Borna Barisic scored his first Rangers goal to give ’s side a workmanlike win over a stubborn St Mirren in Paisley.

The Croatian left-back, restored to the side after the midweek draw with Legia Warsaw, curled in a free-kick just short of the hour mark.

It was reward for Rangers’ dominance of possession but a reflection of St Mirren’s ability to deny them chances.

The Buddies, though, failed to test Allan McGregor in the Rangers goal.

Rangers move three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table ahead of holders hosting Hearts in the afternoon kick-off.

St Mirren have now not beaten the Ibrox side in 10 meetings, losing the last four.

More to follow.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 2McGinn
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 5McLoughlin
  • 3WatersBooked at 58mins
  • 8Flynn
  • 16Foley
  • 7Magennis
  • 10AndreuSubstituted forMullenat 84′minutes
  • 11DurmusSubstituted forMcAllisterat 45′minutes
  • 9ObikaSubstituted forMoriasat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 14McAllister
  • 15Baird
  • 18Mullen
  • 19Morias
  • 23Djorkaeff
  • 24MacPherson
  • 26Lyness

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 5HelanderBooked at 85mins
  • 31BarisicBooked at 59mins
  • 17Aribo
  • 8Jack
  • 18Kamara
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forKingat 84′minutes
  • 9DefoeSubstituted forMorelosat 75′minutes
  • 22JonesSubstituted forDavisat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Edmundson
  • 10Davis
  • 13Foderingham
  • 16Halliday
  • 20Morelos
  • 29King
  • 32Hastie
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
7,332

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Attempt saved. (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Delay in match because of an injury Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Attempt saved. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren).

Glen Kamara (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul McGinn (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Booking

Filip Helander (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Junior Morias (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Filip Helander (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Daniel Mullen replaces Tony Andreu.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andy King replaces Scott Arfield.

Delay in match because of an injury Gary MacKenzie (St. Mirren).

Attempt saved. (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Junior Morias (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Glen Kamara.

Junior Morias (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Filip Helander (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. replaces Jermain Defoe.

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Steven Davis replaces Jordan Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Junior Morias replaces Jonathan Obika.

Sam Foley (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Aribo (Rangers).

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Aribo (Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Jones (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Borna Barisic (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 0, Rangers 1. Borna Barisic (Rangers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Calum Waters (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calum Waters (St. Mirren).

Jermain Defoe (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Filip Helander.

goal

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