Scottish roundup: Nico Kranjcar on target as Rangers beat Partick

Rangers fans

Rangers claimed their third win of the season after first-half goals from Niko Kranjcar and Andy Halliday sent them on their way to a 2-0 win at home to Partick Thistle.

Kranjcar played a one-two with fellow midfielder Jason Holt before making room to smack a right-foot drive high into the net. With the pressure removed, Rangers extended their lead five minutes before the end of the first period. Holt picked up a loose ball in midfield and fed Martyn Waghorn, who drove at the defence and set up Halliday to strike low past Ryan Scully. After the interval Alan Archibald’s men missed a gilt-edged opportunity to get back in the match through Chris Erskine. The win moves Mark Warburton’s team up to fifth place.

A 39-year-old man died and 18 supporters were taken to hospital after a coach transporting 36 Rangers fans to the game overturned in East Ayrshire.

Aberdeen moved above Hearts into second place with a commanding 4-0 win at Kilmarnock. The home goalkeeper, Jamie MacDonald, was adjudged to have upended James Maddison by the referee, Willie Collum, with the fans expecting the foul to be called the other way. Adam Rooney tucked the penalty away with 25 minutes played.

Lee Clark’s team looked sleepy as the Dons twice capitalised from set-pieces with strikes from Andrew Considine and Ash Taylor. Rooney sealed the victory with his second goal of the match with 18 minutes remaining. The Dons are now four points behind Celtic.

Liam Polworth’s last-gasp strike rescued a point for Inverness against Hamilton as a 1-1 draw stretched the visitors’ unbeaten run to five games in the Premiership. Hamilton took the lead when Alex D’Acol struck in the 18th minute, but Accies then surrendered an advantage for the second week running.

Martin Canning’s men have won once in the league this season and their chance to add to this was spoiled three minutes into stoppage time when Polworth took possession of the ball, ran inside and fired a low shot into the left corner to earn Inverness a point.

Danny Swanson pulled the strings as St Johnstone won 2-0 at Ross County. The midfielder opened the scoring three minutes before the break, converting a penalty after Chris Kane was hauled down by Jay McEveley. County put the pressure on in the second half, but Kane ran on to a Swanson through ball to seal victory.

A bad day became even worse for the home side when Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce was taken off injured five minutes from the end of the match. In the Championship. league leaders Queen of the South remain two points clear after a 0-0 draw at Dumbarton. Chances were at a premium in the first period and Lyndon Dykes and Jamie Hamill, with a free-kick, came closest to scoring for the Doonhamers after the break. Nearest challengers Hibs host Dundee United on Sunday.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Nial Briggs, for The Observer on Saturday 1st October 2016 18.56 Europe/London

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