Scottish Championship
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Rangers 3-1 Greenock Morton

Rangers came from behind to beat Morton and extend their lead at the top of the Championship to 15 points.

Denny Johnstone gave the visitors a surprise lead midway through the first-half after an error from Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham.

Miller headed them level a minute before the break before grabbing another two minutes after the restart.

Lee Wallace added a third as Rangers extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches.

With Hibernian absent from Championship action this weekend due to Sunday's League Cup final with Ross County, the Light Blues' nearest challengers remain second-placed Falkirk.

Four more wins from their eight remaining matches will seal Rangers' promotion back to the Premiership.

Denny Johnstone
Denny Johnstone gave Morton a shock lead at Ibrox

After the teams observed a minute's silence in tribute to former Ibrox keeper Billy Ritchie, who died aged 79 following a short illness, the home side quickly created chances for Harry Forrester, Jason Holt and Miller but failed to capitalise.

That allowed the visitors to claim a shock lead 22 minutes in when Foderingham failed to hold Bobby Barr's strike from the edge of the box, spilling it straight at Johnstone.

The striker almost tripped over the ball as it fell at his feet and looked relieved as it dribbled into the empty net.

It was the first goal the league leaders had conceded in seven hours and 45 minutes of action but they eventually snapped into life and levelled just before the interval, with Miller darting across the front post to nod powerfully past Derek Gaston from James Tavernier's outswinging corner.

And the former Scotland striker was on point again just moments into the second-half as he put Rangers ahead.

Lee Wallace
Lee Wallace scored Rangers' third

Stefan McCluskey got a foot to the ball as Barrie McKay drove into the Morton box but could only divert it to Holt, who teed up Miller to lash into the top corner.

There was another warning sign for Rangers though as Johnstone had Foderingham at full stretch with an 18-yard strike.

But skipper Wallace put daylight between the teams when he swept home the third after 56 minutes following another positive surge from McKay.

Miller thought he had his hat-trick when he pounced on the rebound after Dean Shiels thundered the ball off the crossbar but he was disappointed to be flagged for offside.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Ball
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 23Holt
  • 16Halliday
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forShielsat 45'minutes
  • 29O'HalloranBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKingat 66'minutes
  • 9MillerSubstituted forClarkat 77'minutes
  • 19McKay

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 7Law
  • 14Clark
  • 17King
  • 22Shiels
  • 62Burt
  • 68Thomson

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Miller
  • 2Kilday
  • 4O'Ware
  • 17Russell
  • 16Barr
  • 8ForbesBooked at 85minsSubstituted forTennantat 90+1'minutes
  • 7McKee
  • 11McCluskey
  • 21McManusBooked at 32minsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 85'minutes
  • 9JohnstoneSubstituted forMcMullanat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lamie
  • 10MacDonald
  • 12Scullion
  • 20McNeil
  • 33McMullan
  • 36Tennant
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
45,072

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 3, Morton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Morton 1.

Attempt missed. Joe McKee (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. John Tennant replaces Ross Forbes.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Peter MacDonald replaces Declan McManus.

Booking

Ross Forbes (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

Attempt blocked. Paul McMullan (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Rangers).

Declan McManus (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Paul McMullan replaces Denny Johnstone.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Miller (Morton).

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefan McCluskey (Morton).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Danny Wilson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Kilday (Morton).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

Attempt blocked. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Shiels (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Billy King replaces Michael O'Halloran.

Dean Shiels (Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Barrie McKay (Rangers).

Stefan McCluskey (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Mark Russell (Morton).

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Declan McManus (Morton).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Morton 1. Lee Wallace (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Barrie McKay.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers28233273185572
2Falkirk28169346212557
3Hibernian27174643241955
4Raith Rovers27125103535041
5Queen of Sth26104122434-1034
6Morton2888122933-432
7St Mirren2777132738-1128
8Dumbarton2784152547-2228
9Livingston2866162939-1024
10Alloa2834211557-4213
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