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8 games coming up starting with 2 on Wednesday 17th February, 4 on Saturday 20th and 2 on Sunday 21st.

Choose your predictions carefully because there are a few choice games this week.

Will the sheep give up a fight at the midden?
The Buddies have 2 home games on the bounce, can they take maximum points to climb back into the top 6?
Rangers back from Europe's Thursday game will be looking for 3 points at Ibrox on Sunday.
Predictions in for Wednesday 17th February 17h45.

Wednesday 17th February

    Celtic                                             18:00                              Aberdeen
    St Mirren                                       18:00                              Hamilton Academical

Saturday 20th February

    Aberdeen                                     15:00                               Kilmarnock
    Hibernian                                     15:00                               Hamilton Academical
    Motherwell                                  15:00                               St Johnstone
    St Mirren                                     15:00                                Livingston

Sunday 21st February

    Rangers                                       15:00                               Dundee United
    Ross County                               19:30                               Celtic

A reminder of the standings after week 28

Dug             093
Bastion       088
Mak            084
Hairy          084
Boro Boy    082
SP               071
Winston      056

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 28



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Wednesday 17th February

    Celtic                                             18:00                              Aberdeen.............................1
    St Mirren                                       18:00                              Hamilton Academical...........1

Saturday 20th February

    Aberdeen                                     15:00                               Kilmarnock...........................1
    Hibernian                                     15:00                               Hamilton Academical............1
    Motherwell                                  15:00                               St Johnstone.........................2
    St Mirren                                     15:00                                Livingston.............................1

Sunday 21st February

    Rangers                                       15:00                               Dundee United......................1
    Ross County                               19:30                               Celtic......................................2

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Wednesday 17th February

    Celtic                                             18:00                              Aberdeen                                   1
    St Mirren                                       18:00                              Hamilton Academical              x

Saturday 20th February

    Aberdeen                                     15:00                               Kilmarnock                                1
    Hibernian                                     15:00                               Hamilton Academical              1
    Motherwell                                  15:00                               St Johnstone                             2
    St Mirren                                     15:00                                Livingston                                  x

Sunday 21st February

    Rangers                                       15:00                               Dundee United                           1
    Ross County                               19:30                               Celtic                                           2

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Wednesday 17th February

Celtic             18:00           Aberdeen  1

 St Mirren       18:00           Hamilton  1

Saturday 20th February

Aberdeen          15:00       Kilmarnock  x

Hibernian          15:00       Hamilton  1

Motherwell         15:00      St Johnstone  x

 St Mirren          15:00        Livingston 1

Sunday 21st February

 Rangers           15:00       Dundee United 1

Ross County      19:30      Celtic 2  

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3 hours ago, boro_boy said:

Wednesday 17th February

    Celtic                                             18:00                              Aberdeen                                   1
    St Mirren                                       18:00                              Hamilton Academical              1

Saturday 20th February

    Aberdeen                                     15:00                               Kilmarnock                                1
    Hibernian                                     15:00                               Hamilton Academical              1
    Motherwell                                  15:00                               St Johnstone                             2
    St Mirren                                     15:00                                Livingston                                  1

Sunday 21st February

    Rangers                                       15:00                               Dundee United                           1
    Ross County                               19:30                               Celtic                                           2


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Wednesday 17th February

    Celtic                    18:00           Aberdeen          1
    St Mirren              18:00              Hamilton         1

Saturday 20th February

    Aberdeen          15:00               Kilmarnock      x
    Hibernian          15:00                 Hamilton        1
    Motherwell       15:00             St Johnstone     1
    St Mirren           15:00             Livingston         2

Sunday 21st February

    Rangers          15:00      Dundee United           1
    Ross County         19:30                  Celtic        2

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Wednesday 17th February

Celtic             18:00           Aberdeen  X

 St Mirren       18:00           Hamilton  1

Saturday 20th February

Aberdeen          15:00       Kilmarnock  1

Hibernian          15:00       Hamilton  1

Motherwell         15:00      St Johnstone  2

 St Mirren          15:00        Livingston 1

Sunday 21st February

 Rangers           15:00       Dundee United 1

Ross County      19:30      Celtic 2  

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Results for week 29 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Wednesday 17th February

    Celtic                                                                          18:00                                         Aberdeen                                             1
    St Mirren                                                                     18:00                                        Hamilton Academical                         X

