Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Teams /  Scotland  / Inverness Caledonian Thistle 
Inverness Caledonian Thistle have 6 Fans
 
 
 
 
Rangers' winning run ends as Eric Odhiambo earns point for Inverness
Ewan Murray at Ibrox - 3 years ago

The notion that Rangers would enjoy a routine afternoon did not have any foundation in statistics, both recent and not so. Sometimes, those statistics do not lie. Inverness Caledonian Thistle were the last Scottish team to win at Ibrox, back in March 2009. The Highland side arrived for this game boasting an unbeaten away league record stretching 11 months, and they extended it here with a late equaliser.

Rangers were seeking their own little bit of history by recording what would have been a 10th league win in succession. Not since 1898 have they started a campaign with such a run. Eric Odhiambo's late goal ensured a 112-year record remains intact, the Inverness substitute cancelling out Maurice Edu's opener to maintain his own team's fine start to the season.

A distinctly flat Rangers failed to scale anything like the heights they reached when performing so impressively in their Old Firm victory last Sunday. A vastly improved showing will also be required if even a point is to be gained from Valencia on Tuesday evening. That Champions League encounter, at least, will require the sort of obdurate tactical approach that Walter Smith relishes. Which is the total of the good news the Rangers manager can take after this encounter, with Celtic cutting the defending champions' lead at the SPL summit to a single point.

As is frequently the case from teams in such situations, Rangers only displayed the urgency their support would have expected after Odhiambo's intervention panicked them into a response. Earlier failings were not lost on the Ibrox legions, who demonstrated their anger at full-time.

Edu's afternoon perfectly summed up his Rangers career to date. The US international has shown glimpses of the promise Smith identified when spending in excess of £2m to sign the midfielder from Toronto FC. All too often, though, those flashes have been offset either by poor form or injury.

Edu had actually mis-controlled a Steven Davis pass, but won the break of the ball before sending a fine half-volley beyond Ryan Esson. Moments later, Edu was flattened by the visitors' Richie Foran, a challenge from which he failed to recover, and he was withdrawn at half-time.

The rest of the opening period was instantly forgettable. Inverness had started in a tidy manner, yet without any attacking punch. Smith's belief that Rangers were similarly flat, despite enjoying territorial dominance, was highlighted by the introduction of Steven Naismith and John Fleck from the substitutes' bench.

Inverness believed they were denied a penalty 90 seconds into the second half as David Weir blocked Foran. Terry Butcher's travelling specialists came even closer as Allan McGregor acrobatically tipped a Foran header over the crossbar.

The Rangers response came via Fleck, with a shot smartly saved by Esson, before Kyle Lafferty wastefully shot at the Inverness goalkeeper when his team-mate Kenny Miller was perfectly placed to collect a pass. Lafferty, who can seamlessly flit between brilliant and hopeless, was enduring one of his poorer afternoons.

Odhiambo made Rangers pay eight minutes from time. The former Leicester player slid in to convert a Foran cross, sending Ibrox into mild panic and the visiting contingent into raptures.

Inverness had hardly laid siege to the Rangers goal in search of that equaliser, but the restoration of parity punished the hosts for a blatant lack of urgency. Worse could have come for Smith, had Johnny Hayes not blazed wildly over from a terrific position in front of goal.

Rangers' desperation could not summon a meaningful chance, let alone a winner, which they would scarcely have deserved in any case.

This is not a news report and may contain views expressed by the author which are not supported by GNM.

Share your thoughts
Sign in to comment

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

Newspapers
 
Blogs
 
Podcasts
 
Highland News - 2 weeks ago
The Caley Jags resumed their pre-season programme last night at Highland League side Forres Mechanics (after we went to press), and are set to travel to Elgin City on Saturday as they step up their preparations for next season. Hughes hopes to cast his ...
The 22-year-old played for Hughes at Hibernian, and has featured in the Caley Jags' last two friendly matches as a trialist. Since his time at Easter Road Horner has had spells at Newcastle Benfield and Blyth Spartans, however Hughes is looking to ...
Highland News - 1 day ago
CALEY Thistle defeated Fleetwood Town 2-1 to keep their winning pre-season run going on Sunday. ICT started well against their English League One ... Caley Thistle continued to play neat and tidy football, but only a lack of cutting edge prevented them ...
Highland News - 3 weeks ago
Clach boss Iain Polworth ran the rule over former Caley Thistle and Nairn County player David Watson and he showed up well. The second half also gave the Lilywhites their chance to field keeper Ally Ridgers, another ex-ICT player. It was a case of ...
The Northern Scot - 3 days ago
Duff suffered a career-threatening cruciate ligament injury while with Inverness Caley Thistle. Full story in Northern Scot print version. Report and reaction from Elgin's first match of the season against Stirling on the Northern Scot website on ...
Caley Thistle manager John Hughes insists results are immaterial in the build-up to the new season. Inverness continued their preparations for the new campaign with a 1-0 win against Raith Rovers at Stark's Park, with Ryan Christie's late goal decisive.
Banffshire Journal - 1 week ago
DEVERONVALE will be looking for their first pre-season friendly win tomorrow night (Wednesday), when they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Princess Royal Park (8pm). Held to a 3-3 draw by Elgin City at Princess Royal Park last. Monday night, the ...
The Inverness club has teamed up with Italian based kit manufacturer Errea, who also did the strips for the last campaign and will wear their new home strip for the first time in Sunday's pre-season friendly against Fleetwood Town at Caledonian Stadium.
Highland News - 1 week ago
Another fine Esson save, this time from a Morrison free-kick, ensured Caley Thistle went in at the break with the single-goal advantage. The killer strike came 10 minutes into the second half when Marley Watkins, who scored in the 2-1 weekend win at ...
Highland News - 5 days ago
... berth after finishing fifth in May. He stressed: "We want to improve on what we achieved last year. "It would be nice to reach another cup final and possibly win it, but the chance to push for the top four and push for European football would be ...
   
Kick4Life - changing lives through football