Joe Aribo Scores Stunner As Rangers Run Riot At St Mirren

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Kemar Roofe hit his first hat-trick for Rangers in a 4-0 win at St Mirren that closed the gap on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic on Sunday.

Roofe struck twice in the first half and completed his treble after the interval before Joe Aribo wrapped up the scoring.

It wasn’t all good news for Rangers boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, who lost John Lundstram and Filip Helander to injury.

Second placed Rangers are six points behind Celtic, who remain firm favourites to end their Glasgow rivals’ reign as champions.

The Old Firm foes clash in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park next Sunday.

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Before that, Rangers take on Braga in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final at Ibrox on Thursday looking to overcome a 1-0 deficit.

Van Bronckhorst made a host of changes ahead of the Braga clash, but Rangers still went in front after just two minutes.

Ryan Kent crossed for Roofe to glance his header from eight yards past Saints keeper Dean Lyness.

Rangers were well on top throughout the half and Aaron Ramsey’s powerful effort hit the crossbar.

The visitors struck again on the stroke of half-time as former Leeds striker headed home from James Tavernier’s cross.

Roofe sealed his hat-trick in the 50th minute when he met a Fashion Sakala cut-back with a composed finish past Lyness.

A swift Rangers break in the 70th minute saw Sakala roll in Amad Diallo for an easy chance but he missed the target before Lyness denied Tavernier from close-range.

Six minutes later, Aribo swivelled 20 yards out and curled his shot over Lyness.

AFP

UCL: Efe Ambrose’s Celtic to face Barcelona tonight

Nigeria international, Efe Ambrose was amongst the players of Scottish Premier League champions; Celtic who flew to Camp Nou from Glasgow airport yesterday for today’s showdown against Catalan giants Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round which will resume today.

Celtic currently sit second in Group G behind Barcelona.

The Nigerian international has been in top form in preparation for the Scottish side’s Champions League encounter and it would also be recalled that Ambrose’s goal was part of what sealed the AFCON 2013 for Nigeria against Liberia after the latter was beaten 6-1 in the final round in Calabar  and after the National showdown his form continued as he his debut goal for Celtic in the 5-0 thrashing of St Mirren during the last weekend.

The former Bayelsa United has reiterated his interest in the games against Barcelona as he believed that his form will be tested further to know where he is lacking.