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Scottish Premiership

Caledonian Stadium (ATT 6,416) 26th February 2012 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: W Collum

Inverness Inverness CT vs Rangers Rangers

Inverness 1

S Williams (40)


Rangers 4

S Davis (6)
S Aluko (16)
A Little (36)
L McCulloch (72)

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Last Updated at 2:37 pm, February 26th 2012

  1. 90+3

    Hayes takes the free-kick and McGregor makes a good save before it is cleared behind. No time for anymore though and the whistle goes for full time.

  2. 90+2

    Into the final stages and a late free-kick for the hosts around 30 yards from the Rangers goal.

  3. 90

    There will be two added minutes.

  4. 88

    Owain Tudur Jones comes on for Tade and the former's first contribution is a shot from outside the box which is just wide.

  5. 87

    Great chances for McCullough and Davis as they fire shots goalward that are blocked. The former then has another effort that rattles off the bar and drops down - it is behind the line and should have been a fifth Rangers goal on replay.

  6. 86

    Hayes tries again and no-one can get a firm touch insode the six-yard box. Rangers clear with Wylde charging forward but his ball to Celik forces the latter wide and a corner is the result.

  7. 86

    Another corner for Inverness on the right this time. Hayes takes and it is cleared behind for another go.

  8. 85

    Two more Rangers subs. Gregg Wylde is on for Aluko and Kane Hemmings replaces the hard-working Little.

  9. 83

    Corner to Inverness as the ball goes out off Bocanegra. Nothing much results again from the restart.

  10. 82

    Shinnie gives away a throw deep in his own half under pressure from Davis and Celik.

  11. 81

    Mervan Celik comes on for the impressive Kerkar as rangers make their first change.

  12. 79

    Tade caught offside as he nearly grabs a second for the hosts. McGregor makes the save from point-blank range anyway after some good play and a lovely ball into the box by Hayes.

  13. 77

    Kerkar tries to chip the ball over the top as Little lurks on the last defender but the danger is cleared.

  14. 76

    The corner comes to nothing and then Williams is caught offside in the Rangers box.

  15. 75

    Another corner to follow once McGregor gets to his feet after taking an elbow in the face from Gnakpa.

  16. 74

    Handball just inside the Rangers half and the hosts have a chance to get the ball forward. The ball bounces off the head of Bocanegra and it is a corner on the right taken by Hayes.

  17. 72

    Kerkar's weak shot takes a deflection and it rather deceives Esson as he tries to gather. The ball pops out and McCullough is there to tap into an empty net.

  18. 72


  19. 71

    Terry Butcher and the Inverness bench getting ready to introduce Claude Gnakpa. Nick Ross makes way.

  20. 70

    McCullough sets himself up for a half-volley but misses the target.

  21. 69

    Williams thinks he has been fouled as he clears but the ref points to a Rangers throw halfway inside the Inverness half.

  22. 68

    Inverness on the attack again on the left but once again the delivery by Ross and Hayes is not good enough.

  23. 67

    Davis takes the corner and Esson makes a good catch in a crowd of bodies.

  24. 67

    Little forces a corner for Rangers on the left via Williams.

  25. 65

    Throw deep in the Inverness half taken by Ross Perry on the right. Kerkar then crosses from the left but Shinnie can head clear of his own area.

  26. 64

    Aluko is quickly out of the wall and blocks Tansey's drive.

  27. 63

    Tansey and Edu collide on the edge of the Rangers box and a promising opening for the home side with the resultant free-kick.

  28. 62

    Foran goes in the book as he leads with the elbow while challenging Aluko for a high ball.

  29. 61

    Kerkar tries to beat Proctor on the left but the latter gets a foot in and concedes the throw.

  30. 60

    Broadfoot wins a free-kick just outside his own area as he pinches the ball from Tade and the latter then fouls him.

  31. 59

    Kerkar has been patched up and is back on to the pitch.

  32. 58

    Great individual play from Aluko as he holds of Shinnie and darts into the Inverness box. His shot lacks power as he is off balance a little and Esson makes the save down low.

