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RANGERS are on the verge of finally ending a decade of injury and agony after a 3-0 win over St. Mirren put Steven Gerrard’s side within reach of the title.
Gerrard and his players however, had to fight their way past thousands of fans to Ibrox, ignoring the lockdown rules, to celebrate their club’s impending coronation as local kings.
And the undefeated light blues didn’t let their expectant believers down when Ryan Kent , Alfredo Morelos – who now has 15 for the season – and Ianis Hagi made sure they took their 28th win in 32 games this season.
The Rangers might even get their hands on a trophy that they last won 2011 before they were forced to retire from the third division on Sunday due to a financial collapse when Celtic slipped to Dundee United.
If not, the Ibrox support can step up g look forward to the dream scenario of finally ending the dominance of their bitter rival in Parkhead when they leave for the Hoops Patch on March 21st.
On the sixth anniversary of the coup in the boardroom, in which Dave King and the three bears die Taking control, Gers support took to the streets to announce the long-awaited return of the cutlery. The Scottish government condemned their breach of Covid-19 rules, but even contempt for Holyrood would set the mood The cheers did not dampen.
Most of the fans had already disbanded at the beginning of the game, but a small portion stayed in the hope of catching a glimpse of their heroes through the gates at the east end of the main stand. </ And it only took 14 minutes for the sounds of their cheers to pour into the stadium when Gers started the party.
Ilkay Durmus cut a cross from Glen Kamara, but his clearance was aimed directly at Connor Gold son, who immediately puts the buddies under pressure again with a first pass in Kent’s feet. The former Liverpool player faked just before he left Jake Doyle-Hayes as he drilled a stunning finish past former Gers keeper Jak Alnwick.
It was the early breakthrough Gers had hoped for, but a tough one Slap for St. Mirren’s top 6 ambitions as they could have achieved their highest result since 1985 by repeating the Betfred Cup surprise in December.
But for Jim Goodwin’s men, it was within two Minutes worse when Gers made it to two.
Hagi worked the ball 20 yards from Kamara while the Finnish midfielder scored a through pass for Morelos.
The Colombian ran away from the goal but found the purchase nonetheless on the ball for a brilliant finish that overtook Alnwick before closing the far post for his eighth goal in the last eleven games.
Dylan Connolly could have given Saints a lifeline as he put his foot down s He tried to shoot past Filip Helander, but could only get his shot wide, while Rangers defender Goldson saw a header crawl as he hit Borna Barisic’s teasing set piece.
But the points Gers with One hand on the League Cup were sealed just a minute into the second half.
Joe Aribo let go of Kent on the left and his pass was perfect for Hagi, who only needed a touch before he could get past the helpless Alnwick.
Rangers fans outside Ibrox ahead of today’s victory over St. Mirren.
Gerrard, who watched from the director after meeting John Beaton in Livingston during the week, smiled contentedly and knew that his long wait for a first championship title was almost over.
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The Rangers were on their way to their 30th goal in 45 games this season, but needed Allan McGregor to get a good one-handed reaction stop when Jon Obika spun a loose ball towards the top corner.
Alnwick was also in good shape, playing late with Scott Arfield and Jermain Defoe, but Gers might care less as the long wait to return to the top of Scottish football is almost over.
Videos from the gathering of pre-game fans were shared on social media after The Blues Brothers Rangers and Linfield FC fan group posted videos of the gathering on Twitter.
One member of the group told PA News Agency: « These are scenes of joy .10 years of almost full pain and seeing our rivals win the lottery ticket was hard to bear. It’s a scene of relief to stop the 10 in a row.
« We’d be expecting the celebration chances are greater when the Rangers officially win the title, whether tomorrow or two weeks against Celtic. «
The Twitter user @rangersnt from Glasgow was also there and said: » Excellent scenes, it was so long ago since we won the league we don’t want to miss any of the greatest moments in our history Celebrate our teams’ achievements and Steven Gerrard brings us back to where we belong. “
When asked about the restrictions on coronaviruses, he said: » It’s up to you and how you feel in the current situation. «
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