Rangers edge to win over Motherwell after deflected Dessers goal

Dessers diverted Rabbi Matondo’s strike past Liam Kelly to give Rangers all three points at Ibrox.

Rangers edge to win over Motherwell at Ibrox after deflected Dessers goal SNS Group

Rangers secured their third win in a row with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell at Ibrox.

A first-half goal from Cyriel Dessers proved enough for the Glasgow side to see off Motherwell and end their long unbeaten record on the road.

The Nigerian striker netted against the run of play in the 24th minute when he diverted Rabbi Matondo’s strike past keeper Liam Kelly.

Rangers had chances to extend their lead but faced several anxious moments in the closing stages as Oli Shaw and Blair Spittal in particular came close for the Steelmen.

It was Motherwell’s first cinch Premiership defeat in nine away matches since Stuart Kettlewell took charge in February.

Despite the victory, which sent Ranges above Motherwell into third place, the full time whistle was met with a smattering of boos from a frustrated home support.

The win came at a cost for Rangers as Matondo went off injured in the first half after twice going down with no-one near him.

Rangers were also missing Tom Lawrence after the attacking midfielder was sent for a scan on the problem that forced him off during Thursday’s Europa League win over Real Betis, joining Danilo, Nico Raskin, Todd Cantwell and Kieron Dowell on the sidelines.

Motherwell made the brighter start and they had several half-chances to take the lead. Harry Paton and Callum Slattery both curled just wide and Brodie Spencer forced Jack Butland to make a diving save at his near post.

There was another scare for the home team when Lammers diverted a Motherwell free-kick into his own goalmouth but Connor Goldson beat Bevis Mugabi to the ball to head over for a corner.

Rangers scored from their first real effort at goal. Matondo got a chance to shoot from 20 yards and Dessers diverted the ball over Liam Kelly’s dive for his third Rangers goal.

Lammers soon had a shot before Matondo eventually went off. The winger was replaced by centre-back John Souttar as Beale matched up with Motherwell’s formation.

Motherwell had a penalty claim in stoppage time when James Tavernier held off Spencer as the wing-back tried to reach Theo Bair’s flick-on but referee Alan Muir played on and there was no delay when the ball went out of play.

Kelly denied Dessers and then Lammers as Rangers broke but Motherwell came back into the game after Shaw joined Bair up front. The pair combined for an excellent chance but Butland saved well from the substitute.

Beale handed 16-year-old Bailey Rice, a former Motherwell academy player, his home debut in the 78th minute in a midfield role.

Motherwell came even closer when Spittal played a one-two with Slattery and beat Butland only for Tavernier to clear off the line.

Shaw’s volley was then charged down and Goldson cleared off the line from Spittal, although the flag went up afterwards, and substitute Conor Wilkinson forced two saves before the full time whistle.

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