Date: 19th October 2011 at 11:00pm
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Rangers were back in action after the international break and were boosted before kick-off with the news that Celtic had drawn away to Kilmarnock, meaning Rangers could now stretch their lead to twelve points.

So could the do it? Could they heck! As quite often happens in these situations, Rangers couldn’t take advantage of Celtic’s slip up. Not that it matters as we are comfortably ahead but the more points the better.

Ally McCoist made two changes to the team that beat Hibernian 1-0. Lee Wallace was in for Sasa Papac and Steven Naismith came in for Bedoya.

Rangers put the Buddies under pressure in the first half with a series of corners, but lacked a cutting edge and couldn’t find a way past the Paisley side. St Mirren weren’t phased by the occasion and enjoyed a lot of possession. They had a great chance when Allan McGregor failed to deal with a cross and Jim Goodwin shot in only for the ball to deflect off his team mate Lee Mair and out of play.

0-0 it was at half-time, but Rangers didn’t take long to get off the mark in the second-half. Three minutes in, Croatian hitman Nikica Jelavic gave Rangers the lead. The big man firing home from around 12 yards after Lafferty worked hard to set him up.

Lafferty set up Jelavic for another chance shortly after but the St Mirren goalkeeper saved well from the Croat to keep it at 1-0. It looked like Rangers would hang on for the 1-0 victory and go twelve points clear of Celtic, however St Mirren had other ideas.

Ex Rangers striker Steven Thomson came back to haunt his old club with a 95TH minute equaliser. The ex Dundee Utd, Rangers and Cardiff man converted from a van Zanten cross much to Ally McCoist’s dismay. Many Rangers fans would have already left the ground thinking the three points were in the bag.

Rangers v St Mirren Match Stats

 

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