Rangers 1-1 Kilmarnock: Stewart strikes at Ibrox

Rangers 1-1 Kilmarnock: Stewart strikes at Ibrox

in Match Reports October 31, 2018

Killie emerged from Ibrox with a well-earned point after Greg Stewart struck to secure a 1-1 draw.

Stewart made the most of his good fortune as the ball fell to him in the box and he curled a lovely effort past the diving Wes Foderingham.

The goal, which came after 15 minutes, was well timed after Alfredo Morelos had given the home side the lead after just nine minutes with a deflected shot.

Kirk Broadfoot, Gary Dicker, Jordan Jones and Chris Burke returned to the team following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hamilton.

Rangers were searching for a reaction to their 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final loss to Aberdeen and they flew out the traps with Morelos seeing his shot hit a Killie defender to deceive Jamie MacDonald.

It was the seventh match in a row where Killie had lost the first goal but it didn't faze the team as they hit back quickly.

Stewart, deployed as the loan striker, found a pocket of space and with a kind bounce of the ball he unleashed a fine curling effort to give Foderingham no chance.

Midfield duo Alan Power and Gary Dicker had to remain disciplined along with Kirk Broadfoot as all three collected bookings in the first 45 minutes and they did so with aplomb. 

James Tavernier struck the crossbar in the final minute of the first half and Morelos tested MacDonald with another testing effort from distance.

The Killie goalkeeper lept into the air to palm a Connor Goldson header out while Andy Halliday tried his luck with a tame shot.

Both teams switched things up in a bid to make a real breakthrough in the game but a combination of slack play and good defending ended many decent opportunities.

As five minutes of injury time flashed up on the board, Stewart almost won the match for Killie but Foderingham was able to get enough on the strike to force a corner as the travelling Killie fans celebrated extending our unbeaten run to six games.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell (McKenzie), Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor; Power, Tshibola, Dicker, Burke (Ndjoli), Jones (Enobakhare), Stewart  

Att: 49, 279