Rangers 1-0 St Johnstone: Steven Gerrard’s aspect six wins from title

Rangers 1-0 St Johnstone: Steven Gerrard’s aspect six wins from title

Rangers are simply six wins away from clinching the Scottish Premiership title after Ianis Hagi’s positive strike secured a routine victory over St Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Romanian winger drove in from the fitting to fireside residence early within the second-half, breaking the guests’ stout resistance.

The league leaders – who had been lucky to not have Kemar Roofe despatched off earlier than the break – are nonetheless unbeaten and now sit 23 factors away from Celtic.

Steven Gerrard’s aspect may but clinch the trophy on the residence of their fiercest rivals after they cross town on 20 March, supplied either side win all of their video games within the meantime.

Rangers weren’t at their fluid finest at Ibrox towards a St Johnstone aspect with a well-earned fame for being troublesome to interrupt down of their 3-5-2 formation, and Callum Davidson’s aspect gave a good account of themselves once more.

However even nonetheless, they may have been a few targets to the great at half-time after Ryan Kent and Connor Goldson spurned good alternatives from contained in the field.

Kent did brilliantly to select up Joe Aribo’s knockdown and work a gap, however fired large with the nook of the online gaping, whereas Goldson did the identical from James Tavernier’s free-kick.

And whereas they must have been a number of targets up, Rangers also needs to have been a person down after Roofe planted his studs onto Murray Davidson’s ankle, finally inflicting the St Johnstone midfielder to limp off.

Given Rangers’ imperious kind and miserly defence, taking part in with 10 males for an hour might not have fazed them, however St Johnstone will nonetheless really feel aggrieved on the determination, significantly if the influential Davidson faces a protracted spell out.

As an alternative, the early sample of the sport continued as Rangers probed for the opener, which finally got here by way of the brilliance of Hagi.

The winger picked up the ball on the fitting and skipped previous a wall of St Johnstone defenders to squeeze the ball into the nook of the online.

From there the end result was by no means unsure, with Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor referred to as into motion simply as soon as as he pushed Craig Bryson’s shot clear.

The Premiership procession rolls on.

Man of the match – Ianis Hagi

Hagi's moment of magic was a rare bright spark in a low-key match and clinched victory
Hagi’s second of magic was a uncommon shiny spark in a low-key match and clinched victory

What did we be taught?

Rangers haven’t been at their good finest for some time, however the distinction this season in comparison with final, is that they do not must be to comfortably rack up victories. It’s maybe inevitable that the depth drops barely when the remainder of the league is in your rear-view mirror.

One other cornerstone of their imperious season has been the flexibility of various gamers to step up at totally different instances, and this time it was Hagi’s time to shine. His positive strike bought the job completed, and that’s all Rangers must do for the subsequent six video games with a view to have the Premiership title again at Ibrox.

St Johnstone, in the meantime, gave one other respectable defensive show with a number of prospers in assault. They continue to be eighth, simply 4 factors above the relegation play-off place, however there will probably be few who assume they are going to be in deep trouble come Could.

Though they’ll in fact have hoped for extra, coming away from Ibrox with only a slim defeat is healthier than most lately.

What they stated

Rangers assistant supervisor Gary MacAllister: “It was powerful however I believed we edged it and it was a particular aim to separate the 2 groups. I believed the referee had an excellent view of the [Roofe] state of affairs and understanding the kind of participant that he’s, I believe the referee noticed it as a yellow.”

St Johnstone supervisor Callum Davidson: “It is a type of, I do not assume there was any malice within the problem, but it surely does not look nice. TV photos will gradual it down and make it look worse than it’s. All I can do is credit score my gamers.”

What’s subsequent?

Rangers are away to backside aspect Hamilton Academical on Sunday (12:00 GMT), whereas St Johnstone will purpose to be the primary aspect to beat David Martindale’s Livingston the day earlier than (15:00 GMT).

Participant of the match

HagiIanis Hagi

Rangers

  1. Squad quantity7Participant identifyHagi

  2. Squad quantity10Participant identifyDavis

  3. Squad quantity8Participant identifyJack

  4. Squad quantity17Participant identifyAribo

  5. Squad quantity2Participant identifyTavernier

  6. Squad quantity6Participant identifyGoldson

  7. Squad quantity1Participant identifyMcGregor

  8. Squad quantity31Participant identifyBarisic

  9. Squad quantity5Participant identifyHelander

  10. Squad quantity14Participant identifyKent

  11. Squad quantity18Participant identifyKamara

  12. Squad quantity11Participant identifyItten

  13. Squad quantity25Participant identifyRoofe

St Johnstone

  1. Squad quantity18Participant identifyMcCann

  2. Squad quantity5Participant identifyKerr

  3. Squad quantity8Participant identifyDavidson

  4. Squad quantity4Participant identifyMcCart

  5. Squad quantity6Participant identifyGordon

  6. Squad quantity2Participant identifyBrown

  7. Squad quantity13Participant identifyBryson

  8. Squad quantity3Participant identifyTanser

  9. Squad quantity7Participant identifyConway

  10. Squad quantity14Participant identifyCould

  11. Squad quantity1Participant identifyClark

  12. Squad quantity26Participant identifyCraig

  13. Squad quantity19Participant identifyRooney

  14. Squad quantity9Participant identifyKane

  15. Squad quantity17Participant identifyMelamed

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 5Helander
  • 31Barisic
  • 8Jack
  • 10Davis
  • 17Aribo
  • 7HagiSubstituted forKamaraat 81′minutes
  • 25RoofeBooked at 21minsSubstituted forIttenat 66′minutes
  • 14Kent

Substitutes

  • 3Bassey
  • 11Itten
  • 15Zungu
  • 16Patterson
  • 18Kamara
  • 23Wright
  • 24Stewart
  • 26Balogun
  • 33McLaughlin

St Johnstone

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Clark
  • 5Kerr
  • 6Gordon
  • 4McCart
  • 2BrownSubstituted forRooneyat 66′minutes
  • 13Bryson
  • 8DavidsonSubstituted forCraigat 36′minutes
  • 3Tanser
  • 18McCann
  • 7ConwaySubstituted forMelamedat 81′minutes
  • 14CouldSubstituted forKaneat 66′minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 9Kane
  • 11O’Halloran
  • 12Parish
  • 15Gilmour
  • 17Melamed
  • 19Rooney
  • 24Sales space
  • 26Craig

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