The wake-up call for Rangers seemed to come on the half-hour mark. The red-shirted visitors won a corner from a flowing attacking counter attack, Stuart Findlay denying Morelos a crack on goal as the visitors claimed for a tug on the striker’s jersey.
A booking for Alan Power after a flare up with Ryan Kent was as close as Kilmarnock came to offering any resistence. Unbeaten in their last three the revival witnessed under interm manager Dyer looked in danger. No one could guess at half-time how the night was to end.
The decision of referee John Beaton was no free-kick, the ire of the Rangers support behind the goal raised further by another Morelos booking for simulation when the striker tumbled to the ground in the area under pressure from Hamalainen.
They didn’t need the penalty in the end. From the corner Andy Halliday fired a square ball to Arfield outside the area. The finish was both brilliant and quite unstoppable, giving Rangers a precious lead.
With half an hour to play, Kilmarnock were still in the game. And in veteran former Rangers winger Chris Burke they had the game’s best player. The man who did more than anyone to turn the game on its head.
The midfielder almost added another cracker with his left foot moments later, smashing another long range drive narrowly wide of the post.
Within four minutes the other side the Colombian’s enigmatic nature was on show. Racing onto a long James Tavernier up the pitch, the headlong rush from the goal of Killie keeper Koprivec presented an opportunity to lob the ball high from outside the area towards goal.
With 13 minutes to play Rangers claimed a handball against McKenzie as Burke swung a cross into the Rangers area. Headed to the edge of the area, Niko Hamalainen’s thumping volley was going well wide until O’Donnell turned it low into the net past a scrambling and helpless Allan McGregor.
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