Squad quantity5Participant titleEaston

  7. Squad quantity16Participant titleMartin

  8. Squad quantity2Participant titleOdoffin

  9. Squad quantity14Participant titleTrafford

  10. Squad quantity9Participant titleOgkmpoe

  11. Squad quantity23Participant titleFulton

  12. Squad quantity15Participant titleHughes

Rangers

  1. Squad quantity1Participant titleMcGregor

  2. Squad quantity10Participant titleDavis

  3. Squad quantity8Participant titleJack

  4. Squad quantity31Participant titleBarisic

  5. Squad quantity6Participant titleGoldson

  6. Squad quantity14Participant titleKent

  7. Squad quantity23Participant titleWright

  8. Squad quantity2Participant titleTavernier

  9. Squad quantity11Participant titleItten

  10. Squad quantity7Participant titleHagi

  11. Squad quantity18Participant titleKamara

  12. Squad quantity17Participant titleAribo

  13. Squad quantity25Participant titleRoofe

  14. Squad quantity5Participant titleHelander

  15. Squad quantity15Participant titleZungu

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 23Fulton
  • 6Hamilton
  • 16Martin
  • 5Easton
  • 27Hodson
  • 2Odoffin
  • 14TraffordSubstituted forHughesat 72′minutes
  • 3McMann
  • 34CallachanBooked at 1mins
  • 7Anderson
  • 9Ogkmpoe

Substitutes

  • 15Hughes
  • 17Stanger
  • 18Mimnaugh
  • 19Winter
  • 20Moyo
  • 21Munro
  • 22Gourlay
  • 25Slaven
  • 32Smith

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 5HelanderBooked at 76mins
  • 31Barisic
  • 17Aribo
  • 15ZunguSubstituted forJackat 60′minutes
  • 18KamaraSubstituted forDavisat 78′minutes
  • 7HagiSubstituted forWrightat 78′minutes
  • 11IttenSubstituted forRoofeat 66′minutes
  • 14Kent

Substitutes

  • 3Bassey
  • 4Simpson
  • 8Jack
  • 10Davis
  • 16Patterson
  • 23Wright
  • 25Roofe
  • 26Balogun
  • 33McLaughlin

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