SUBSTITUTE Lewis Morgan fired a last-minute leveler for St Mirren to consign Rangers to their fourth Championship match without a win.
In this, Mark Warburton’s side’s last game outside the top flight, they were behind at half-time to a Calum Gallagher goal before hitting back through Kenny Miller and Jason Holt to seemingly be on course for a much-needed three points, with with almost the last kick of the game, Morgan found the bottom corner from the edge of the area meaning ‘Gers have picked up just two points from a possible 12.
The early stages were rather tentative, with neither side really registering anything of note in the way of efforts on goal, but all of a sudden in the 18th minute, the the visitors burst into life.
Firstly captain Lee Wallace did well to thump an effort at Jamie Langfield after receiving a ball over the top from Barrie McKay, but the goalkeeper was equal to it, and then Martyn Waghorn struck the post after racing into the area, before seconds later curling a shot wide of the left upright having been fed by Gedion Zelalem.
It was much, much more like it from Rangers, and their frequency of chance creation remained high as the half wore on.
Barrie McKay, who has shown his appetite for long-range stunning strikes of late, was close to another, seeing his effort deflected just wide before Jason Holt did well to turn away from a crowd of Saints defenders on the penalty spot although his shot was blocked by Langfield.
At the other end, Wes Foderingham did well to push away a 30-yard Stephen Mallan free-kick from 30-yards down low to his left, but that was just about as good an effort as the home side could manage in the opening period until the ‘Gers goalkeeper almost gifted them the lead.
The recipient of a tough passback from Rob Kiernan, Foderingham tried to control the ball on his chest but his touch was heavy and the ball dropped to Lawrence Shankland whose first-time poke at goal luckily slipped wide for Rangers.
With four minutes to go until half-time, St Mirren then grabbed an undeserved lead with goalkeeper Foderingham again perhaps having to do better.
Fed by David Clarkson, former Ranger Calum Gallagher broke into the right of the penalty box and beat the stopper at his near post with a decent effort.
Into the second half, and while they didn’t start at a particularly breakneck pace, Rangers found themselves level within eight minutes of the restart.
Breaking down the right, James Tavernier’s cross found the head of Kenny Miller, with the striker notching his 20th goal of a superb season after rising above Keith Watson to nod home.
It gave the sluggish Light Blues a much needed spark, and after Miller found the gloves of Langfield with a drive from the edge of the area, the veteran goal-getter made a smart run to the near-post to connect with a McKay corner, although his header slipped just over.
McKay then bombed down the left flank and cut inside and tested Langfield, before the goalkeeper was called on once more, tipping a Miller effort onto the bar after he fired yet another McKay cross towards goal.
As time ticked down and Rangers came closer and closer to yet more dropped points, Andy Halliday’s cross found the unmarked Jason Holt lurking 15 yards or so out from goal but he was to shoot over the top of the bar.
But Holt wasn’t to be denied, and he struck what looked to be a winner for the Light Blues with just two minutes left on the clock.
After playing an excellent one-two on the edge of the area with substitute Nicky Clark, Holt broke clear of the St Mirren defence and fired low to Langfield’s left, much to the delight of the thousands of Rangers supporters who had filled two and a half stands at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.
But their delight was short lived. Cutting in from the left in the final minute of injury time, Lewis Morgan was allowed time to shoot from the edge of the area and he found the bottom corner.
RANGERS: Foderingham; Tavernier, Kiernan, Wilson, Wallace; Halliday, Holt, Zelalem (Shiels, 75); Waghorn (Ball, 60), Miller (Clark, 75), McKay.
SUBS NOT USED: Bell, Law, O’Halloran, King.
ST MIRREN: Langfield, Irvine, Naismith, Gallagher (Goodwin, 75), Quinn, Mallan, Watson, Webster, Clarkson (Thompson, 75), Shankland, Cooper (Morgan, 61)
SUBS NOT USED: Willson, Stewart, Baird, Carswell.