Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 1-1 Rangers

James Tavernier
James Tavernier's superb free-kick brought Rangers level at Rugby Park

A stunning free-kick from James Tavernier earned Rangers a point against the 10 men of Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

The home side had the better of the first half and were rewarded with Kris Boyd's superbly taken opener.

Tavernier's 25-yard free-kick brought Rangers level after the break.

Greg Taylor was sent off shortly after for a shocking challenge on Joey Barton, but Killie held firm in the face of intense late Rangers pressure.

Mark Warburton's side move on to eight points at the top of the Premiership, two clear of Celtic and Ross County.

However, Brendan Rodgers' team have played two games fewer and Jim McIntyre's men have one game in hand.

Old dog, new tricks

Kilmarnock's XI contained four teenagers and three more were 21 or under. Six of their bench were also no older than 21.

Lee Clark has gambled big-time on youth this season and they fought tenaciously, hustling and harrying and giving Rangers a dreadfully tough night.

It was the combination of youth and experience that got them their goal, the excellent Greg Kiltie - just 19 - scampering up the left away from Joey Barton before putting in a cross for Boyd to drill across Wes Foderingham. Boyd might be 33 - an old man among kids - but he's still got it.

Kris Boyd
Kris Boyd (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after opening the scoring against Rangers

Barton yet to make his mark

Barton was ineffective again, his main involvement being on the end of the terrible tackle that earned Killie teenager Taylor a red card just after the hour.

The Englishman was anonymous. Wasteful in possession, passive as a defensive midfielder and a non-event going forward. Eventually he was replaced by Niko Kranjcar. He walked to the bench, shaking his head as he went.

Rangers were level by then and it was deserved. Tavernier's free-kick was long range and magnificent.

It was interesting hearing his friend, the former Rangers player Peter Lovenkrands, talking on BBC Radio Scotland of Tavernier's frustration at having lost free-kick taking duty to Barton this season. Tavernier has surely got his old job back again now.

Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor (left) was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Joey Barton

Killie tough it out

As Rangers pressed hard and their supporters periodically screamed what is euphemistically called their 'songbook' - 'The Billy Boys' and more were trotted out - Killie had to dig deep.

Rangers had a huge amount of ball. They forced saves from Jamie MacDonald; one from a second Tavernier free-kick, another from Barrie McKay.

It was a night of penalty claims. Rangers could legitimately claim to have had two penalties and Killie one. On his debut, Rangers substitute Joe Garner blatantly dived in pursuit of another.

Ultimately, they weren't good enough. Against 10 men - or kids in many cases - they did not have the creativity to get the job done.

Clark knows now he has guts in his team. Warburton, meanwhile, might be wondering what his own players are made of after this.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 3SmithBooked at 45mins
  • 5BoyleBooked at 76mins
  • 17Burn
  • 27Hendrie
  • 8Dicker
  • 24TaylorBooked at 63mins
  • 10KiltieSubstituted forGreenat 82'minutes
  • 33HawkshawBooked at 58mins
  • 21FrizzellSubstituted forAdamsat 79'minutes
  • 9BoydBooked at 79minsSubstituted forCoulibalyat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Jones
  • 15Kayode
  • 18Adams
  • 19Coulibaly
  • 20Bojaj
  • 25Green
  • 31Mackay

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5Wallace
  • 4Kiernan
  • 3Hill
  • 2Tavernier
  • 10McKay
  • 8BartonBooked at 38minsSubstituted forHallidayat 69'minutes
  • 18RossiterSubstituted forKranjcarat 58'minutes
  • 15ForresterBooked at 83mins
  • 14DodooSubstituted forGarnerat 15'minutes
  • 9Miller

Substitutes

  • 7Garner
  • 16Halliday
  • 17Hodson
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 25Gilks
  • 29O'Halloran
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
11,800

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Rangers 1.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Souleymane Coulibaly replaces Kris Boyd.

Attempt missed. Clint Hill (Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Clint Hill (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Harry Forrester (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Harry Forrester (Rangers).

Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Green (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. George Green replaces Greg Kiltie.

Attempt missed. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Foul by Joe Garner (Rangers).

Jonathan Burn (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Charlee Adams replaces Adam Frizzell.

Booking

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

William Boyle (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Garner (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Boyle (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jonathan Burn.

Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andy Halliday replaces Joey Barton.

Attempt missed. Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Dismissal

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) is shown the red card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers42206428
2Celtic22006336
3Ross County32016516
4Aberdeen31202115
5Hearts31116334
6Dundee31115414
7St Johnstone311145-14
8Kilmarnock411246-24
9Partick Thistle21013213
10Motherwell310245-13
11Hamilton302134-12
12Inverness CT3003310-70
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