Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

The stress eased on Michael Beale as Rangers hollowed out a 2-0 cinch Premiership win over St Johnstone however the Ibrox aspect once more didn’t hit the heights.

The Gers boss was below intense scrutiny following defeats to Celtic and PSV Eindhoven earlier than the worldwide break.

Danilo helped ease a number of the warmth when he headed the guests forward after 16 minutes earlier than substitute Rabbi Matondo added a second within the 79th minute. It was removed from a convincing efficiency from the Gers, nonetheless, towards a aspect who’re nonetheless searching for their first league win this season.

How Rangers received at McDiarmid Park

Beale made six adjustments with Ben Davies, Ridvan Yilmaz, John Lundstram, Tom Lawrence, Sam Lammers and Danilo again within the aspect.

Lawrence was making his first begin in over a 12 months after recovering from a severe knee damage whereas Davies made his first look of the season.

Saints boss Steven MacLean gave striker Chris Kane his first begin since January 2022 and he was one in all 4 adjustments with captain Liam Gordon, Oludare Olufunwa and Max Kucheriavyi additionally coming in.

Dara Costelloe makes a lunging problem on Tom Lawrence

It was a removed from spectacular begin by the guests however they took the lead following a break from a St Johnstone nook.

Skipper James Tavernier took a cross from Nicolas Raskin, performed a one-two with Lammers and went previous Graham Carey with ease earlier than crossing for Danilo to go previous keeper Dimitar Mitov from six yards.

Danilo cracked heads with Gordon within the aerial joust and each needed to go off with Abdallah Sima and Sam McClelland respectively approaching.

Danilo leaves the sector via damage after heading Rangers forward towards St Johnstone

The aim relaxed the Govan aspect just a little.

Within the twenty fourth minute Sima burst into the St Johnstone field however opted to drive straight at Mitov from an angle with Lammers and Kemar Roofe ready to faucet in.

Mitov saved Sima’s drive from distance earlier than the break however Rangers seemed ropey initially of the second half.

A brief pass-back by Davies to Jack Butland noticed Kane nip in earlier than it received to the keeper and he tumbled to the bottom however referee Nick Walsh ignored penalty claims and the VAR Gavin Duncan didn’t ask him to take a look.

Abdallah Sima makes an attempt an overhead kick towards St Johnstone

Kane went sprawling once more after being concerned with Lawrence contained in the field at a St Johnstone nook moments later and once more a VAR test introduced no pleasure for the house aspect.

Rangers nonetheless couldn’t get right into a circulate.

Within the 63rd minute Roofe had the ball within the web from a Sima cut-back however the aim was dominated out for an infringement.

MacLean was then booked on the touchline after complaining that referee Walsh had stopped play for a foul for Saints when his aspect had been prepared to interrupt.

Lawrence had a good drive saved by Mitov earlier than Matondo, on for Lammers, raced on to a Lawrence cross and slipped the ball previous Mitov to seal three factors.

St Johnstone substitute Cammy MacPherson headed a Carey cross previous the publish from six yards however the Govan aspect cruised the ultimate levels though, finally, it was one other Rangers efficiency that left extra questions than solutions.

What’s subsequent?

St Johnstone’s subsequent Scottish Premiership match is away to Hibernian on September 23. Kick-off 3pm.

Rangers are in European motion subsequent as they face Actual Betis within the Europa League group levels at house on September 21, kick-off 8pm.

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