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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.



Formation 4-3-3

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


  • 3Lamie
  • 10MacDonald
  • 12Scullion
  • 20McNeil
  • 33McMullan
  • 36Tennant
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 3, Morton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Morton 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. John Tennant replaces Ross Forbes.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Peter MacDonald replaces Declan McManus.

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Ball (Rangers).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Paul McMullan replaces Denny Johnstone.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

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5Queen of Sth26104122434-1034
7St Mirren2777132738-1128
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