Saturday 20th February

    Aberdeen                                                                   15:00                                        Kilmarnock                                           1
    Hibernian                                                                   15:00                                        Hamilton Academical                           1
    Motherwell                                                                15:00                                        St Johnstone                                        2
    St Mirren                                                                    15:00                                        Livingston                                            X

Sunday 21st February

    Rangers                                                                     15:00                                       Dundee United                                     1
    Ross County                                                             19:30                                       Celtic                                                     1

Results of week 29 by participants

SP 4 out of 8
Dug 5 out of 8
Bastion 5 out of 8
Hairy 3 out of 8  
Mak 3 out of 8
Boro Boy 7 out of 8
Winston 3 out of 8

The standings after week 29

Dug               098
Bastion         093
Boro Boy       089
Mak               087
Hairy             087
SP                 075
Winston        059

Dug still 5 points in the lead above Bastion, BB takes a massive jump into 3rd place with 7 correct results, Mak and Hairy still neck and neck, Winston a massive 16 points behind SP.

The tims dropped another 3 points against Ross County leaving Rangers only needing 7 points to clinch the title, the big losers of the week were the Buddies who could only manage 2 points from 2 home games but still cling onto 6th place. Accies and Killie fighting in the relegation battle.  

A few afters

Full time tims Sheep 1 - 0 no match report

Full time Buddies Accies 1 - 1

Hamilton Academical "rolled their sleeves up" to fight back at St Mirren and earn a Scottish Premiership draw, says head coach Brian Rice.

Ilkay Durmus' low drive opened the scoring for the hosts after a first half in which the Hamilton woodwork was struck twice and goalkeeper Ryan Fulton was forced into a string of fine stops.
But Hamilton fought back to claim a deserved point as Bruce Anderson's deflected strike levelled the contest.

"We got our just reward," Rice said.
"When we went a goal down we rolled the sleeves up a little bit more. We deserved our equaliser."

The draw leaves Rice's men in 11th, but they have opened up a one-point gap between themselves and bottom club Ross County.

As for St Mirren, despite surrendering a one-goal lead, the point lifts Jim Goodwin's side back into the top six.

Rice's men got about their work quickly in their 4-1 win over Motherwell on Saturday, and started in similar fashion in Paisley as Marios Ogkmpoe forced Jak Alnwick into an early save.
The lively Anderson then played Lee Hodson in behind the St Mirren backline, only for his effort to be blocked for a corner.

In an entertaining start, Durmus had the first clear opening for the hosts as he had a left-footed strike across goal saved superbly by Fulton, before Cammy MacPherson's deep free-kick deflected wide.
It was then down to the woodwork to save the visitors. First, Hamilton captain Brian Easton was almost left red faced as he diverted a header against his own bar, then Richard Tait struck the far post with a low left-footed effort.
Tait then forced Fulton into another fine stop and, early in the second period, Anderson spurned a golden opportunity when he diverted a free header over Alnwick's crossbar.

Anderson would be made to pay for the miss, as Durmus broke the deadlock for Jim Goodwin's men with a low effort from the edge of the area. Fulton, who was impressive throughout, got a hand to it but could not keep it out.

Rice's side responded well as Anderson made up for his earlier miss, seeing a deflected strike off Joe Shaughnessy beat a helpless Alnwick.

And it could have been more for the away side as Ogkmpoe's close-range effort was saved well by Alnwick.

Man of the match - Ilkay Durmus


The St Mirren winger (left) was a constant threat throughout and was the liveliest of the home side's frontline.

What they said

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"We asked the players before the game to make sure we were in the top half come the end. The point was enough. Hopefully we can build on that.
"We could've been a goal in front at half-time. I think we were the better team in the first half. Over the whole 90 minutes a draw was probably fair.

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
"We got a little bit of a break for the goal, but it was thoroughly deserved.
"The biggest game is the next one. We won't change too much going forward."

What's next?

Both sides return to action on Saturday as St Mirren welcome Livingston and Hamilton travel to Easter Road to face Hibernian (both 15:00 GMT).

Full time Sheep Killie 1 - 0

Aberdeen "feel we have more in us" says manager Derek McInnes after they ended a six-game goal drought to condemn Kilmarnock to an eighth successive Scottish Premiership defeat.
Striker Callum Hendry's first Aberdeen goal - a headed finish moments after replacing the injured Fraser Hornby - finally broke his side's barren run.

It is just the second win in 11 games for McInnes' side.
"We're going through a tough spell but wins like today will help" he said.

