Rangers pull off a win

Date Published: 
1998-03-28
Source: 
BBC

Rangers proved they could do without Paul Gascoigne after they pulled off a win that left their supporters with more grey hairs.

Ally McCoist twice put the visitors ahead, but twice defensive slackness enabled Andy Smith to level the score.

It needed a stunning 25-yard strike from Jonas Thern after 68 minutes to edge victory.

It was a flowing and flawed Rangers performance which typified their season.

Three points gained ensures Walter Smith's final season in charge may yet end with a 10th successive title.

Hibs kept alive their hopes of staying in the Premier Division after Tony Rougier netted an injury-time penalty for the second time in two weeks.

Aberdeen looked to have grabbed the points with a superb Eoin Jess second half free-kick.

But the Hibs fans felt vindicated with the equaliser after watching their team dominate the first half with a flurry of attacks.

In the other two matches, a well-taken goal by Owen Coyle saw Motherwell collect three points and ease their relegation worries in a win over Dundee.

St Johnstone put a goal past Kilmarnock to keep alive their hopes of a European place next year.