Steven Gerrard clocked up a century of wins as Rangers supervisor as his unbeaten crew edged nearer nonetheless to the title with a 1-0 win over St Johnstone.
Ianis Hagi pounced for the winner simply after half-time to make sure his boss moved into triple figures after a scrappy affair.
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The former Liverpool skipper has solely wanted 152 video games to make it to 100 wins – and simply six extra will see him lead Gers to their first league crown in a decade.
The rampant league leaders – who stay 23 factors clear of Celtic – began Kemar Roofe up entrance in place of Alfredo Morelos because the Colombian started a three-match ban for his Ryan Porteous stamp.
But Saints boss Callum Davidson will really feel his Betfred Cup finalists ought to have been taking part in towards 10 males for the final 70 minutes after Roofe was let off with only a reserving after catching Murray Davidson with a stunning lunge.
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Gerrard named new signing Scott Wright on the bench however there no signal of Jack Simpson following his deadline day transfer from Bournemouth.
Millwall loanee James Brown got here in for his first Saints begin at right-back, with Craig Conway, Craig Bryson and Stevie May additionally refreshing a crew that needed to dig deep to combat again from two all the way down to beat Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Rangers and St Johnstone meet at Ibrox
Had Rangers been sharper, the guests would have been three down on the break this time.
Gers’ first golden probability got here within the Twelfth-minute as Joe Aribo knocked down Connor Goldson’s 40-yard ping for Ryan Kent. The winger shifted the ball onto his proper foot in a single easy motion however received his end mistaken as he pushed it a whisker vast.
Saints weren’t afraid to have a go, springing ahead on the counter within the early levels.
They got just a little assist, nonetheless, when Filip Helander received himself in a muddle making an attempt to protect the ball away from May within the field. Bryson nicked possession however fortunately for Rangers’ Swedish centre-back, the angle was towards the midfielder and Allan McGregor was in a position to block on the entrance publish.
Gerrard made an attraction for consistency to be utilized to the SFA’s disciplinary proceedings this week, hitting out after Hibs defender Darren McGregor escaped punishment for trampling on Glen Kamara whereas Morelos discovered himself banned retrospectively for the second time this season.
David Munro stored up the referee’s run of lacking massive incidents as he let Roofe off flippantly after his ugly problem on Davidson, who would later limp off struggling with the after-effects of the sort out.
Roofe’s contact had been off all evening and it was whereas chasing one other free ball that he planted his studs into the Saints veteran’s ankle.
Ianis Hagi fires in the one purpose of the sport at Ibrox
And his ending was no higher, losing an enormous alternative within the thirty second minute as he lashed vast from six yards after Aribo’s chic footwork noticed him wriggle previous Jamie McCart down the left.
Saints had been proving arduous to interrupt down but Rangers nonetheless had time to see one other opening slide earlier than the break as Goldson miscued from shut vary after Tavernier slung a magnificence of a free-kick in behind the guests’ again line.
But Rangers did get the breakthrough inside seven minutes of the restart after stepping up the strain.
Ryan Jack fed Hagi vast on the proper and the Romanian took the initiative, driving again throughout the sting of the field earlier than angling a agency low end again past Zander Clark for his fifth purpose of the season.
The job was not completed, nonetheless, and McGregor needed to keep targeted as Bryson twice threatened to spoil Gerrard’s evening.
What the managers stated
Rangers assistant Gary McAllister: “I think we are getting close to loads of records and the stats and the win percentage, I don’t need to tell you guys, is very high.
“It reveals the extent of job that he has produced right here, however he’ll say and I’ll say and the gamers will say that it has been about everyone. It isn’t just about Steven and he will not be taking the approval for that.
“It is a whole team effort and it is credit to everyone that has been on this journey.”
St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson: “All I can do is credit my players. They showed drive in the last 25 minutes of the game. In the first half I thought my boys worked really hard, Rangers had a couple of really good chances to score.
“It’s humorous, you come Ibrox and typically your keeper is having to make save after save, however Zander did not have a save to make and that speaks volumes for the work-rate of my gamers.
“Once we went a goal down I thought the reaction was tremendous. The showed great character and we could have got something at the end.”
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Rangers journey to Hamilton on Sunday lunchtime in a recreation you may watch dwell on Sky Sports Football at Midday, whereas St Johnstone are at in-form Livingston on Saturday afternoon.