Aberdeen still trail Hibernian by four points in the race to finish third, with the Dons having played a game more.
"That's the demand of managing this club, there is an expectation [to finish third]," said McInnes.
"We've had to deal with a lot of disruption, a lot of injuries, getting people in the door. Hopefully the players can be good enough between now and the end of the season to get third spot, and third spot would be a good season's work."

Nicke Kabamba spurned an excellent chance to equalise before the break, and Kilmarnock's improved second half could not prevent a third loss running for new manager Tommy Wright.
After a fifth game without scoring, the struggling Ayrshire club remain level with second-bottom Hamilton Academical and a point clear of Ross County, who have two matches in hand.
Ross McCrorie might have given Aberdeen late breathing space when he rattled the crossbar.

The situation was desperate for both sides heading into this Pittodrie contest. Aberdeen's stretch without a goal had set a club record in the midweek defeat by Celtic and they began clearly intent on stopping that embarrassment extending further.
Lewis Ferguson had a shot clawed behind by goalkeeper Colin Doyle in the opening minutes and Hornby curled inches wide.
The striker seemed to injure himself in the process as he limped off moments later, but his misfortune allowed on-loan St Johnstone striker Hendry to steal the limelight with the club's first goal in 574 minutes.
Having waited so long, when it finally arrived it was simplicity personified. Niall McGinn delivered a free-kick into the box and Hendry was left all alone to plant a header past Doyle with his first touch.

Gary Dicker, who had earlier fired a near-post drive straight at Joe Lewis, sent Kabamba clean through on Lewis as Aberdeen appealed in vain for offside. The striker should have slotted an equaliser, but Lewis spread himself to block.
Wright had seen enough. Having lost Clevid Dikamona to injury in the first half, he made a double change at half-time, with striker Kyle Lafferty on for his debut alongside full-back Aaron McGowan.
The reshuffle seemed to jolt the visitors to life, but Kabamba's decision-making was questionable as he ignored the unmarked Mitch Pinnock to go it alone with a shot that trundled well wide.
Pinnock stung the palms of Lewis as the visitors tried to build up a head of steam, but their pursuit of an equaliser never looked particularly convincing.
Ferguson flashed a drive narrowly past after a neat pass from Florian Kamberi, and McCrorie crashed an effort off the bar as Derek McInnes' men sought the security of a second goal.
They did not get it, but the much-needed win eases pressure on McInnes while deepening Kilmarnock's relegation worries.

Man of the match - Ross McCrorie


The tireless midfielder was integral to Aberdeen's win and unfortunate not to score.

What did they say?

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes:
"My heart sank when Fraser Hornby went off injured - it looks a bad one but hopefully he won't be out too long.
"Callum isn't the biggest but it was a fantastic header and great goal - I'm delighted for him. That first goal was always going to be so important to put adrenaline and confidence in the team. 1-0 is a great result for us and in light of where we've been it's such an important three points."

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
"Disappointed we didn't get something. We deserved a draw, but contributed to our own downfall again and gave Callum Hendry a free header. Second half we had a lot of possession and one or two opportunities.
"There's a lot of plusses in the performance, but I've told them they have to face up to the facts that we didn't defend a situation well. We can't keep making those basic mistakes."

What's next?

Aberdeen are away to champions Celtic next Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Kilmarnock host Dundee United at the same time.

Full time Hibs Accies 2 - 0

Brian Rice claimed referee Craig Napier was convinced to change his mind and send Jamie Hamilton off as 10-man Hamilton fell to defeat by Hibernian at Easter Road.

Hibs made it four Scottish Premiership wins in a row, with Accies playing 78 minutes a man down after Hamilton's lunge at Martin Boyle.
Within a minute Boyle made it 1-0, with Josh Doig adding a second late on.

"It changed the game 100% because I think we were on top," said Rice.
"The referee on the pitch was saying yellow card and someone from the sidelines was saying red card. It's done and dusted, can't do anything about it and I'm not getting myself into trouble."

Despite the one-man advantage Hibs did not get things all their own way and Boyle had a penalty saved in the first half, but eventually made the points safe through Doig's first career goal.

