Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 May 2015

Rangers fail with chance to pile pressure on Celtic

Rangers 1 Dunfirmline 1: Steven Whittaker admits Rangers' draw against St Mirren was doubly frustrating because they knew they were in a position to heap even more pressure on Celtic.

The Scottish champs blew the chance to claim a 10th consecutive Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory when they were held 1-1 by the Paisley club yesterday.

Celtic — already trailing the SPL leaders by 10 points heading into the weekend action — were forced to battle back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw at Kilmarnock earlier in the day.

Whittaker said: “Playing after them, we knew what their result was. We could have stretched it again by another two points but we haven't. It's definitely disappointing. We will look at it and see where we went wrong but, as long as we learn from it, I'm sure we will continue with the wins in the next few weeks again.”

Rangers made hard work of the clash at Ibrox but a Nikica Jelavic strike early in the second half looked like being enough to secure the win.

But Saints stunned their hosts when they hit back deep into injury time through former Light Blues striker Steven Thompson on a day when they did not deserve to end the match empty-handed.

Whittaker felt the recent international break was a factor in the outcome, if not an excuse for the result.

The full-back said: “It wasn't a good performance overall. We were a bit lethargic, a bit off the pace.”

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