If the County game was an example of the team winning without playing well then this match took it to ridiculous lengths. Having fallen behind to an early Lewis Stevenson goal, Rangers were battered by the Easter Road side for the next 30 minutes. Neil Lennon’s men couldn’t make their domination count and a one-two sucker punch in five minutes before the break from Windass and Morelos proved to be enough to gain a fourth consecutive league success.
Rangers 1 - 3 St Johnstone; Sat 16 Dec
Rangers fail to keep the winning run going with a listless home performance against Saints as the visitors grab their first victory at Ibrox since 1971. Despite opening the scoring through Alfredo Morelos just five minutes in, the hosts are quickly pegged back by a Blair Alston stunner, before Denny Johnstone and Graham Cummins netted in the space of ten second-half minutes to ensure the points were going back to Perth.
Kilmarnock 2 - 1 Rangers; Sat 23 Dec
Things go from bad to worse as Rangers fall in the final 15 minutes to lose Graeme Murty’s first match as permanent manager after the coach was given the keys to the castle until the end of the campaign. The away side had led at the end of an even first half after Declan John, celebrating his own permanent signing the day before, turned in a low Josh Windass cross. Kilmarnock then dominated after the restart and finally managed to break their opponents’ resolve when Kris Boyd netted twice in the space of three minutes.
Rangers 2 - 0 Motherwell; Wed 27 Dec
Maybe not the thunderous reaction fans were hoping for, but it was still a welcome victory over an out-of-form Motherwell side. It took until the 56th minute for the hosts to open the scoring with Danny Wilson, of all players, unleashing a thunderous effort which crashed into the back of the net. Alfredo Morelos then made sure of the points with his 12th goal since joining the club in the summer.
Having gone into the match praying they wouldn’t be torn apart by their arch-rivals, Rangers supporters left Celtic Park with a feeling of disappointment after the visitors passed up some excellent second-half chances to win the match. James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos were both denied by stunning saves from Craig Gordon, before Morelos failed to hit the target with another opportunity. Celtic had controlled things before the break, so a point apiece was a fair result overall.
Next five games
21/01 Fraserburgh (A)*
24/01 Aberdeen (H)
28/01 Ross County (a)
31/01 Partick Thistle (a)
03/02 Hibs (h)