Rangers fought for a solid 1-0 home win over St Johnstone on Wednesday night, closing in on the SPFL title and giving Steven Gerrard his 100th win as manager.
The league leaders started out dominant but failed to try their luck in the first half. Ryan Kent shot wide from inside the box, while James Tavernier couldn’t capitalize on his run and finish a well-placed cross from the right flank.
St Johnstone reached the first half after missing chances and tightened up when Craig Byson forced a low save from Allan McGregor. The visitors were happy to cede possession, however, and the Rangers continued to test their defense until half-time, but were somewhat lucky to come back for the second half with 11 men when Kemar Roofe did was booked only for a late challenge on Murray Davidson. .
The Rangers finally found a way after the break. Winger Ianis Hagi drifted inside the right flank and shot the ball from outside the box with a low left-footed strike after 52 minutes, scoring his fifth goal in all competitions this season.
The solo effort calmed the nerves of Gerrard’s team who looked much more in control and continued to create chances. Roofe almost caught up with goalkeeper Zander Clark who struggled to cope with a low cross from Tavernier, but he managed to get the ball back.
St Johnstone didn’t fall without a fight and managed to prick McGregor’s palms ahead of the full-time whistle by Craig Bryson, but the home side held off a resilient victory that puts them within six games of obtaining their first high-level flight. title in ten years.
Speaking after the game, assistant Gary McAllister praised the club’s solidarity, as quoted by Sky Sports: “It shows the level of work he (Gerrard) has produced here, but he will say and I will say and the players will say that It concerns everyone, not just Steven and he will not be acclaimed for it.
“It’s quite a team effort and that’s to the credit of everyone who made this trip.”