The Easter Road side remain four points clear of Aberdeen in the battle for third place, with Jack Ross' men having a game in hand. Hamilton stay second bottom, one point clear of Ross County, who face Celtic on Sunday.
Since Hibs' last game two weeks ago, Hamilton had played three times. Head coach Brian Rice was worried his players would struggle to maintain the energy levels that secured draws against Rangers and St Mirren and a thumping win over Motherwell.
But the visitors were on the front foot early. Scott McMann had a low shot shot tipped wide before Scott Martin's 25-yard effort was held.
Then Marios Ogkmpoe cracked a shot off a post after a mix-up in the Hibs defence between Paul Hanlon and Doig.

It was a confident start from Accies, but in a nightmare two minutes they were a goal and a man down.
Hamilton lunged into a challenge on Boyle. He did not seem to make a lot of contact, but the referee deemed it dangerous enough to warrant a straight red.
Before the visitors had the chance to adjust, Boyle found space on the edge of the box, exploited a gap, and picked a spot in the far corner past goalkeeper Ryan Fulton.

Now Hamilton were up against it. A bombardment arrived into their box, and they were not helped by Ogkmpoe hobbling off with an early injury.
And it looked like things would continue to go against them when Christian Doidge took a tumble under David Moyo's challenge and earned Hibs a penalty, but Fulton pushed away Boyle's spot-kick.

Hibs' Chris Cadden shot wide when Boyle laid the ball into his path, then was denied by a fine save by Fulton. And the Accies goalkeeper blocked Darren McGregor's effort, too, at the back post as the home side continued to search for a second goal.
And it finally arrived when Boyle took the ball past Brian Easton and by virtue of a deflection got the ball across to Doig to head into an empty net.

Man of the match - Ryan Fulton


Fulton kept his side in the game with big saves, including one from Boyle's penalty.

What did they say?

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"We had to be resilient. I don't think we had as much control of the game as I would have liked but we carried a threat.
"I think we made Ryan Fulton work often enough during the game and we took two of those opportunities really well."

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
"I think it shows where we are that we're disappointed not to get anything from a game at Easter Road.
"To play 78 minutes with 10 men, we kept two men up the pitch at all times and had a go. I'm so proud of the boys - disappointed we got beat but delighted what I got from them."

What's next?

Hibernian host Motherwell next Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Hamilton are not back in action until Wednesday, 3 March when they are at home to St Johnstone (18:00).

Full time Well St Johnstone 0 - 3

There is "no magic fairy to sprinkle dust" on Motherwell, says boss Graham Alexander, after his side were thumped 3-0 at home by St Johnstone.

Motherwell have now lost two games in a row with an aggregate scoreline of 7-1.
And Saturday's insipid showing left them five points behind their Perth opposition in ninth place in the Scottish Premiership.

"We didn't compete at the right level, pass at the right level, run at the right level," Alexander said.
"It's a bad combination when you're going into a competitive game against a good team and we didn't show any of the things we needed to win a game of football.
"There's no magic fairy to come and sprinkle dust on us and all of a sudden we're this super, wonderful team. It has to be hard work and commitment. That's real clear and real simple."

Guy Melamed scored twice as the visitors provided the perfect prelude to next Sunday's Scottish League Cup final, with captain Jason Kerr also netting.
The victory nudges the Perth side within a point of seventh-placed Dundee United, who visit Rangers on Sunday.

Shorn of a slew of key players, the hosts were toothless in attack and slapdash in defence, and have lost their past two games with an aggregate scoreline of 7-1.

The first half was near-complete domination, wave after bright blue wave pushing towards the Davie Cooper Stand. Motherwell mustered a single touch in the away box in that grim opening 45.

Shaun Rooney was at the heart of the supremacy, his surging runs up and down the right flank a constant source of pain and it was his guile and graft that set up the opener.
The right-back hoovered up an ambitious cross-field pass from Liam Craig and galloped through the centre before sliding in Melamed, who cut in on his left foot and caressed a glorious strike into the far top corner.
The Israeli, who scored his third and fourth goals of the campaign, is becoming an increasingly prized part of Callum Davidson's puzzle.

Melamed nearly made it two when David Wotherspoon was left unguarded on the left angle of the box and drifted one towards the back post, where the striker was inches away from connecting on the slide.
Rooney volleyed wide after another searching Wotherspoon delivery. Motherwell gave up the ball in midfield and off went Craig, scurrying away from Liam Kelly and teeing up Ali McCann, who bent across the face from right of centre. Then it was Kerr who headed over from a corner.

