Alfredo Morelos rescues a point for Rangers against Kilmarnock

first_img 35 Grezda Substitutes 4 Bruce Share on Messenger 39 61 Substitutes 17 Findlay Kilmarnock had crumbled 5-0 here in a Scottish Cup tie last month after their goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was sent off. But with a full complement they were able to sit in and heap more angst on a side that were still reeling from their Scottish Cup exit in midweek.Gerrard made four changes to the team dumped out by Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen as Nikola Katic, Steven Davis, Andy Halliday and Lassana Coulibaly came in. Kilmarnock, meanwhile, were forced to change their line-up three minutes into the match as Eamonn Brophy’s hamstring went after he sped past Katic.Steve Clarke turned to McAleny but the change made no difference to the Rugby Park manager’s gameplan as his side sat in and dared Rangers to break them down.Davis almost provided the cutting edge Rangers have lacked lately as he cut past Gary Dicker but Bachmann palmed his shot over.Gerrard was left fuming when Greg Aitken waved away strong penalty appeals after a Morelos strike hit Kirk Broadfoot’s outstretched arm. It proved a decisive call as Kilmarnock grabbed the lead. Dicker spotted the Rangers defence sleeping as McAleny was allowed to drift into space. Dicker’s ball over the top was inch-perfect and the striker calmly strode past Allan McGregor to finish after the keeper strangely wandered into no-man’s land. Rangers tried to up the tempo but again looked incapable of breaking down a packed defence. Instead it was Kilmarnock who almost struck again in first-half stoppage time as Alan Power dragged just wide. Frustration was rising both on and off the pitch as the whistle went for the change of ends, with Morelos pushing Broadfoot to the ground as the home support booed Gerrard’s team down the tunnel.Andy Halliday and Daniel Candeias failed to return for the restart, with Eros Grezda making his return from injury alongside Borna Barisic. That made little difference and Gerrard rolled the dice again on 64 minutes as he swapped Coulibaly for Jermain Defoe. 20 Morelos Topics match reports Kilmarnock Ronaldo’s defining display shows ‘fino alla fine’ spirit is alive at Juventus Match stats 5 3 (s 72′) 3 Worrall (s 64′) Eni Aluko KIL RGR 29 Burke 6 Power 9 Defoe Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp 13 Foderingham 6 Goldson 15 McAleny 9 Boyd 17 McCrorie KIL39RGR61% (s 69′) Scottish Premiership 14 Kent 1 McGregor 26 Bachmann (s 46′) Possession 11 Lafferty Rangers Read more (s 46′) 10 Davis 2 Rangers Off target 1 Kilmarnock 7 Rangers On target 1 Kilmarnock 21 Candeias 5 9 But it was Morelos who fired Rangers level seconds later as he collected James Tavernier’s pass and turned past Stuart Findlay before beating Bachmann at his near post.The mood round Ibrox had suddenly changed from despair to hope. But the groans were not gone for long. Ryan Kent led an 88th-minute breakaway but Grezda’s pass forced Defoe away from goal and his shot squirmed wide. Gerrard told Rangers TV afterwards: “The result is frustrating. Conceding the poor goal certainly helped them an awful lot but, in terms of us trying to get back into the game, I can’t fault the players’ application in trying to create and make things happen. We’ve played football the right way.”He had a special word for his goal-scorer. “He’s took his goal really well but we are over reliant on him at the moment and it’s my job to try and fix that.”ROUNDUPHibernian took a significant step towards a Premiership top-six place after goals from Marc McNulty and David Gray earned them a 2-0 home win over Motherwell.McNulty scored his seventh goal in as many matches by converting a 19th-minute penalty before Gray headed in Stevie Mallan’s corner six minutes before the break.Paul Heckingbottom’s side are five clear of the Steelmen and within two points of city rivals Hearts going into the international break.The Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, called for improvement following a 1-1 draw with Livingston.Niall McGinn’s 30th-minute opener was cancelled out by Craig Sibbald to leave the Dons with one victory in their past nine matches at Pittodrie.McInnes said: “I’m frustrated by the result. We spoke before the game about how we’ve made the challenge more difficult in recent home games by losing the first goal. We wanted to defend with the same authority we’ve shown in recent games.”The Livingston manager, Gary Holt, praised his side. “I’m delighted for the boys, and the character they showed to take a point, especially after going a goal down,” he said.“Aberdeen are an exceptional side, and you’re not going to be able to turn up and play your style of football. You have to match them. We worked on that through the week and I thought we were excellent.“We spoke before the game about how Aberdeen were the only team we hadn’t taken any points from, and the boys are buzzing in there because we have now. With a wee bit of luck we might even have won it.”Aaron McGowan’s first goal for Hamilton gave them a 1-0 win over Hearts at New Douglas Park. The 22-year-old former Morecambe defender scored with a brilliantly-taken volley after 36 minutes. The fifth-placed visitors showed greater application after the break, but Brian Rice’s side stood firm for a victory that moved them six points clear of second-bottom Dundee. 31 Barisic 19 Millar 18 Kamara 27 Tshibola 22 Millen Share on Facebook 19 Katic Alfredo Morelos scored his 29th goal of the season but there was fresh frustration for Rangers as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Kilmarnock.Morelos rescued a point for his side at Ibrox, his ninth goal against Kilmarnock this season, as he cancelled out Conor McAleny’s first-half goal. But Steven Gerrard’s team now risk falling 10 points behind Celtic if the Parkhead side can win at Dundee . 1 MacDonald Rangers 24 Mulumbu (s 5′) 25 Brophy The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Fouls 2 Tavernier 2 O’Donnell Share on Pinterest Corners 7 McKenzie The Observer 23 Coulibaly Kilmarnock Goal attempts Reuse this content Lineups Share via Email Share on LinkedIn 3 Taylor 16 Halliday 8 Dicker 5 Broadfootlast_img

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