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Diomande stunner and Tavernier penalties move Rangers top

Rangers moved top of the Scottish Premiership after Mohamed Diomande’s thumping strike and James Tavernier’s two penalties gave them a 3-0 win at St Johnstone.

Philippe Clement’s side took full advantage of Celtic’s slip-up on Saturday to move two points above the reigning champions and go top for the first time since August 2022.

January signing Diomande set Rangers on their way to a crucial victory at McDiarmid Park with a stunning 37th-minute hit from outside the box for his first goal for the club and the only shot on target of the first half.

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Mohamed Diomande scores a stunner for Rangers in their clash with St Johnstone

Rangers were livelier in the second half and eventually Tavernier doubled their lead from the penalty spot in the 78th minute after Dujon Sterling was fouled by Andrew Considine following a VAR review.

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James Tavernier doubles Rangers’ lead from the penalty spot after Dujon Sterling was fouled in the box

VAR was needed again to award Rangers another penalty after Luke Robinson handballed Tom Lawrence’s strike and Tavernier scored his second from the spot in the 87th minute.

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James Tavernier scores his second penalty of the game as they head to top spot in the Scottish Premiership

St Johnstone failed to have a shot on target in the defeat to leave Craig Levein’s side 10th and eight points above bottom side Livingston.

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What’s next?

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St Johnstone’s next Scottish Premiership match is away to St Mirren on February 24, while Rangers host Hearts.

Both games kick-off at 3pm.

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