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St Mirren vs Rangers. Scottish Premiership.

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St Mirren 0

    Rangers 3

    • F Sakala (26th minute, 48th minute)
    • A Colak (77th minute)

    St Mirren 0-3 Rangers: Fashion Sakala scores twice as Gers sign off with a win

    Match report as Rangers win 3-0 at St Mirren to end Scottish Premiership season on a high; Fashion Sakala nets double before sub Antonio Colak scores third

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    Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between St Mirren and Rangers.

    Fashion Sakala grabbed a double as Rangers signed off on their cinch Premiership season with 3-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley.

    Both teams had little to play for but the Gers attacker was determined to leave a lasting impression on the campaign, scoring following a solo run after 26 minutes before adding a second just after the break with a similar run and finish.

    Fit-again Croatia striker Antonio Colak climbed off the Rangers bench to score a third in the 77th minute as the Ibrox side - consigned to finish runners-up to champions Celtic - enjoyed a comfortable finale to their trophy-less season.

    Boss Michael Beale, who took over from Giovanni van Bronckhorst last November, has already begun the revamp of the squad he hopes can overcome treble-chasing Celtic and Gers supporters will welcome a very different team into the new season - but expectations will remain as high as ever.

    Saints had reached the top six for the first time under the present league format but were without a win in their previous six games.

    Fashion Sakala celebrates after doubling Rangers' lead at St Mirren
    Image: Fashion Sakala celebrates after doubling Rangers' lead at St Mirren

    However, manager Stephen Robinson had stressed the season had been a success and for the last fling, there was a league debut for goalkeeper Peter Urminsky and first starts of the season for midfielder Coalan Boyd-Munce and attacker Lewis Jamieson.

    For the visitors, goalkeeper Robby McCrorie replaced the departing Allan McGregor, with midfielders Ryan Jack and Ianis Hagi and attacker Rabbi Matondo starting.

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    Antonio Colak celebrates after putting Rangers 3-0 up at St Mirren
    Image: Antonio Colak celebrates after putting Rangers 3-0 up at St Mirren

    Buddies defender Ryan Strain went off with an injury after just six minutes and - before he was replaced by Marcus Fraser - Matondo curled a shot from the edge of the penalty area which just escaped Urminsky's left-hand post.

    Sakala's goal came when he took a pass from left-back Ridvan Yilmaz, slalomed across the Saints penalty area past a couple of black and white shirts before his shot struck Paisley defender Scott Tanser and limped over the line. The visiting fans at the other end of the ground seeming to take time before realising the ball was in the net.

    Moments later, McCrorie made a decent save from captain Mark O'Hara's header before the Rangers goalkeeper was caught by Curtis Main as he went for a Jamieson cross, the Paisley forward picking up a booking from referee Matthew MacDermid for his troubles.

    Fashion Sakala celebrates after giving Rangers a first-half lead at St Mirren
    Image: Fashion Sakala celebrates after giving Rangers a first-half lead at St Mirren

    Less than three minutes after the restart, Sakala added a second, again coming in from the left evading tackles and this time his low drive was clean and powerful as the ball sped past Urminsky.

    St Mirren slowly began to work their way into the game, pushing Rangers backwards and giving them some defending to do.

    Beale made a quadruple substitution in the 67th minute, bringing on Adam Devine, Borna Barasic, Scott Arfield and Colak with skipper James Tavernier, Yilmaz, Hagi and Sakala making way.

    James Tavernier and Mark O'Hara challenge for the ball
    Image: James Tavernier and Mark O'Hara challenge for the ball

    The changes did little to repel the Buddies who were working hard to get a lifeline in the game.

    However, after firing a drive wide of the target from outside the box, Colak knocked the ball in from close range, after Todd Cantwell's corner from the right had been flicked on by Nicolas Raskin, before taking the acclaim of the Rangers supporters behind the goal.

    What the managers said...

    St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson:

    "Curtis [Main] is very unlikely to stay," he said. "When you are getting double and triple your money offers in England's League One and Two then you need to just admit that you are not going to get there.

    "Curtis has been absolutely excellent for me, he's been terrific every time he has played and he's earned the right for possibly one big move.

    "Even today he was playing with an injection in his foot and he's given absolutely everything so that's the kind of quality people we have inside this building and I wish him nothing but the best if he moves on."

    Rangers boss Michael Beale:

    "Probably the last five or six weeks have been the busiest I've ever been," he said. "I'm not shocked by anything in the job or demands.

    "I was used to it here before but the added responsibility and added time off the pitch, managing other areas and doing recruitment, it's been busy.

    "I'm glad the end of season is here if I am honest. But we're really in a good place. We're waiting for one or two things to be signed off then we'll start seeing a new Rangers team come together.

    "Albeit, we've got over 90 points this season which, someone will tell me, but I don't think we have done that too often in the last 15 or 20 years. When we have, we generally have won the league.

    "Again, everything is broken at Rangers so I'm looking forward to mending it. That's the perception, I'm not sure if that's quite true.

    "Celtic deserved to win the league this year, they were the outstanding team but our record was a strong one and I believe we'll be adding to a very good team."

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