African players abroad WATCH: Dessers scores as Rangers close in on rivals Celtic

Nigerian international Cyriel Dessers was on target for Rangers who defeated St. Johnstone 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night.

The win means Rangers, on 40 points, are now just two points behind leaders Celtic in the 12-team league table and extend their unbeaten run under Philippe Clement to 15 games in all competitions. The 29-year-old Dessers, who took his tally in all competitions to nine for Rangers this season (six goals in 14 league appearances), was on target with a cool finish in the first-half before a James Tavernier penalty doubled the lead in the second-half.

There were five changes from Sunday’s Viaplay Cup final victory over Aberdeen as manager Philippe Clement freshened up his team for this league fixture. Kieran Dowell came in for his first start since August, with John Souttar, Ridvan, Sam Lammers, and Kemar Roofe also joining the starting XI.

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Rangers started at Ibrox with Jack Butland in goal and a back four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar, and Ridvan. John Lundstram was in midfield alongside Dowell and Sam Lammers, while Kemar Roofe was supported in attack by Ross McCausland and Abdallah Sima. The breakthrough did come with 28 minutes played at Ibrox, and it was a well-worked move from the Light Blues.

Connor Goldson played in James Tavernier on the right, with the full-back whipping the ball into the box in search of Dessers. The striker was in a good position to get on the end of the cross and showed composure with a cool left-footed finish through the legs of Dimitar Mitov and into the back of the net for his third goal in four games.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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