Kenny Miller reaches 100 goals for Rangers as Inverness are beaten
Kenny Miller grabbed his 100th Rangers goal as Mark Warburton's men ground out a welcome 1-0 victory over Inverness in the Highlands.
The Ibrox side were looking to build some momentum ahead of next weekend's Betfred Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic.
And Miller's landmark strike ensured they will head into the Hampden clash on the back of three points, which sees them move up to third for one day at least.
Caley Thistle were looking to build on the five-game unbeaten run which landed boss Richie Foran September's manager of the month award and move into the top six - but defeat leaves them stranded in eighth-place.
Rangers have hardly appeared watertight this season, with much of their defensive uncertainty stemming from the fact they have rarely enjoyed the luxury of a settled back-line.
But that did not stop Warburton from tinkering again as he brought Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill in for Philippe Senderos and the injured Danny Wilson.
There was more confusion inside the Gers box just three minutes in as Losana Doumbouya was left to get on the end Greg Tansey's free-kick just 10 yards out before heading over.
That was a brief scare for the visitors but the energy and tempo of the Ibrox men was just what Mark Warburton was looking for.
As his side quickly established a foot hold, Martyn Waghorn drove into box but could not muster the power to beat Owain Fon Williams.
The striker put more into his next effort as he pulled the trigger from 30 yards out
His strike failed to dip in time to trouble the Caley Thistle keeper.
But the Light Blues did grab a deserved breakthrough after 22 minutes
Wallace's pace took him into space down left and his cross was met by a sumptuous from Miller as he slammed his volley home.
Waghorn thought he had just about added a second soon after when he redirected a Hill header from Niko Kranjcar's corner back at goal
Replays, though, proved Fon William had produced a brilliant reflex save before the ball crossed the line.
The Highlanders stopper was again well placed to keep out Miller just after the break, while Kranjcar - looking fitter with every passing week - could not produce a finish to match his driving surge from halfway.
However, the intensity which had driven the Glasgow side's display dropped as the second half wore on and it took a brave block from Hill to deny substitute Aaron Doran's shot from 12 yards.
The Irishman had an even better chance with 17 minutes remaining when Polworth sent him scampering into the box
His tame shot trickled past Wes Foderingham but did not have the legs to beat Hill on the line.
Inverness continued to press but just as they thought they had found the opening for an equaliser with four minutes left, sub Alex Fisher made a mess of his header as resilient Rangers clung on.
Source : PA