Rangers 2-0 Ross County RECAP: Birthday boy Barker and Tavernier's first half penalty maintain Rangers' place at top of SPFL Premiership

Live updates from the SPFL Premiership match as Rangers look to extend their unbeaten league form with the visit from Stuart Kettlewell's Ross County side visiting Ibrox.

Sunday, 4th October 2020, 8:47 pm
Ibrox Stadium hosts today's action. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Ibrox Stadium hosts today's action. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard stated he wouldn’t make “wholesale changes” to his Rangers team for the visit of seventh placed Ross County to Ibrox. He made four and saw his side win 2-0 with goals from James Tavernier and Brandon Barker.

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

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

His side sat top of the league before today’s two SPFL matches and they end there after gathering three points against Stuart Kettlewell’s side from Dingwall who spurned two second half chances.

Here’s how it all happened this afternoon at Ibrox.

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Rangers v Ross County LIVE

Last updated: Monday, 05 October, 2020, 17:20

  • FULL-TIME: Rangers 2-0 Ross County (Tavernier 17pen, Barker 88)
  • Referee: Greg Aitken
  • Rangers : McLaughlin, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic (Bassey 64), Jack (Hagi 64), Kamara, Arfield, Kent (Davis 82), Jones (Barker 70), Morelos.
  • Ross County : Laidlaw, Draper (Hylton 72), Morris, Gardyne (McKay 82), Charles-Cook, Iacovitti, Tillson, Paton, Donaldson, Stewart, Reid.

Good afternoon.

Ross County are at Ibrox for the final SPFL Premiership match before the international break and we’ll bring you all the build-up to the match as well as live updates as they happen and post-match analysis and reaction.

There’s plenty in this morning’s newspapers with the deadline for transfer moves coming tomorrow.

While we wait for team news from Ibrox, catch up with all the gossip and transfer tales in our rumour mill.

Steven Gerrard has reacted to Anderlecht interest in midfielder Glen Kamara.

The Rangers boss poured cold water on the speculation, as Stephen Halliday reports.

Steven Gerrard reveals Rangers’ Glen Kamara will be offered new deal amid Anderlecht interest

Ibrox boss insists midfielder will definitely not be signing for Belgian club

This afternoon’s match referee is Greg Aitken

Referee Greg Aitken

Betting odds - Best prices and big prices

Rangers are, predictably, heavy favourites for this afternoon’s match.

They’re best priced 1/11 on BoyleSports to take the victory.  33/1 is available for a shock from the viitors on William Hill , PaddyPower and Betfair.

The draw can be backed at 12/1 on Skybet.

McLaughlin returns to the starting line-up, Balogun and Jack also in after coming off the bench in recent weeks

Ross County team news

New signing Jermaine Hylton is on the bench, Ross Draper makes it into the starting line-up after being a pre-match doubt.

Fans react to the line-up

Fans are in a confident mood ahead of this afternoon’s match

'Good to see Jones get a run' Rangers fans react to team to face Ross County

Rangers fans were pleased to see Jordan Jones restored to the starting XI to play Ross County.

When we saw Balogun at Aberdeen, he cruised the game. It’s vital when you lose a player like Helander you have someone who can come in and not disrupt the back-line.

Neil McCann, Rangers TV

For me, if he’s fit ,Balogun is one of the main starters.

Alex Rae, Rangers TV

Match is underway as Ross County take kick-off

Charles-Cook goes close with a dangerous attack from the visitors early on. 

It’s been teeming down in Glasgow over the past few hours and days,  but the sun is now shining over Ibrox.

Commentator's apology

A light-hearted apology prior to kick-off from commentator Clive Tyldesley, responding to criticisim of his pronunication of Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara amongst the viewers and reviewers on social media.

The midfielder’s picture did the rounds with a camera on is head after the game on Thursday night.

10 - Bright start visitors

Charles-Cook has been troublesome for Rangers defence so far this afternoon and County have had a go so far.

16 - PENALTY RANGERS

Coll Donaldson bundles Alfredo Morelos to the ground and it’s a penalty to the home side.

Tavernier strikes the penalty to the goalkeeper’s right and continues his goalscoring form at right-back

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