In amongst it all, flat-lining Motherwell showed the merest flicker of a pulse. Liam Polworth rasped one from range but Zander Clark was comfortably equal to it.
In the last act of the half, with Motherwell reeling, Kerr drove the dagger between home ribs. Craig's fabulous 25-yarder thundered back off the bar and Chris Kane followed up with a header that fell to Rooney a couple of yards out.
The defender may very well have been offside, and he too could only nod on to the woodwork. The officials played on, Motherwell could not clear, and Kerr made them pay, rifling low past Kelly.

Davidson's men began the new half as they started the first. Wotherspoon shimmied clear again and whipped narrowly wide. Then Kane was sent sprawling by Polworth and Melamed coolly plundered his second from the spot.
The final throes were more even, but by then the game was emphatically won. Motherwell finished with just one shot - the long-ranger from Polworth. Graham Alexander has big problems and little time in which to fix them.

For Davidson, this was the dogged, stylish and ruthless performance he craved, eight days before his team tackle Livingston in a wide-open cup final.

Man of the match - Shaun Rooney


Rooney is one of Scotland's form players - defensively sound, his barnstorming runs, power, aerial prowess and deliveries are hugely important to St Johnstone.

What they said

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"There are some big players [missing] that are a big part of our team and what we've done recently but do we use that as an excuse and stand behind it, or do we actually stand up and take responsibility? Because when I looked, we had 11 players, they had 11 players. It's not an excuse.
"For the team we put out, I still expected better. Collectively - and I include myself in that - we weren't good enough. We have to use it as a reality check and make sure it doesn't happen again."

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"If we play two strikers, Guy is one of the first names on the team sheet. When we play with one, it's difficult for him. He's getting to know Scottish football better and his contribution in the last three or four games has been brilliant.
"I can only pick 11 players for next week, but we've come through today's game with three points. One little niggle to David Wotherspoon - hopefully he'll be okay for next week."

What's next

St Johnstone have an exhilarating Hampden date with Livingston next Sunday (14:00 GMT), a final that is fiendishly hard to call. Motherwell travel to St Mirren on league business on Wednesday (18:00).

Full time Buddies Livvy 1 - 1

Both managers were satisfied with a draw as St Mirren and Livingston consolidated their top-six places in a weather stricken affair in Paisley.

The visitors led early after a series of ricochets culminated in Conor McCarthy diverting into his own net.
But St Mirren equalised courtesy of a superb curling Cammy MacPherson effort.

"All in all a point was fair but the conditions were horrendous." said St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin

Livingston manager David Martindale echoed that assessment saying: "I'd take a point away from home all day long. It's one less game that St Mirren have got to catch us so it's not a bad result."

That ensured Jim Goodwin's side move a point clear of Dundee United after the same number of games, while League Cup finalists Livingston stay fifth.

Both sides did well to create an entertaining contest in difficult conditions in Paisley.
Livingston started brightly and looked back to their savvy best, opting to bypass the difficult terrain with some testing balls over the top and crosses into the box.
Craig Sibbald had the best of the opportunities for the away side with a low long-range drive that was well saved by Jak Alnwick but the keeper was helpless as McCarthy put through his own net after Sibbald's free-kick was headed off the defender by Richard Tait.

St Mirren slowly grew into the game and began to put some neat sequences together. MacPherson was involved throughout, driving his team on, and also had a strike sting the fingers of Robby McCrorie.
Soon after MacPherson lit up the game with a moment of pure quality. Jon Obika held up play well before laying off to MacPherson, who latched on to the ball and unleashed a stunning effort off his weaker foot.

Both teams adjusted formations at half-time and began to cancel each other out, the conditions now severely affecting play, no more so than when a Jason Holt corner nearly curled directly in.

St Mirren, though, had the best of the sporadic second-half opportunities with shots from Kyle McAllister, Ilkay Durmus and Tait all blocked well by the away side.

Man of the match - Cammy MacPherson


MacPherson capped off an excellent performance with his first goal of the season.

What they said

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"If there's ever an argument for summer football this game was it, it was terrible. We probably didn't take advantage of the wind in our backs in the first half.
"All in all, a point was fair but the conditions were horrendous."

Livingston manager David Martindale:
"I never gave the boys enough credit in the first half. For the first 10 minutes of the game, we couldn't get out of our own half due to the weather.
"I don't think the rain stopped since we arrived at the stadium so I think on the balance of play a draw is probably a fair result. But I do think we made the better chances throughout the game."

What's next?

St Mirren face Motherwell at home on Wednesday (18:00 GMT), while Livingston prepare for the League Cup final against St Johnstone next Sunday (14:00).

