Rangers extend Scottish Premiership lead with win over Kilmarnock

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Rangers extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 21 points with a 1-0 win from Kilmarnock in Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.

An impressive first-half volley from Ryan Jack was instrumental in moving Steven Gerrard’s side closer to his first league title in a decade.

The result saw the Rangers rebound from their disappointing draw against the Hamilton Academical basement boys last time out and maintain their unbeaten league record thus far this period.

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Rangers remain undefeated in the league this season | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

The Gers endured a frustrating first half hour as they struggled to break through a tight Kilmarnock team, first threatening 20 minutes when James Tavernier scored after Cedric Itten’s play; however, the goal was scored offside.

But when the Rangers finally made the breakthrough, it was worth the wait.

Eight minutes before halftime, Jack picked up a fumble 18 yards from goal, controlled with his instep, and sent a thunderous volley that flew over Colin Doyle into Kilmarnock’s goal.

It was the Rangers’ first shot on goal of the afternoon, but the goal brought them to life, Ryan Kent forced Doyle into a fingertip save with an effort from the edge of the penalty area at the half-time break.

The Rangers saw the lions’ possession and pressed for a second in the second half, Kent and Itten bringing in good saves from Doyle.

However, neither side could find a second goal of the game, as the Rangers saw the victory to move 21 points away from Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, although their rivals have two games in hand. The Bhoys travel to St Johnstone on Sunday.

The Rangers return to action on Thursday with the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 against Antwerp, followed by a visit from Dundee United on Sunday. Gerrard’s team only need six more wins to secure their first league title since 2011.

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