SPL review

McCoist gets first win

July 30, 2011
By ESPN staff

Steven Naismith grabbed his second goal of the season as Ally McCoist celebrated his first competitive win as Rangers manager with a 2-0 victory at St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League.

Steven Naismith
GettyImagesSteven Naismith celebrates the first goal

Nikica Jelavic was also on target in Perth as the Scottish champions went some way to making amends for last week's draw with Hearts and the reverse against Malmo in Tuesday's Champions League qualifier at Ibrox.

Rangers will now hope this win provides a much-needed boost ahead of their trip to Sweden this coming week where they must overcome a 1-0 deficit to keep alive their hopes of a place in the group stages.

Garry O'Connor netted a last-gasp goal to clinch Hibernian's first win against Inverness - at the 10th attempt. The striker scored deep into stoppage-time at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to secure a 1-0 win, leaving Inverness at the bottom of the SPL as the only team with no points.

Inverness' Gregory Tade and Hibernian's Ian Murray both had goals ruled out for offside, while Greg Tansey hit the post late on for Inverness when both sides searched for the winner.

Livewire Nigel Hasselbaink scored on his home debut as St Mirren defeated Aberdeen 1-0. After missing two shooting opportunities and a free header at the end of the first half, Hasselbaink slotted in his first Buddies goal after 50 minutes following his summer move from relegated Hamilton.

Cammy Bell's fingertip save from Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings earned Kilmarnock a point in an entertaining but goalless clash at Rugby Park. Jennings' shot looked destined for the top corner just after the restart but Bell threw himself to his left to tip it away.

Both sides produced some excellent passing moves with Motherwell edging possession but a clinical edge was missing.