Rangers player ratings vs Ross County: Trio of shocking 3's and two 4's in calamitous second half collapse

Philippe Clement’s side conceded three second half goals against the relegation-threatened Staggies to severely dent their title hopes.

Rangers title hopes suffered a damaging blow following a dramatic second half collapse as Ross County recorded their first ever victory over the Ibrox side at the 25th attempt in Dingwall.

Philippe Clement’s men - on their travels for their first away game in six-and-a-half weeks - looked rather lethargic during the opening 45 minutes at the Global Energy Stadium. The hosts, who are fighting to remain in the top-flight once again, created a couple of good opportunities with George Harmon guilty of passing up three chances.

At the opposite end, a combination of some outstanding goalkeeping from Staggies No.1 Ross Laidlaw and Cyriel Dessers’ wastefulness in front of goal told the story of the day.

The visitors led narrowly at the break courtesy of Jack Baldwin’s own goal from a James Tavernier corner, but three goals in a crazy 22 minute spell during the second half for County turned the match completely on its head. Simon Murray equalised two minutes after the restart before Harmon and Josh Sims found a way past Jack Butland to breathe fresh life into the Highlanders battle to beat the drop.

Abdallah Sima had the ball in the net shortly after from a corner, but the on loan Brighton attacker saw his effort chalked off for handball. Todd Cantwell then crashed a powerful effort off the crossbar after receiving the ball around 25 yards out.

Rangers continued to press forward as they desperately searched for a route back into the contest and they were handed a lifeline when referee Matthew MacDermid awarded the visitors a penalty after 89 minutes following a VAR check. Brandon Khela was judged to have accidentally handled the ball and captain Tavernier stepped up to convert his 50th Premiership spot-kick.

And with seven minutes of additional time came a flurry of late chances, with Butland coming up for two corners in the dying seconds and clattering into opposite number Laidlaw to alleviate some of the pressure on County as they stood firm to claim a historic first win over Rangers.

It is the fifth game in a row that Clement’s men have failed to keep a clean sheet to leave them four points adrift of league leaders Celtic as the race for silverware shifted the way of the reigning champions.

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