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Rangers score 88th-minute winner to close the gap behind Celtic to one point

Another tough afternoon looked on the cards before Alfredo Morelos’ late winner.

Morelos celebrates scoring Rangers' late winner on Sunday.
Morelos celebrates scoring Rangers' late winner on Sunday.
Image: Jane Barlow

ALFREDO MORELOS SCORED two minutes from time as Rangers came from a goal down to beat St Johnstone 2-1 on Sunday and close to a point behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

Steven Gerrard’s men had won just one of their previous four games to fall four points behind their Glasgow rivals with the two sides set to meet at Ibrox on December 29.

Another tough afternoon looked on the cards for the visitors at McDiarmid Park when Matty Kennedy’s rising drive gave St Johnstone the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Gerrard introduced Glenn Middleton for Eros Grezda at half-time and the change helped turn the game as Rangers improved dramatically in the second period.

Middleton’s measured cross picked out Morelos to head home the equaliser 25 minutes from time.

Only Zander Clark in the St Johnstone goal then kept the hosts level as he denied Daniel Candeias and Kyle Lafferty twice with stunning saves.

However, Clark was helpless when Morelos met James Tavernier’s cross to score his 19th goal of the season and maintain Rangers’ chances of going top before the winter break. They face Hibernian on Boxing Day and then Celtic at home.

© – AFP 2018

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