Rangers are simply six wins away from clinching the Scottish Premiership title after Ianis Hagi’s nice strike secured a routine victory over St Johnstone at Ibrox.
The Romanian winger drove in from the best to fireplace residence early within the second-half, breaking the guests’ stout resistance.
The league leaders – who have 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 might but clinch the trophy on the residence of their fiercest rivals once they cross the town on 20 March, offered either side win all of their video games within the meantime.
Rangers weren’t at their fluid finest at Ibrox in opposition to a St Johnstone aspect with a well-earned popularity for being tough to interrupt down of their 3-5-2 formation, and Callum Davidson’s aspect gave an honest account of themselves once more.
However even nonetheless, they may have been a few objectives to the nice at half-time after Ryan Kent and Connor Goldson spurned good alternatives from contained in the field.
Kent did brilliantly to choose up Joe Aribo’s knockdown and work a gap, however fired huge with the nook of the online gaping, whereas Goldson did the identical from James Tavernier’s free-kick.
And whereas they must have been just a few objectives 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 type 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, notably if the influential Davidson faces a protracted spell out.
As a substitute, the early sample of the sport continued as Rangers probed for the opener, which finally got here by the brilliance of Hagi.
The winger picked up the ball on the best 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
What did we be taught?
Rangers haven’t been at their sensible 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 power of various gamers to step up at totally different instances, and this time it was Hagi’s time to shine. His nice strike received the job achieved, 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 just a few thrives in assault. They continue to be eighth, simply 4 factors above the relegation play-off place, however there will likely be few who suppose they are going to be in deep trouble come Could.
Though they’ll after all have hoped for extra, coming away from Ibrox with only a slender defeat is best than most nowadays.
What they mentioned
Rangers assistant supervisor Gary MacAllister: “It was robust however I believed we edged it and it was a particular purpose to separate the 2 groups. I believed the referee had view of the [Roofe] scenario and understanding the kind of participant that he’s, I feel the referee noticed it as a yellow.”
St Johnstone supervisor Callum Davidson: “It is a type of, I do not suppose there was any malice within the problem, however it does not look nice. TV footage will sluggish it down and make it look worse than it’s. All I can do is credit score my gamers.”
Rangers are away to backside aspect Hamilton Academical on Sunday (12:00 GMT), whereas St Johnstone will intention to be the primary aspect to beat David Martindale’s Livingston the day earlier than (15:00 GMT).
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Match ends, Rangers 1, St. Johnstone 0.
Second Half ends, Rangers 1, St. Johnstone 0.
Filip Helander (Rangers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone).
Nook, St. Johnstone. Conceded by James Tavernier.
Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Steven Davis (Rangers) wins a free kick on the best wing.
Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).
Foul by Cedric Itten (Rangers).
Jason Kerr (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, St. Johnstone. Man Melamed replaces Craig Conway.
Substitution, Rangers. Glen Kamara replaces Ianis Hagi.
Ianis Hagi (Rangers) wins a free kick on the best wing.
Foul by Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone).
Cedric Itten (Rangers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Shaun Rooney (St. Johnstone).
Foul by Ianis Hagi (Rangers).
Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Steven Davis (Rangers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).