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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-1 Rangers

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland

Billy Mckay scored a stunning overhead kick as Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat Rangers to move off bottom spot in the Premiership.

Mckay's goal came minutes after Iain Vigurs had missed a penalty for the hosts.

Inverness took a first-half lead thanks to Greg Tansey's long-range strike.

Rangers levelled through Martyn Waghorn's penalty after Lee Wallace was downed but the Ibrox side ultimately fell to a second straight defeat.

They remain six points behind second-placed Aberdeen, who entertain Ross County on Saturday.

Victory takes Inverness one point above Hamilton Academical, who visit Celtic on Saturday.

Late drama

Rangers' Wes Foderingham made a comfortable save from Iain Vigurs' weak penalty
Wes Foderingham made a comfortable save from Vigurs' weak penalty

Vigurs' spot-kick was poor and easily saved by Wes Foderingham. Amazingly, it did not matter.

What happened next was utterly fantastic from an Inverness point of view. Mckay, with his back to goal, angled a perfect overhead kick into the left corner to earn a monumental win.

And no-one celebrated more than Vigurs.

It was in the last minute and is a game-changer in terms of the outlook of this season for boss Richie Foran.

There is a renewed steel about Caley Thistle these past few weeks, a return to the "old Inverness' as Foran describes it. That was on show in spades against Rangers.

A thing of beauty

Tansey's opener was as good as Mckay's winner. He arrived on to a blocked Liam Polworth shot and curled a magnificent effort home.

Inverness might have had a penalty when Polworth stayed on his feet after looking like he was caught by Wallace.

Inverness Caley Thistle's Greg Tansey guides a delightful effort into the bottom corner to make it 1-0
Tansey guided a delightful effort into the bottom corner to make it 1-0

Defensively, the home side harried, blocked, diverted. They dropped a little too deep and were made to pay despite surviving a few scary moments.

They reacted well to conceding, though, and Tansey was unlucky with a fierce drive that Foderingham save brilliantly.

The dramatic nature of the victory should give Inverness the shot in the arm they need. They were tremendous.

Rangers' rotten run

Rangers started the match superbly. They were incisive and crisp in their passing and created a few chances. But, as has so often been the case this season, they lacked a cutting edge.

Barrie McKay nodded over from a great position before Emerson Hyndman missed one great chance then hesitated and lost another.

Martyn Waghorn beats Owain Fon Williams from the penalty spot to make it 1-1 in Inverness
Waghorn beat Owain Fon Williams from the penalty spot to make it 1-1

Rangers began to hem Inverness in during the second half and got the break they badly needed.

Louis Laing was outfoxed by a one-two but rashly slid in, took Wallace out and conceded a soft spot-kick. Waghorn made no mistake.

It looked like Rangers would kick on on from there but Inverness had other ideas.

The Ibrox side have now won only once in their last seven league matches and face a huge struggle to overtake second-top Aberdeen.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2Raven
  • 21LaingBooked at 56mins
  • 12McCart
  • 3TremarcoSubstituted forMcKayat 15'minutes
  • 8DraperSubstituted forVigursat 80'minutes
  • 16TanseyBooked at 66mins
  • 15MulraneySubstituted forKingat 69'minutes
  • 29Cole
  • 7Polworth
  • 13Mckay

Substitutes

  • 5Warren
  • 9Ebbe
  • 11Vigurs
  • 20King
  • 22McKay
  • 23Anier
  • 42Hoban

Rangers

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6WilsonBooked at 86mins
  • 4Kiernan
  • 5Wallace
  • 16HallidaySubstituted forHoltat 80'minutes
  • 20Hyndman
  • 8ToralBooked at 14minsSubstituted forGarnerat 90+2'minutes
  • 10McKay
  • 9Miller
  • 33Waghorn

Substitutes

  • 7Garner
  • 11Windass
  • 14Dodoo
  • 15Forrester
  • 17Hodson
  • 23Holt
  • 25Alnwick
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
6,415

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Rangers 1.

  3. Post update

    Louis Laing (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Danny Wilson (Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Joe Garner replaces Jon Toral.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 2, Rangers 1. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

  9. Post update

    Penalty saved! Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Penalty Inverness CT. Billy McKay draws a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Booking

    Danny Wilson (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Danny Wilson (Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Billy King (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Brad McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jon Toral (Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Jason Holt replaces Andy Halliday.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Iain Vigurs replaces Ross Draper.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Wilson (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic25241067165173
2Aberdeen25154649232649
3Rangers2612773430443
4Hearts25108746321438
5St Johnstone2510783331237
6Dundee2576122635-927
7Partick Thistle2568112632-626
8Kilmarnock25510102241-1925
9Ross County2559112844-1624
10Motherwell2566132948-1924
11Inverness CT26410123147-1622
12Hamilton25312102537-1221
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