Rangers 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, March 31st, 2007, 3:00 PM at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 50,278
Referee: William Collum
Rangers Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Adam (15) Craig Dargo (82)

Team Managers
Paul Le Guen Charlie Christie

Starting Eleven
McGregor
Hutton
Weir
Papac
Murray
Ferguson
Hemdani
Adam
Novo
Boyd
Prso
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
John Rankin
Markus Paatelainen
Graham Bayne
Craig Dargo

Bench
Shinnie
Sebo
Burke
Thomson
McMillan
Ehiogu
Robinson
Ally Ridgers
Stuart McCaffrey
Stuart Soane
Barry Wilson
Zander Sutherland
Rory McAllister
Gary McSwegan

Substitutions
Burke -> Novo (67)
Sebo -> Prso (81)
Stuart McCaffrey for Markus Paatelainen (21)
Barry Wilson for Richie Hart (73)
Gary McSwegan for Craig Dargo (90)

Bookings
Novo (63)
Adam (89)
Barry Wilson (78)

Red Cards
None. Darren Dods (14)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 14 apps -
Ross Tokely 398 apps28 goals
Richard Hastings 294 apps2 goals
Grant Munro 202 apps5 goals
Darren Dods 108 apps7 goals
Markus Paatelainen 7 apps2 goals
Russell Duncan 216 apps6 goals
Richie Hart 151 apps16 goals
John Rankin 33 apps5 goals
Graham Bayne 98 apps16 goals
Craig Dargo 62 apps30 goals
Stuart McCaffrey (sub) 183 apps6 goals
Barry Wilson (sub) 306 apps79 goals
Gary McSwegan (sub) 11 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (28 years 30 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2008 years 243 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 359 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (28 years 30 days)
Oldest Player:Michael Fraser (2008 years 243 days)
Average Player Age:31 years 14 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Craig Dargo reached 30 goals for the Club.

Craig Dargo made a welcome return to the starting lineup and scored the late equaliser that ensured the Caley Jags will finish the season undefeated against Rangers.

It all looked so different in the early stages when Darren Dods was sent off for a 'last man' challenge and Charlie Adam scored from the resultant free kick, but the team regrouped and came away with a point after the late equaliser. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot reports from Ibrox.

RANGERS 1-1 ICT

With two wins already over Rangers this season Caley Thistle were looking for the hat-trick. They did not quite make it but a 1-1 draw at Ibrox with ten men was about as close as it gets.

The Caley Thistle side was shuffled as Grant Munro returned from suspension and Ian Black started a three-game ban. Richie Hart came in for Barry Wilson, Craig Dargo and John Rankin returned to the starting line-up and it was back to the bench for Stuart McCaffrey and Gary McSwegan – in McCaffrey’s case for just 20 minutes.

Not surprisingly Rangers came at the visitors from the start and Dado Prso sent Barry Ferguson through in six minutes - Michael Fraser was up to the task and he blocked well. Prso then went down in the box but penalty claims were ignored by the referee. In 13 minutes Darren Dods departed early for a last-man foul on Kris Boyd and Charlie Adam netted the resultant free kick from 25 yards.

Ross Tokely temporarily moved into the middle of the back four but in 20 minutes Markus Paatelainen was sacrificed for Stuart McCaffrey and there was to be a successful rehearsal of the likely defensive line-up after Dods heads for Tannadice in the summer. Ian Murray took a high ball into the box in 25 minutes but his curling shot went over the bar. As half time approached, Grant Munro headed wide of the Rangers’ goal and a Prso volley went wide at the other end.

Half Time: 1-0

Rangers had chances to extend their lead after the break but an Alan Hutton cross was headed wide by Prso then in 62 minutes Fraser blocked a Boyd effort.

Boyd blasted over from eight yards in 74 minutes and the visitors began to create chances at the Rangers’ end. Alan McGregor tipped over a Russell Duncan effort, a curling ball from substitute Barry Wilson went over the bar then the home fans were stunned nine minutes from time when ICT equalised. Richard Hastings crossed from the left, Graham Bayne played it from the back post across goal and Craig Dargo knocked it over the line from a few yards out. Ibrox began to empty of Rangers’ fans as the reality of two dropped points hit home.

Full Time: 1-1

The whistle went and a happy band of away supporters headed back up the A9. With one game left before the split ICT remain tenth but there is a clear gap between them and bottom clubs St Mirren and Dunfermline.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 32 23 6 3 58 25 33 75
2. Rangers 32 18 8 6 53 25 28 62
3. Aberdeen 32 17 6 9 44 29 15 57
4. Hearts 31 13 9 9 38 30 8 48
5. Hibernian 30 12 7 11 48 34 14 43
6. Kilmarnock 31 12 7 12 42 48 -6 43
7. Falkirk 32 12 3 17 39 41 -2 39
8. Dundee Utd 32 9 10 13 35 51 -16 37
9. Motherwell 31 10 6 15 35 47 -12 36
10. Inverness CT 32 8 11 13 35 44 -9 35
11. St. Mirren 31 5 11 15 23 45 -22 26
12. Dunfermline 32 4 8 20 18 49 -31 20