A goal from Ryan Jack gave Rangers another unstoppable step towards the Scottish Premiership title with a narrow 1-0 win over Kilmarnock.The midfielder shot in the 38 Minute of the lackluster first half at Ibrox from 25 meters a terrific volley

The Light Blues had more chances shortly after the break, but could not extend their lead and therefore could not relax against a strong Kilmarnock team until the final whistle

After losing two points in Hamilton last week, Steven Gerrard was able to win again 21 points ahead of second-placed Celtic without the suspended strikers Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe

Celtic has two games in hand, with the reigning champions on Sunday in St Johnstone plays

Tommy Wright took charge of the fighting Ayrshire team for the second time and it was the seventh straight defeat, but he will be pleased with aspects of the game

Gerrard shuffled the backpack again and put Leon Balogun, Jack and Steven Davis back on the bench with Jermain Defoe and Scott Arfield

Kilmarnock, whose new signing, former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty, was not in the squad but had Youssouf Mulumbu and Aaron Tshibola back in midfield, stubbornly defended

Rangers captain James Tavernier had the ball in the 18th Minute after a pass from Cedric Itten in the net, but the offside flag had already gone off

Rangers searched and pushed with a little patience, but Killie’s rearguard held on to the 27th Minute after Kilmarnock defender Clevid Dikomana Itten stumbled 25 meters from the goal, Ianis Hagi came close with a decent free kick

It was another free kick that scored the goal after Tshibola conceded a free kick 40 meters from the goal

The killie defense couldn’t deal with Tavernier’s delivery into the box, and when Tshibola hooked the ball, he only went as far as Jack, who volleyed it high at Kilmarnock keeper Colin Doyle for his second goal of the season returned

The home team might have doubled that lead when Ryan Kent went broke, but his left-footed shot was tipped by Doyle for a corner that went nowhere

Seconds later the Rangers were calling for a penalty when Tavernier fell into the box under pressure from Rory McKenzie, but referee Don Robertson kept playing Doyle saved an angled drive from Kent within seconds of the restart, and minutes later the goalkeeper saved from Kilmarnock after a similar exertion by pushing the ride around the post around a corner which was again defended by the visitors

Rangers broke with much more intent and only a fine block from Aaron McGowan kept Joe Aribo Doyle from testing with a powerful drive while Itten’s shot went straight to number one rugby park on the turn

Rangers in the 85 Minute after a quick counterattack, Kent left Aribo to win with only Doyle, but couldn’t avoid the goalkeeper who got a touch and the corner proved unsuccessful again

Then ignored a Kilmarnock claim for a penalty – when Balogun tangled up with Kilmarnock substitute Danny Whitehall – and Rangers saw out the four minutes of stoppage time


World News – GB – Jack hits, as Rangers defeat Kilmarnock and return to winning ways

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/13/jack-scores-as-rangers-edge-kilmarnock-and-return-to-winning-ways