Kenny Miller came to the rescue for Rangers but went from hero to villan after missing a late penalty that proved crucial in the final reckoning as Inverness Caledonian Thistle held on to a vital home point.
Miller's strike from 20 yards out brought Rangers back on level terms after Jonny Hayes scored a spectacular 30-yarder in the first-half. It was a game of two-halves to be fair and both sides squandered a number of chances either side of half-time.
Rangers will thank Allan McGregor for keeping them in the game during the first-half after making a superb block to stop Adam Rooney adding to his 13 league goals. The SPL champions looked lethargic and lacked a spark to cut-open Inverness' resilient defence. Vladimir Weiss created two brief glimpses of goal with two crosses which were almost met by Naismith who looked at his most dangerous arriving late into the box.
Inverness' Jonny Hayes opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with a stunning 30-yard effort which swerved into the top corner leaving McGregor helpless. Rangers keeper McGregor was fuming at the way Hayes drove half-way up the pitch without any challengers and he punished Rangers for that by scoring his fifth goal of the season.
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Rangers creeped back into the game early in the second-half and it was evident manager Walter Smith had some strong words to say in the dressing room.
James Beattie came on at half-time to replace Vladimir Weiss and Beattie made a decent impact with very few chances infront of goal. However, it was his strike-partner that grabbed the headlines with a superb finish on 56 minutes that brought the Gers back into the game after a period of sustained pressure.
From then on, Rangers looked the more dangerous to score but the warning signs were there when Allan McGregor made a super double save to block Rooney and Hayes.
Rangers' best move of the match almost produced a goal when Steven Whittaker had acres of space inside the box and his neat pass across the face of goal was just too heavy for Beattie to net his first goal in a Rangers shirt.
Steven Naismith's decision to try and lob Ryan Esson infuriated the Rangers bench and his team-mates when he had the oppertunity just to roll the ball into the net after Davis had sent him through on goal with a lovely chipped-pass.
Kenny Miller went from hero to villan just eight minutes before the end when his penalty was well-saved from Ryan Esson's standing foot. James Beattie had gone down after little contact from Stuart Duff, but Miller couldn't convert as Rangers had to settle for a draw against 4th-placed Caley Thistle.
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