Rangers 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, October 30th, 2010, 3:00 PM at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 43,697
Referee: Iain Brines
Rangers Inverness CT

Maurice Edu (11) Eric Odhiambo (81)

Team Managers
Walter Smith Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
Allan McGregor
Kirk Broadfoot
Madjid Bougherra
David Weir
Sasa Papac
Steven Davis
Maurice Edu
Lee McCulloch
Vladimir Weiss
Kyle Lafferty
Kenny Miller
Ryan Esson
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Kevin McCann
Russell Duncan
Johnny Hayes
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Stuart Duff
Adam Rooney
Richie Foran

Neil Alexander
Richard Foster
Steven Whittaker
John Fleck
Steven Naismith
Rory Loy
Kyle Hutton
Jonny Tuffey
Stuart Golabek
Roy McBain
Gavin Morrison
Eric Odhiambo
Shane Sutherland
Dani Sanchez

John Fleck => Vladimir Weiss (46)
Steven Naismith => Maurice Edu (46)
Eric Odhiambo for Kevin McCann (72)
Shane Sutherland for Adam Rooney (90)

Lee McCulloch (76)
David Weir (84)
Richie Foran (25)
Grant Munro (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 82 apps -
Ross Tokely 528 apps34 goals
Kevin McCann 6 apps1 goal
Grant Munro 341 apps13 goals
Nick Ross 25 apps1 goal
Johnny Hayes 56 apps13 goals
Stuart Duff 10 apps -
Graeme Shinnie 10 apps -
Russell Duncan 334 apps10 goals
Richie Foran 64 apps19 goals
Adam Rooney 94 apps40 goals
Shane Sutherland (sub) 13 apps -
Eric Odhiambo (sub) 47 apps11 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Johnny Hayes (23 years 119 days)
Oldest Player:Kevin McCann (2012 years 92 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 220 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Shane Sutherland (20 years 12 days)
Oldest Player:Kevin McCann (2012 years 92 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 136 days
Domestic Players:18 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Eric's bundle of joy:

Substitute Eric Odhiambo kept Inverness' unbeaten away run going with a late equaliser at Ibrox after Maurice Edu had given Rangers the lead early in the first half with a thumping shot after mis-controlling the ball.  With nine minutes left, Eric Odhiambo bundled the ball home to square the match. Richie Foran and Jonny Hayes spurned great opportunities to take all three points up the A9 and Rangers keeper Alan Macgregor kept the score down with the save of the day from Foran's downward header as Butchers boys looked very accomplished on the big stage.  The late leveller was no more than Inverness deserved after soaking up some first half pressure from the home side, and displayed some attacking options of their own in the second half with Jonny Hayes shredding the defenders at will.

Unbeaten spoiled the Unblemished at Ibrox as Rangers dropped their first points of the season to Inverness.  Rangers were looking to head towards a 112 year record start to the season, and Inverness were looking to preserve a proud unbeaten away record stretching back to the heady days of the first division last November.  Something had to give and it was the Gers faultless start that came to an end.

Rangers lined up with McGregor restored to the gloves, and a back line of Broadfoot, Weir, Bougherra and the unfortunate Papac (more later).  The midfield saw Davis, McCulloch, Weiss and Edu, with Lafferty and the prolific Miller up front.  The visitors started with one change from the Kilmarnock game which meant that McCann replaced Odhiambo and went in at right back which allowed Stuart Duff to bolster the midfield alongside Russell Duncan.  Youngsters Graeme Shinnie and Nick Ross started and new dad Grant Munro and Ross Tokely were the centre backs. Jonny Hayes (see Papac) and Richie Foran were the providers for a lone Adam Rooney.  Who else but the magnificent Ryan Esson kept goal for ICT and he made a number of important saves blocks and interceptions throughout the game.

By kick off a vocal Caley Thistle support were on their seventeenth rendition of “Caley Thistle Champions”, no doubt aided by the pre-match aperitif’s in Brechins, one of Govan’s finest hostelries, and even the Immortal Howden Ender made it back to Ibrox in time for kick off, this time with his tickets in his pocket.  Hemmed in to the wee triangle in the corner, the four hundredish away fans were creating more atmosphere than 43,000 bears.  Naelifts turned up looking for trouble, but as he pointed out, what’s the problem.

