Scottish Championship
RangersRangers1St MirrenSt Mirren0

Substitute Harry Forrester's late strike gave Rangers victory over St Mirren and stretched their lead to 11 points at the top of the Championship.

Kenny Miller missed from three yards in a stodgy, goalless first half and the home side laboured after the break.

With four minutes remaining though Forrester curled a shot past Buddies goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

With second-placed Hibernian losing at Dumbarton, Rangers are in a commanding position in the title race.

Miller, 36, back in the starting line-up along with midfielder Nicky Law, had Rangers' first real effort on goal in the ninth minute when he curled a shot from the edge of the box just past the post after good set-up play by Michael O'Halloran.

The Buddies' organisation and assuredness was providing a problem for the home side, but they should have taken the lead before the break after Miller blasted over from another penetrating run from O'Halloran.

The Ibrox side stepped up the pressure in the second half but faced a red-shirted wall of St Mirren defenders who dropped deeper while remaining organised and resolute.

In the 67th minute, after St Mirren midfielder Stevie Mallan had clattered Billy King 25 yards from goal, James Tavernier's free-kick was heading for the top corner before Langfield pushed it round the post for a corner, which was again defended.

Forrester replaced Holt three minutes later before Miller slashed a volley over the bar from 16 yards to more groans from the home support.

In the final, frantic stages, Langfield saved another free-kick from Tavernier which was sneaking in at the far post, but could do nothing to halt Forrester's strike from inside the box.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4KiernanBooked at 76mins
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 23HoltSubstituted forForresterat 70'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 7LawSubstituted forShielsat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 9Miller
  • 19McKaySubstituted forKingat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 6Ball
  • 14Clark
  • 15Forrester
  • 17King
  • 22Shiels
  • 62Burt

St Mirren

  • 12Langfield
  • 20Watson
  • 15BairdBooked at 79mins
  • 4Webster
  • 28Irvine
  • 37McAllisterSubstituted forStewartat 59'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 27Quinn
  • 25Shankland
  • 24ClarksonSubstituted forThompsonat 64'minutes
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forKellyat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 6Goodwin
  • 8Gow
  • 9Thompson
  • 16Agnew
  • 32Wilks
  • 33Stewart
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
46,366

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 1, St. Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 1, St. Mirren 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  4. Booking

    Dean Shiels (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dean Shiels (Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Harry Forrester (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

  10. Post update

    Harry Forrester (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Keith Watson (St. Mirren).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 1, St. Mirren 0. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael O'Halloran.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andy Webster.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

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