Kilmarnock 0-1 Rangers RECAP: Tavernier penalty after Millen handball gives Steven Gerrard's side nine point league in Premiership

Steven Gerrard takes the league leaders to Ayrshire today for the only SPFL Premiership match of the day.

Alex Dyer and Steven Gerrard go head to head at Rugby Park in the lunchtime kick-off
Alex Dyer and Steven Gerrard go head to head at Rugby Park in the lunchtime kick-off

Rangers could open up a nine point advantage over second-placed Celtic with a win – but the ‘Gers don’t have a great record on the synthetic surface of Rugby Park.

The home side could leapfrog Dundee United into fifth with a win, and Alex Dyer makes three changes to his side in his search for three points.

Rangers: Get the latest team news, match previews and reports

Rangers: Get the latest team news, match previews and reports

Rangers have made four changes to last week’s winning side who saw off Livingston – and also five changes to the team which defeated Lech Poznan in the Europa League on Thursday. The Ayrshire side have won four of their last six games since they tasted defeat to Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox in late August.

Follow us for all the updates, score and news and reaction from the game at Rugby Park with our matchday live blog.

Kilmarnock 0-1 Rangers: FULL-TIME

Last updated: Sunday, 01 November, 2020, 12:16

  • Tavernier gives visitors lead from spot
  • Ross Millen concedes penalty with handball
  • HT 0-1, FT 0-1

Hello and welcome to The Scotsman’s coverage of today’s only SPFL Premiership encounter with league leaders Rangers in Ayrshire to take on Kilmarnock.

It’s an early start and Rangers’ team news is out already

Tributes have continued to be paid to Marius Zaliukas, the former Hearts and Rangers defender who has died, aged 36.

Gentle giant, such a lovely guy

Neil McCann, former Hearts team-mate

You can get a HUGE 12/1 on Kilmarnock to win this lunchtime kick-off (William Hill, SkyBet) while a draw is 5/1 (SkyBet).

Rangers are best-priced 3/10 (William Hill)

Rangers boss addresses Kilmarnock hoodoo - pitch may impact selection

For Steven Gerrard, a trip to Rugby Park must hold about as much appeal as a dental appointment.

⚠️ HALF-HOUR WARNING ⚠️

Kick off is just 30 minutes away

The changes are not back-up players or squad players - they are arguably first-choice players. They’ve got to go and prove that.

Steven Gerrard, Rangers manager

Wealth of attacking options - Morelos, Defoe, Roofe and Itten warm-up.

Kick-off is moments away

Underway at Kilmarnock

Gary Dicker starts the game

Borna Barisic earns a corner from Ross Millen’s block on his cross.

Set-piece sails through the penalty box with no takers

Alfredo Morelos has gone down and requires treatment. There’s no sign of him twisting or being hut but he lies on he field awaiting attention. There looks to be a little move towards his groin as he lays down on the plastic pitch but he’s up again 

12 - Aribo half-volley

Joe Aribo fires just over with a rising strike after a burst from the back by Connor Goldson

They’re really struggling to get any sort of attacking  intent going, Kilmarnock.

Andy Walker, Sky Sports
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