Inverness kicked off in bright sunshine on a lush Ibrox pitch and started the game briskly forcing Rangers onto the back foot.  Just when the away support thought we had settled the better, Rangers broke the deadlock with an unusual goal to say the least.  A probing ball into the edge of the box found Edu in between the defenders, he tried to bring the ball down but missed it, however, to his delight, when he recovered from his embarrassment, the ball was still there, right in front of him and he lashed an unstoppable shot high past a diving Esson into the keepers top left corner.  Brilliant finish, but a somewhat fortuitous break for Rangers, and despair for Inverness who had matched the champions up to that moment.  Rangers were now on the ascendancy and Esson stopped a Miller effort after a brisk run at the Inverness defence.  More home pressure saw Weir and Lafferty head harmlessly wide.  Richie Foran was booked after catching scorer Edu with a tough challenge on the halfway line, the Rangers player failing to shrug off the knock staying in the dressing room at half time, along with Weiss.  With Rangers being unable to shake off Inverness, the visitors grew in confidence and the tricky pocket rocket Jonny Hayes was about to start his own Halloween on the unsuspecting Papac.  As half time approached the Highlanders began to encroach on the Rangers half of the field and this was to be the theme for the second half.  Almost on half time, Adam Rooney smuggled the ball from Weir and almost made them pay for slackness at the back, but the ball broke away from him for a goal kick.

Half Time: Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT.

With the start of the second half, you could sense a change in presence.  Inverness began confidently and Weir and Foran clashed in the box before young Nick Ross saw the headlines in front of him as he lashed a volley wide.  Naismith and Fleck were the Rangers replacements at half time.  The influential Steven Davis came close for Rangers as they looked to kill off the Highland uprising, but as play was now raging from end to end Alan McGregor stole the show with an outstanding save.  Jonny Hayes turned Papac inside out and sat a cross up for Foran to meet as he raced into the box.  His downward header was text book, but McGregor foiled him as he threw an arm upwards to tip the ball over the bar.  From the resultant corner, Foran again looked to score but he shot wide from an angle into the side netting.  Esson tipped a Fleck shot over as the game raged on but it was at the other end that the goal came.  Foran who had come alive in the second half dispossessed Broadfoot and after some neat interplay laid the ball into the box where substitute Odhiambo produced his own bundle of joy as he rolled the ball through McGregor for a deserved equaliser.  Cue a rendition of “that’s why we’re champions” breaking out from the shoehorned Inverness supporters, some who even bared their chests, what a Dude.  No more than Inverness deserved and they could have snatched it at the end had Papac’ Nemesis Jonny Hayes not tried for glory instead of squaring the ball.  Another teasing run saw him drive into the box and from an acute angle he tried to do the difficult thing and curve it into the far corner, however the ball drifted just over.  In a frenetic finish both teams tried to get the winner, but a draw was the final outcome.

Full Time: Rangers 1-1 Inverness CT.

No failures for Inverness.  Grant Munro produced the goods on and off the park and he gets my vote for MoM, ably assisted by Rossco at the heart of the defence.  Jonny Hayes was an absolute star as he mesmerised Papac, who will still be unwinding today.

Great support in midfield and everyone played their part, with Duff being one of the coolest players on the park, and youngsters Ross and Shinnie showing why the future is bright, the future is Caley Thistle.  As I said, no failures, only shining stars, so a Blue Peter Badge for everyone, including the supporters and referee.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 10 9 1 0 26 9 17 28
2. Celtic 10 9 0 1 22 7 15 27
3. Motherwell 10 5 1 4 14 12 2 16
4. Inverness CT 10 4 3 3 14 10 4 15
5. Hearts 9 4 2 3 14 10 4 14
6. Dundee Utd 10 4 2 4 11 16 -5 14
7. St. Johnstone 10 3 2 5 9 13 -4 11
8. Aberdeen 10 3 1 6 14 15 -1 10
9. Hamilton Academical 10 2 3 5 10 20 -10 9
10. Hibernian 10 2 2 6 10 18 -8 8
11. St. Mirren 10 2 2 6 10 20 -10 8
12. Kilmarnock 9 2 1 6 10 14 -4 7