No goals at Ibrox
Report of match Rangers 0 Motherwell 0 played 5th May 2012
It was a tale of what might have been as Motherwell spurned three golden opportunities to break the deadlock in Govan but at least we ended the losing run.
The travelling fans made the best of the afternoon and prepared for next week's final party with a warm up in the Govan corner. Beach balls, sombreros and a few fake fivers were on show as the home fans tried to get behind their team in their last appearance at Ibrox.
Manager McCall was forced into a change from the regular line up as a niggling back problem kept Higdon from the starting line up. As a result, Ojamaa partnered Murphy up front and it was the estonian who had the first shot of the match when he tested McGregor in the sixth minute.
Motherwell seemed to enjoy the big pitch and without the easy option of a long ball to a big striker, we set about the passing game. the players looked confident in possession and comfortable in defence. Our first big chance came when Ojamaa rounded McGregor and reached the dead ball line. Murphy was available on the six yard line but the cut back was too heavy and Rangers survived.
Aluko provided a few thrills from the home support but Randolph had little to do. Just after the half hour we moved the ball from deep defence to the opposition end with around 15 passes. Confidence was growing and we started the second half brightly. Humphrey played his part and on the hour his pace allowed him to take a ball over the top and charge into the area. The move ended with Lasley having a dig from 18 yards but power was lacking.
Ojamaa ignored a foul from Ness (the referee showed a yellow when the move ended) and raced in on goal. He elected not to shoot from eight yards but his squared pass was blocked. This action took place in front of the 'Well fans who couldn't believe that the chance was gone. Hately then has the goal at his mercy but blazed high.
Rangers had their moments too and it seemed that they had snatched it when a headed corner seem goal bound but Lasley cleared on the line.
We had our chances for a famous win but as end of season affairs go it was a fair spectacle. All that remains is next week's end of season party.
|Competition: Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier Date: Saturday, 5th May 2012 Kick off: 12:45 Venue: Ibrox|
||0 - 0||Motherwell
|2||Dorin Goian (Perry 30)|
|41||Rhys McCabe (Bedoya 66)|
|26||Jamie Ness (Little 66)|
|21||Alejandro Bedoya (McCabe 66)|
|32||Ross Perry (Goian 30)|
|34||Andrew Little (Ness 66)|
|24||Henrik Ojamaa (McHugh 84)|
|16||Robert McHugh (Ojamaa 84)|
|Rangers cards shown|
|64 mins||Jamie Ness||Unsporting behaviour|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|75 mins||Shaun Hutchinson||Unsporting behaviour|