Rangers keep title dreams alive with comeback win against ten-man Kilmarnock

Ben Davies celebrates his first ever Rangers goal
Ben Davies celebrates his first ever Rangers goal -Credit:PA

Rangers fought back from behind to defeat ten-man Kilmarnock at Ibrox to keep their title dreams alive.

Killie stunned the Govan crowd by taking an early lead as Matty Kennedy's effort across goal bizarrely deflected off James Tavernier and into the back of the net. But the visitors were left reeling ten minutes later when they were reduced to ten men after defender Joe Wright diverted Dujon Sterling's goal-bound shot off the line with his hand.

David Dickinson was summoned over to the monitor as Gers were denied an equaliser and the whistler quickly pointed to the spot and reached for his top pocket to send Wright for an early bath - sparking debate amongst BBC pundits.

Skipper Tavernier had the chance to make amends for his earlier own goal but the penalty specialist missed his FIFTH spotkick of the season as Will Dennis produced a brilliant save to turn it around the post. After several VAR stoppages, eight minutes of stoppage time were added on and Fabio Silva made it count by dragging the Light Blues level at the back post with the last kick off the half.

It was a devastating blow for Derek McInnes, who had to sacrifice main playmaker Danny Armstrong for Robbie Deas following Wright's sending off. Rangers dominated the second-half and were rewarded when sub Ben Davies marked his first league appearance since October by bundling the ball home from close range to net his first ever goal for the club.

Fellow sub Tom Lawrence then put the game beyond doubt shortly after when he turned Lewis Mayo inside out before rattling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. The Light Blues chased more goals as they attempted to cut the goal difference with Celtic, who are three points and five goals clear, and did so when John Souttar headed home from close range to make it 4-1.

The victory sets Rangers up nicely for next week's must-win Old Firm derby at Parkhead and denies Celtic the chance to wrap up the title against their bitter rivals. A victory for the Hoops, though, would all but seal the championship as they'd be six points clear with two games to play. On the flip side, a first derby win of the season would reignite Rangers' Treble bid and bring the title race down to the final day on May 18.