Tuesday January 18th

Tuesday night saw two matches in the SPL. Kilmarnock entertained a high flying Hearts side and ever impressive away side Inverness Caledonian Thistle travelled  down to Glasgow to play defending champions Rangers.

Rangers 1-0 ICT

Inverness would have went into the game thinking that they could get something, after their previous two meetings with Rangers ended in 1-1 draws and they looked more dangerous in the opening stages of the game with, sought after striker, Adam Rooney and Richie Foran having chances.

Rangers then created chances of their own with both Vladimir Weiss and Kyle Lafferty going close.  Rangers made the breakthrough just before the break ;Andy Webster fouled Adam Rooney and the ball found its way to Steven Davis who slotted home a nice finish from 18-yards.

Nikica Jelavic returned from injury and received a rapturous applause from the Ibrox faithful. One of his first involvements in the game was to receive a yellow card for a clear dive in the Caley box.

Rangers enjoyed much of the second half possession and went close again when Jelavic headed against the post and then fired over from close range.

A clear victory against a battling Inverness for Rangers and moving them within two points of Celtic with two games in hand remaining. A crucial game away at Tynecastle in the early kick-off this weekend could see Rangers regain top spot before Celtic’s game against Craig Brown’s ever improving Aberdeen at Parkhead.

Kilmarnock 1-2 Hearts

Kilmarnock went into the game hoping to get their first win in three and they faced tough opposition in Jim Jefferies’ 3rd placed Hearts side. Hearts did get the best out of the opening exchanges but it was Kilmarnock who took the lead when Portuguese striker Rui Miguel exchanged with Finnish talisman Alexei Eremenko to finish off a nice move and put the Ayrshire side 1-0 up inside 19 minutes.

Hearts seemed to have other ideas and levelled the match with on the 73 minute when substitute Stephen Elliott finished off a nice move from 12 yards.

And it was to be the substitute who would clinch the win for the capital side with only four minutes left on the clock. After a rare mistake from Cammy Bell, Elliott’s shot trickled past him and gave the away side a good victory and some breathing space between themselves and Kilmarnock in 4th position.

Some crucial games at the weekend ahead with Hearts at home to Rangers as previously mentioned and Kilmarnock face Dundee United in the second of three consecutive home games for the Ayshire men.


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