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MATCH REPORT Rangers 2-0 Ross County

A goal on either side of half time for Rangers sealed a 2-0 win for the home side, in a match where the Staggies replicated their strong performance from Saturday at Celtic Park.

 

It was the Staggies that would have the first clear opening of the match. A neat one-two passage from Vigurs and Sean Kelly saw the latter deliver a great cross in to the box from the left hand side. For such a quality delivery there was little of quality on the end of it as none of the advancing Staggies midfielders could get on the end of it.

 

Ryan Kent would then get the first shot on target for the home side shortly after. He would drive in to the box from the left-hand side before sending a grass-cutter across the goal with Baxter getting a good hand to prevent the former Liverpool-man opening the scoring.

 

Scott Arfield would be the next to try for the home side just short of the half hour mark. The ball fell to the midfielder on the edge of the box but his volley went over the bar, however the referee pointed for a corner to the hosts.

 

4 minutes before the break and the Staggies, who had defended very well, would see their resistance broken. A headed clearance fell to the feet of Jermain Defoe and the striker sent his low shot through a crowd of players in to the bottom right hand corner with Baxter unfortunate not to get a hand to it.

 

Just two minutes after the half-time interval, Rangers would double their lead. A deft touch from first half scorer Defoe set Arfield through one-on-one with Baxter. The midfielder kept a cool head and slotted past Baxter in to the bottom right hand corner.

 

The Staggies would retaliate and Billy McKay would let fly 8 minutes after the second goal. From fully 25 yards the striker tried to catch out McGregor but the shot went just over the bar.

 

With 20 minutes to go the Staggies would again be offered a life-line back in to the match. From a great corner delivery, there were no takers in the area and with McGregor staying on his line the Staggies failed to capitalise.

 

There would be a delay in play as Jermain Defoe pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and the former England striker would have to be stretchered off, replaced with Joe Aribo. Rangers would also send on Alfredo Morelos just moments later.

 

Morelos wouldn’t wait long before creating an opportunity for himself. The striker spotting Nathan Baxter off his line and tried from the right-hand side to chip the Staggies Keeper. However it went horribly wrong as the strikers chip sailed in to the home fans behind the goal.

 

As the game drew to a close neither side would be able to further create any clear-cut chances and Rangers keep the 3 points in Govan. Whilst for the Staggies it’s a trip to Kilmarnock on Saturday where we will be looking for more valuable Premiership points.