The Zambian international opened his goal account for the Gers, but the visitors from Steelmen kept them at home
Fashion Sakala scored its first goal for Rangers in Sunday’s 1-1 Scottish Premiership meeting with Motherwell.
The 24-year-old has appeared in three league games for Steven Gerrard’s men without success in front of goal. Against the Steelmen, he managed to put the Gers ahead early.
The reigning Scottish kings were still dumbfounded over their 2-0 defeat to Olympique Lyon in Thursday’s Europa League match, welcoming the men of Graham Alexander into the Ibrox Stadium with the ambition of returning to winning ways.
Only 12 minutes after the match, the hosts took the lead through the Zambia international.
After receiving a pass from captain James Tavernier, he set up Nigerian international Joe Aribo, who in turn pushed Sakala up to watch the ball over goalkeeper Liam Kelly and into the roof of the net.
On a rainy day, Rangers still dominated ball possession, but the condition of the field did not benefit them as it slowed their pace as they missed a few goal kicks.
In the closing stages of the first half, Tavernier forced a save from Kelly, while Scott Wright sent the rebound off the field.
Motherwell started the second half on the front foot, but it was Aribo who curled up his effort with the first shot well after the break.
In the 50th minute, the Super Eagle lined up Sakala, whose effort sailed far from a tight corner.
Six minutes after the hour, the visitors’ side restored equality through Kaiyne Woolery. With the benefit of a loose ball from the Rangers’ back line, Mark O’Hara set up the English forward who hit the ball past goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
The match ended with a no winner, no unbeaten note in the remaining minutes of the strongly contested affair.
While Aribo was in action from start to finish, Sakala was sacked for Juninho Bacuna in the 76th minute. Leon Balogun was an unused substitute because his compatriot Nnamdi Ofoborh was ruled out due to injury.
For Motherwell, Ugandan international Proof Mugabi played the entire 90 minutes for Alexander’s Steelmen.
Even as a result, Rangers occupy the top of the Scottish top flight after scoring 13 points from six games.