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Rangers, St Johnstone in Ibrox stalemate

Press AssociationPress Association 26/10/2016 Andy Newport

Rangers have let the chance to move up to third place slip through their hands as they were held to a 1-1 draw by St Johnstone at Ibrox.

Tommy Wright's side handed Mark Warburton his first ever defeat as Gers boss in a League Cup clash last year.

And they caused the Light Blues more frustration when Blair Alston curled home an impressive early opener.

Gers were looking to bounce back after losing Sunday's Betfred Cup semi-final clash with Celtic by grabbing the win which would see them join second-placed Aberdeen on 18 points.

But all they could muster was Joe Garner's equaliser late in the first half as they had to settle for a point which keeps them in fifth, two behind Wright's team.

Gers freshened up their line-up after their Hampden disappointment, with Wes Foderingham restored in goal and Garner, Harry Forrester and Michael O'Halloran forming a new-look attack.

Saints, though, were forced into a late shuffle as Murray Davidson pulled up in the warm-up, with Chris Millar taking his slot.

Forrester came close to making an immediate impact as he forced Zander Clark into a diving stop just four minutes in.

But it was Foderingham who was picking the ball out of his net 60 seconds later after a blunder by fullback Lee Dodson.

The Northern Irishman had performed well after being given a surprise start against the Hoops but took his eye off the ball as he set himself to clear his lines.

That moment of hesitation allowed Alston to pinch the ball before sweeping a fabulous looping strike into the top corner.

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