Scottish Premiership
RangersRangers2Partick ThistlePartick Thistle0

Rangers 2-0 Partick Thistle

Rangers scored either side of half-time to beat Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

Myles Beerman, Jon Toral and Danny Wilson all threatened for the hosts before Kenny Miller headed them in front.

Toral then scored from Emerson Hyndman's pass soon after the break.

Hyndman, Martyn Waghorn and Miller had further efforts saved by Tomas Cerny, while the Jags rarely troubled their hosts.

The Ibrox side, who are third in the table, are five games unbeaten under manager Pedro Caixinha and face Celtic in next Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Alan Archibald's Jags will finish in the Premiership's top six for the first time and take on Hearts at Tynecastle in two weeks' time.

Jon Toral scores
Toral doubled his tally of Rangers goals since joining on loan from Arsenal in January

After a quiet opening spell, the hosts gradually took control with teenage left-back Beerman having two efforts deflected away and Toral's shot cleared off the line by Mustapha Dumbuya.

Wilson also tested Cerny with a header, the Thistle goalkeeper making a fine block.

Miller had scored Rangers' opener in last week's 3-0 win at Aberdeen and it was down to the experienced striker to do so again, nodding James Tavernier's cross back across goal and into the net.

Hyndman could have doubled the advantage but was foiled by Cerny.

But the Czech keeper was soon beaten by Toral's strike, which followed some impressive set-up work between the Spaniard and Hyndman.

Cerny later denied Waghorn and Miller to round off a fine individual performance.

Thistle's best efforts were a first-half Ryan Edwards shot and strikes by Chris Erskine and Kevin Nesbit in the second period but Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham had a much quieter afternoon than his opposite number.

Caxinha's side will now prepare for back-to-back Old Firm matches, with next weekend's Hampden encounter followed by Celtic's league visit to Ibrox on 29 April.

The win over Thistle kept Rangers within nine points of second-placed Aberdeen and took them nine clear of St Johnstone with five games to play.

The sides finishing second and third will secure Europa League qualifying places for next season and the Dons can now finish no lower than third.

Post-match reaction

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha: "This team is always ready to beat anyone and Celtic is going to be the next one.

"The approach to the game is going to be different - it's an Old Firm game, a knock-out game and I like the strategic side of the game, so I'm looking forward to preparing for it.

"I just hope to have 11 warriors starting the game.

"I am not totally happy about our performance defending.

"Normally, we see the result and we see zero goals in Kilmarnock, zero goals at Aberdeen and zero goals against Partick.

"But I know that we need to improve a lot in defending as a team and not only the back four or the goalkeeper himself.

"It's also true we are not letting the opponent create so many clear chances against us, which is good, but I want more, so I want more collective performances defending and need to keep working on it."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I'm frustrated by the level of our performance.

"Rangers were good, but we made it easy for them.

"Apart from the first 20 minutes, when we competed with them, our use of the ball was really poor.

"It showed that only 10 guys had trained during the week.

"That really hampered our preparations and, in the end, we looked like strangers when we were in possession.

"We are well aware of the danger of letting the season drift away now that we have achieved top six.

"We know they are hard fixtures, but you can still go and compete."

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 27Bates
  • 6Wilson
  • 61Beerman
  • 23Holt
  • 8ToralSubstituted forHallidayat 84'minutes
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forGarnerat 75'minutes
  • 20Hyndman
  • 10McKaySubstituted forDodooat 45'minutes
  • 9Miller

Substitutes

  • 7Garner
  • 11Windass
  • 14Dodoo
  • 16Halliday
  • 17Hodson
  • 25Alnwick
  • 54Wilson

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 17Keown
  • 15Devine
  • 5Lindsay
  • 19Edwards
  • 7AmooSubstituted forErskineat 51'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forNisbetat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13Barton
  • 14Elliott
  • 16AzeezSubstituted forDoolanat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 10Erskine
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 27Nisbet
  • 30McCarthy
  • 32Lamont
  • 35Ridgers
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
49,748

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 2, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Partick Thistle 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Halliday (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Booking

    Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle).

  10. Post update

    Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Andy Halliday replaces Jon Toral.

  16. Booking

    Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Jon Toral (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32293085206590
2Aberdeen33214863283567
3Rangers331610748341458
4St Johnstone33147124440449
5Hearts33129125143845
6Partick Thistle331011123538-341
7Kilmarnock33714123049-1935
8Ross County32711143552-1732
9Hamilton33614133048-1832
10Motherwell3388173861-2332
11Dundee3386193353-2030
12Inverness CT33413163662-2625
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC