RECAP: RANGERS 4 - 0 ST. JOHNSTONE
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Maurice Edu and Rangers are very much back in the thick of the Scottish Premier League title chase after dusting off St. Johnstone in dominating fashion at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday.
Edu started and went the distance in a victory that saw two Nikica Jelavic goals bookend strikes from Sasa Papac and Kyle Lafferty.
Coupled with Celtic's shocking loss at Motherwell, Rangers are back to being just five points behind their Old Firm rivals and with two games in hand.
The Light Blues took it to the Saints early and often with Edu indirectly setting up Jelavic's first strike.
The US international, who had been the hero of Thursday's Europa League triumph for Rangers, powered in a shot that was deflected to Jelavic who slammed it home in just the fourth minute.
Then five minutes before halftime, lanky striker Lafferty headed in Gregg Wylde's corner kick and the hosts were up two at the break.
Rangers continued to control the match and tacked on a third in the 80th through Papac who fired in after receiving a nifty backheeel pass from Jelavic.
The Croatian closed things out in the second minute of second half stoppage time with his second goal of the game capping off the celebration at Ibrox.
Next up for Rangers is their Scottish Cup replay with Celtic at Parkhead on Wednesday.