Full time Rangers D Utd 4 - 1

Steven Gerrard will not get "carried away too soon" despite Rangers now needing just seven points to win the Scottish Premiership.

The Ibrox side recovered from a slow start to beat Dundee United 4-1, before Celtic lost at Ross County.
Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent established an interval lead, Joe Aribo added a third, then Benjamin Siegrist's clearance cannoned in off Alfredo Morelos.

Borna Barisic missed a penalty before Marc McNulty got a late consolation.

Both Rangers and Celtic have eight league fixtures left and the Ibrox side have an 18-point lead.
That means, Gerrard's side would guarantee the title with a draw in the Old Firm game on 21 March should they win their next two games.
They could even clinch the title as soon as 6 March, if Celtic lose to Aberdeen next weekend.

"I think it is normal to think [about winning the league]," said the manager before Celtic's defeat. "I don't think there is any harm to think. But the one thing I won't do is get carried away too soon.
"We have got to finish the job. The opportunity is there for us but we have won nothing yet.
"The main thing that has pleased me at the moment is that the players are really in the zone. I can see the focus, I can see the determination."

Micky Mellon's United are a point off sixth-placed St Mirren, who have a game in hand, but might have overtaken them had they taken their chances at Ibrox.
Lawrence Shankland missed the best of them, shooting at Allan McGregor after being played in following a fine move, and Louis Appere was also denied by the goalkeeper shortly afterwards.

Rangers, without injured captain and top scorer James Tavernier, responded and Aribo's bending shot gave Siegrist the chance to impress with a touch wide.

Steven Gerrard went to his bench as early as the 27th minute with Glen Kamara taking over from Ryan Jack and McGregor kept his side on terms again by beating away Appere's powerful drive.
United had enjoyed the better of it, but Rangers grabbed the lead as Aribo patiently probed on the left edge of the box before Hagi's flick diverted his shot and wrong-footed Siegrist.

A second goal followed within three minutes. Barisic's cross was headed up by Leon Balogun and Kent's strike came off the unfortunate Ryan Edwards to again leave Siegrist helpless.

Two deflected goals and the tide had turned. Steven Davis volleyed wide before Siegrist denied Morelos at close range with a stunning save, the striker also unable to force in the rebound.
And Aribo got the goal of the game three minutes into the second period, playing a one-two with Morelos on the left and thundering a shot into the opposite corner.

Morelos came close with a header but did find the net somewhat unintentionally when Siegrist's panicked clearance cannoned back off him and flashed into the net.
But Siegrist redeemed himself by parrying away Barisic's spot-kick after Jeando Fuchs was penalised for a challenge on Morelos.

Defender Jack Simpson made his Rangers debut as a replacement for Filip Helander but would not be part of a clean sheet.

Substitute McNulty exchanged passes with Shankland and swept a low shot past McGregor to become the second visiting player to score a league goal at Ibrox this season.

And 16-year-old defender Kerr Smith made a late debut appearance off the bench for United.

Man of the match - Joe Aribo


An assist (pictured) and a goal made for a fine day's work for the Rangers midfielder.

What did we learn?

Rangers played most of Thursday's 4-3 Europa League win over Royal Antwerp without Tavernier and so how the team would function in the marauding right-back's absence was not a complete mystery.

Stand-in Balogun showed his attacking credentials at the second goal and was solid defensively.

Off the back of two wins, United's confidence was evident in the first half and they performed with ambition in the opening half hour without taking any of the good chances they created.

A top-six finish in their first season back in the top flight remains a target, albeit games with Aberdeen and Celtic in their next three will make it a tough task.

What did they say?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
"I think it is normal to think [about winning the league]. I don't think there is any harm to think. But the one thing I won't do is get carried away too soon. We have just got to finish the job off.
"The opportunity is there for us but we have won nothing yet. The main thing that has pleased me at the moment is that the players are really in the zone. I can see the focus, I can see the determination."

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"if you create that number of chances, you have to take them, simple as that. Rangers have players worth millions and they're going to punish you at some stage.
"But if we perform like today, we will undoubtedly be a force in the Premiership. Standards are getting set all the time and we set a new one today."

What's next?

Rangers play the home leg of their last-32 tie with Royal Antwerp on Thursday (17:55 GMT). Dundee United visit Kilmarnock on league business on Saturday (15:00).

Full time Ross County tims 1 - 0 no match report

And the SPL table after week 29



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