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Rangers 2-0 St Mirren

Rangers 2-0 St Mirren

Alfredo Morelos opened the scoring with his third goal of the season for RangersRangers overcame a first-half red card for Ross McCrorie to beat St Mirren and record their first Premiership win of the season.Alfredo Morelos slotted home his third goal of the season from Jamie Murphy's pass and Connor Goldson headed home a free-kick to put the hosts 2-0 ahead.Rangers were reduced to 10 men for the second successive week when McCrorie brought down Nicolai Brock-Madsen.
Danny Mullen hit the bar for St Mirren but the hosts were largely untroubled.Victory maintains unbeaten Rangers' early-season momentum under Steven Gerrard as they prepare to take a 3-1 lead to Slovenia for Thursday's second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie, before an away League Cup match at Kilmarnock next Sunday.Promoted St Mirren, who beat Dundee 2-1 in their opening home league game, travel to face Aberdeen in the League Cup second round next Saturday, before returning to league action against Livingston on 25 August.Rangers lost seven home league games last season - including to Hamilton, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock - and Gerrard had pinpointed the need for a change of mentality to avoid similar mishaps this season.His charges, including new signing Borna Barasic making his debut at left-back, appeared to be heeding his words as they moved 2-0 ahead inside the first 24 minutes.First Morelos raced on to the recalled Murphy's through-ball to slot the opener past Craig Samson for his third goal of the season.Then centre-back Connor Goldson headed home powerfully from a free-kick to register his first goal in Rangers colours.
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Connor Goldson's first goal for Rangers doubled his side's leadBut just as seven days ago against Aberdeen, when Rangers were forced to play with 10 men for 78 minutes after Morelos' red card - subsequently down-graded to yellow - at Pittodrie, Gerrard's men again found themselves a man down.Stephen McGinn's pass sent Nicolai Brock-Madsen clear through with only Rangers keeper Allan McGregor ahead of him, and referee Don Robertson had no hesitation in sending off McCrorie - preferred in midfield to Scott Arfield - after he brought down St Mirren's debutant striker. Buoyed by their man advantage, the visitors came close to scoring before the interval, Kyle Magennis sending a free-kick over and Mullen smacking an effort against the bar.But Rangers remained composed and created further chances to increase their lead on the resumption.Ryan Kent, on loan from Liverpool, raced past two defenders on the left flank before finding Morelos in the box, but the Colombian striker could only fire wide.Ovie Ejaria and Morelos, again, might have added a third before Rangers came under some late pressure.Mullen's shot from outside the box forced McGregor into another save, while Cammy Smith twice went close to a consolation goal - a deflected effort looping over McGregor but just wide, before he sent a volley narrowly over the bar.
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Line-ups
Rangers
1McGregor
15Flanagan
6Goldson
19Katic
31BarisicBooked at 33mins[/i]Substituted forTavernierat 62'minutes
17McCrorieBooked at 31mins[/i]
14KentSubstituted forHallidayat 69'minutes
23Coulibaly
10Ejaria
7Murphy
20MorelosSubstituted forSadiqat 77'minutes
Substitutes
2Tavernier
9Sadiq
13Foderingham
16Halliday
21Candeias
26Hodson
40Middleton
St Mirren
1Samson
2McGinn
15BairdBooked at 69mins[/i]
24Kpekawa
3Coulson
7Magennis
4McGinnBooked at 88mins[/i]
22WillockSubstituted forMcShaneat 75'minutes
10SmithBooked at 45mins[/i]
18MullenBooked at 28mins[/i]
9Brock-MadsenSubstituted forFlynnat 69'minutes
Substitutes
5Heaton
8Flynn
16McShane
20Cooke
23King
25Rogers
28MacPherson
Referee:Don RobertsonAttendance:49,680
Match Stats
Home TeamRangersAway TeamSt MirrenPossessionHome59%Away41%ShotsHome11Away6Shots on TargetHome8Away1CornersHome5Away4FoulsHome11Away18
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Match ends, Rangers 2, St. Mirren 0.
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Posted at 90'+4' Second Half ends, Rangers 2, St. Mirren 0.Posted at 90'+4' Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Paul McGinn (St. Mirren).Posted at 90'+3' Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90'+3' Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).Posted at 90'+3' Attempt saved. Umar Sadiq (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Booking
Posted at 88' Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 88' Lassana Coulibaly (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88' Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).Posted at 84' Delay in match Nikola Katic (Rangers) because of an injury.Posted at 82' Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.Posted at 81' Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Nikola Katic.Posted at 80' Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).Posted at 80' Hayden Coulson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 79' Foul by Umar Sadiq (Rangers).Posted at 79' Hayden Coulson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Rangers. Umar Sadiq replaces Alfredo Morelos.Posted at 76' Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution
Posted at 75' Substitution, St. Mirren. Ian McShane replaces Matty Willock.Posted at 74' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul McGinn.Posted at 72' Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 72' Foul by Nikola Katic (Rangers).Posted at 71' Attempt saved. Connor Goldson (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 71' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Cole Kpekawa.Posted at 71' Attempt saved. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution
Posted at 69' Substitution, Rangers. Andy Halliday replaces Ryan Kent.
Substitution
Posted at 69' Substitution, St. Mirren. Ryan Flynn replaces Nicolai Brock-Madsen.
Booking
Posted at 69' Jack Baird (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 68' Jamie Murphy (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 68' Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).Posted at 68' Attempt blocked. Matty Willock (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 65' Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Nikola Katic.Posted at 64' Attempt saved. Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.Posted at 63' Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).Posted at 63' Hayden Coulson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 62' Substitution, Rangers. James Tavernier replaces Borna Barisic.Posted at 62' Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 62' Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).Posted at 59' Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
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