Rangers 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, October 14th, 2006, 3:00 PM at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 49,494
Referee: Iain Brines
Rangers Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Graham Bayne (71)

Team Managers
Paul Le Guen Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
Letizi
Bardsley
Rodriguez
Papac
Smith
Hemdani
Ferguson
Adam
Buffel
Prso
Sebo
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Ian Black
John Rankin
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo

Bench
Boyd
Novo
N'Diaye
Rae
Hutton
Svensson
McGregor
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Zander Sutherland
Dennis Wyness
Rory McAllister

Substitutions
Boyd -> Prso (59)
Novo -> Rodriguez (73)
Russell Duncan for Craig Dargo (83)
Richie Hart for Barry Wilson (87)

Bookings
Bardsley (68)
Boyd (74)
Ian Black (45)
Roy McBain (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 189 apps -
Darren Dods 84 apps3 goals
Richard Hastings 270 apps2 goals
Ross Tokely 373 apps28 goals
Grant Munro 179 apps5 goals
Barry Wilson 282 apps75 goals
John Rankin 10 apps -
Roy McBain 237 apps13 goals
Ian Black 53 apps1 goal
Craig Dargo 48 apps23 goals
Graham Bayne 73 apps12 goals
Russell Duncan (sub) 194 apps5 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 144 apps16 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 227 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (2008 years 75 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 211 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 227 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (2008 years 75 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 211 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

RANGERS 0-1 ICT

A Graham Bayne goal in the 71st minute was enough to earn Caley Thistle all three points against Rangers. This was Caley Thistle's first win against the Glasgow side in eight attempts. Caley Thistle Historian Ian Broadfoot supplies the official report from Ibrox.

A dramatic first ever win over Rangers for Caley Thistle after a tremendous defensive performance and a Graham Bayne goal on the counter attack.

The Scottish Cup victories over Celtic and Hearts may be the pick of the club’s history but this is right up there with the best – most certainly the club’s best SPL result. The final whistle was greeted with loud cheers from the small away support and boos from those Rangers’ fans who had not left early.

Rangers’ stand-in goalkeeper Allan McGregor was the SPL ‘Player of the Month’ for September but he was still dropped in favour of fit-again Lionel Letizi. The media criticised this change in advance and Rangers’ manager Paul Le Guen must have regretted the decision when Letizi gave away the goal that cost them the points. For Caley Thistle Ian Black came back into the side at the expense of Richie Hart and Liam Keogh missed out through suspension. With Dennis Wyness now fully recovered from his shoulder injury he took a bench spot.

Rangers started at pace and in the first five minutes they had three corners. They rarely found the route to Mark Brown thanks mainly to sterling defending by the back four. Grant Munro in particular was praised by all the media for his fine performance.

Caley Thistle did press towards the Rangers’ goal but mainly on the break. On the half hour mark Caley Thistle were awarded a free kick when Dado Prso fouled Barry Wilson on the right. Wilson played it short to John Rankin and he forced a punch save from Letizi – it fell to Roy McBain’s ‘wrong’ foot and he hit over the bar.

With three minutes of the first half remaining Rangers finally found a way through to Brown but he kept the Inverness side in the game when Thomas Buffel turned, shot on target and Brown saved it with his legs on the six yard line.

A minute later Ian Black was shown a rather soft yellow card which means he has earned a one game suspension.

Half Time: 0-0

The second half was much like the first with the Caley Thistle defence repelling all that Rangers could throw at them. In 58 minutes Buffel nearly managed a shot from a Prso pass but Richard Hastings managed to block it.

Buffel hit over the bar in 62 minutes then in 71 minutes came the defining moment of the game. A break from defence led to Craig Dargo racing through the middle and shooting from 20 yards. It looked a safe catch for Letizi but the reinstated ‘keeper spilled it and Graham Bayne was there to knock it in.

Rangers were shocked but continued to press. Steven Smith hit wide in 79 minutes then captain Barry Ferguson shot over. The home crowd started to leave as they saw no way back for their side. Rangers had a strong penalty claim when Nacho Novo was seemingly fouled with a minute of normal time left – he regained his balance, shot wide and nothing came out of it.

Full Time: 0-1

The final whistle went and Caley Thistle had once more ‘Gone Ballistic’. The fantastic result led to a three-place climb to fifth in the league. A day to savour and another chapter in the remarkable history of the club.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 10 8 1 1 19 6 13 25
2. Hearts 9 6 1 2 16 7 9 19
3. Rangers 10 4 3 3 15 11 4 15
4. Kilmarnock 10 4 3 3 12 17 -5 15
5. Inverness CT 10 3 5 2 11 10 1 14
6. St. Mirren 10 4 2 4 10 11 -1 14
7. Aberdeen 10 3 3 4 9 9 0 12
8. Hibernian 9 3 2 4 11 9 2 11
9. Falkirk 10 3 2 5 6 12 -6 11
10. Motherwell 10 3 1 6 12 16 -4 10
11. Dunfermline 10 2 2 6 8 12 -4 8
12. Dundee Utd 10 1 5 4 8 17 -9 8