  33. 56

    Kerkar is off the pitch for treament with blood puring from a head wound after his own team-mate Broadfoot collides with him in midair.

  34. 55

    Rangers nearly make it four as two last-ditch clearances keep the ball out. The second is a fine reflex save with his feet by Esson.

  35. 54

    Davis delivers and Bocanegra gets a dangerous flick on. The ball then goes behind for a fourth straight corner on the other side this time.

  36. 54

    Davis takes again and the same result as Graeme Shinnie heads behind.

  37. 54

    Davis takes and it goes behind off an Inverness head.

  38. 53

    Corner on the left for Rangers won by Broadfoot.

  39. 52

    Chase down the left for Davis for Gillet does well to make the challenge and clear for a throw.

  40. 51

    The hard work of Davis wins a free-kick 25 yards from the Inverness goal. Aluko hits the set-piece straight into the wall.

  41. 50

    McKay does well down the right this time and his deep cross is almost met by Tansey but Davis does very well to intercept and launch a Rangers counter.

  42. 48

    Great speed from Hayes down the right as he outpaces Broadfoot. He crosses along the edge of the six-yard box and Tade can't just poke the ball home. It goes for a corner after a last-ditch challenge by Goian.

  43. 47

    Davis delivers the ball into the Inverness box from the free-kick and after a quick scramble the defence clears.

  44. 46

    First free-kick of the second period goes to Rangers after Davis is caught late.

  45. 46

    Change for the hosts as Josh Meekings is replaced by David Proctor. We are off and running once more.

  46. An entertaining first half in the Highlands. Sky Bet makes Rangers 1-50 to hold on and win with Inverness 66-1 to pull of a shock and claim all three points. The draw is 16-1. Total goals in the game of 4-6 with Sky Bet is 1-7 but over seven can be backed at 4-1.

  47. 45+1

    Tansey delivers well and it falls to Tade on the volley. He sets himself but blasts wide of the target. The whistle goes for the break immediately.

  48. 45

    More late encouragement for Inverness with a late throw deep in the Rangers half. They win a free-kick on the left in another very good spot.

  49. 43

    Inverness probe again down the right and Nick Ross delivers a tempting cross but it is hoofed clear of danger by Goian.

  50. 42

    First card of the game for Gillet after a rather clumsy tackle on Little.

  51. 41

    Rangers press again but Edu's shot from the edge of the Inverness box is scuffed.

  52. 40

    The second corner is much better from Tansey and Steve Williams rises to head home from five yards. Not exactly game on but a glimmer of light for the home side.

  53. 40


  54. 30

    First corner of the game for the hosts and it is quickly followed by the second.

  55. 38

    Cruise control for the visitors and they have barely got out of second gear and lead by three. Hayes crosses from the right but once again it is speculative despite Tade's attempt to get to the ball.

  56. 36

    Pick of the three goals. Fabulous through ball from Kerkar finds Little in the left channel - he strides into the box under pressure, sets himself well and fires home with his left foot from a tight angle.

  57. 36


  58. 34

    Good work from Hayes in midfield to slow down Edu and a Rangers attack. The latter then gets the ball back but his effort from distance is well over the Inverness bar.

  59. 33

    Much better cross from Tade on the left but McGregor comes to collect and gathers well in between players.

  60. 32

    Hayes once again has a chance to make something happen, this time on the right half of the Rangers box but loses control at the vital moment.

  61. 32

    Quick chat from the ref with Richie Foran and Edu after they come together on halfway.

  62. 31

    McKay has the chance to break from halfway after a Rangers throw is cleared from the Inverness box but Davis is back well to halt his progress.

  63. 30

    Hayes has some space on the right but once again the cross into the box is woeful and easy for McGregor to deal with.

  64. 28

    Lee McCulloch wins a header on the edge of the Inverness area and flicks it towards Little in the box but it rolls through to Ryan Esson.

  65. 27

    Best effort of the half so far from Inverness. The ball breaks to Tansey 25 yards and his stinging drive is parried away by Allan McGregor. He is lucky not to see it fall to an Inverness boot.

  66. 26

    Kerkar continues to look dangerous on the left. He just loses control of the ball in the Inverness penalty area and can olny prod it behind for a goal-kick.

  67. 25

    Kerkar delivers another dangerouss ball in from the left but it is headed clear for a Rangers throw. The visitors keep up the pressure until winning another throw on the right flank.

  68. 24

    Rangers throw-in deep in their own half.

  69. 23

    The free-kick is aimed towards the edge of the Rangers penalty box and falls for Greg Tansey, who pulls his shot wide of the upright.

  70. 22

    Goian clatters through the back of McKay as they challenge for a high ball. The ref has a word with the latter.

  71. 21

    Inverness still looking to create a clear-cut chance and it is very comfortable for the visitors at the moment.

  72. 19

    Tade crosses from the left but his delivery is moderate and Dorin Goian clears his lines comfortably.

  73. 17

    Another break down the left for Rangers but the cross is dealt with on this occasion.

  74. 16

    Andy Little does well to chase a ball down on the right flank - Kenny Gillet makes a pathetic attempt to clear his cross which falls straight to Aluko, who makes no mistake this time with a drive into the corner.

  75. 16


  76. 15

    Inverness try and get an attack going from a throw-in but once again the Rangers defence is untroubled and can clear comfortably.

  77. 14

    Good play down the left from Broadfoot and Davis. The latter then lofts one to the back stick but Aluko heads wide of the target - should have doubled the Rangers lead.

  78. 12

    Hayes trips Kirk Broadfoot to give away a free-kick just outside the Rangers penalty box.

  79. 11

    Davis delivers a deep free-kick into the Inverness box but it is comfortably cleared.

  80. 10

    McKay wins a free-kick on the right in the Rangers half after a meaty challenge from Bocanegra. Poor delivery by Greg Tansey.

  81. 8

    Billy McKay makes a surging run down the left and into the Rangers area - he pulls the ball back but there is no-one to get on the end for a certain tap-in.

  82. 6

    Salim Kerkar finds himself in an acre of space on the left side of the Inverness box after a ball from Maurice Edu and reaches the byline. He pulls the ball back and Steve Davies gets on the end between challenges to score from close range.

  83. 6


  84. 5

    Sone Aluko shows some good skill down the right to get into the Inverness half but is hacked down and wins the free-kick.

  85. 4

    Gregory Tade crosses from the left after making some space but he can't beat the first defender.

  86. 2

    Pleasant enough conditions with a bit of a breeze blowing. Johnny Hayes barged over by Carlos Bocanegra and the first free-kick to the hosts just inside the Rangers half.

  87. 1

    Early throw for Inverness now just inside the Rangers half.

  88. 1

    A long punt forward from the back goes deep into the Rangers half and the ball goes out for a thro to the visitors.

  89. 1

    The home side get the game under way.

  90. The teams are on their way out and we are not far away from kick-off.

  91. Pre-match Inverness CT: Inverness welcome back Gregory Tade from injury with fellow striker Billy McKay also coming into the starting line-up. Steve Williams returns from suspension in the back four and David Proctor, Claude Gnakpa and Shane Sutherland drop out.

  92. Pre-match Rangers: Ross Perry, Andrew Little and Salim Kerkar come into the Rangers team for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Inverness. The inexperienced trio were brought in with Rangers manager Ally McCoist deprived of Lee Wallace through injury and the suspended Sasa Papac. David Healy drops to the bench.

  93. The Gers: McGregor, Perry, Goian, Bocanegra, Broadfoot, Aluko, Davis, Edu, McCulloch, Little, Kerkar. Subs: Alexander, Healy, Bedoya, Celik, Wylde, Hemmings, McCabe.

  94. Here is the home team: Esson, Graeme Shinnie, Gillet, Williams, Meekings, Hayes, McKay, Tansey, Ross, Tade, Foran. Subs: Tuffey, Tokely, Tudur Jones, Proctor, Sutherland, Winnall, Gnakpa.

  95. Welcome along to our coverage of Inverness CT and Rangers. The latter are odds-on favourites for the three points at 10-11 with Sky Bet while the hosts are 3-1 chances. The draw can be backed at 12-5. Pre-match news and teams to follow ....



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