SPL - Kilmarnock shock Rangers
Manuel Pascali ended Rangers' 25-game unbeaten run as Kilmarnock ran out 1-0 winners at Rugby Park in the Scottish Premier League.
Rangers steam-rolled Kilmarnock on the final day of last season, going 3-0 up within seven minutes before running out 5-1 winners to clinch a third successive SPL title ahead of Celtic.
But Pascali's goal nine minutes from time ensured Killie recorded a memorable win this time out, while Celtic are now just four points behind leaders Rangers, who enjoyed a 12-point advantage a little more than a week ago.
Ally McCoist's men were quick out of the blocks, nearly taking the lead after two minutes when Steve Davis's low, teasing cross evaded Nikica Jelavic's outstretched leg by inches.
Kilmarnock soon found their feet, however, enjoying spells of possession but without finding the crucial pass to unlock the Rangers defence.
The hosts had a half-hearted penalty appeal waved away after 21 minutes, when Paul Heffernan went to ground after rising to meet a cross and receiving a nudge from Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot.
Broadfoot was under scrutiny again three minutes before the break, putting a hand on Gary Harkins's shoulder as the Kilmarnock midfielder raced clear before making a well-timed challenge, with the referee once again waving away the home side's speculative penalty appeal.
Both sides were limited to half-chances for much for the first half, until Rangers substitute Kane Hemmings stung the hands of Cameron Bell with a fierce left-footed strike from outside the box on 44 minutes.
The visitors then had a penalty appeal of their own waved away when a long throw caused mayhem in the Kilmarnock box and debutant Sone Aluko was brought down, before Lee McCulloch seized upon the loose ball but sliced his shot wide.
Harkins looked to have got behind the Rangers line but the 26-year-old lacked the pace to get away from Steven Whittaker, who blocked the subsequent shot for a corner, which Rangers striker Jelavic headed against his own post in a bid to clear.
Rangers responded with Aluko - who this week completed his transfer to Rangers from Aberdeen - showing a turn of pace to beat his man on the right side of the box before firing in a low shot which was expertly cleared off the line by the backtracking James Fowler.
Killie then carved apart the Ranger defence, with Liam Kelly finding Garry Hay with a superb pass, before Heffernan was sent clear - but Allan McGregor got down with a strong hand to keep out the shot.
Both sides continued to attack and Rangers hit the post when Aluko's low cross evaded everyone and came before off the woodwork before the hosts cleared.
Aluko looked most likely to make the breakthrough for McCoist's men but was at fault for the hosts' goal.
A corner was half-cleared but immediately lofted back into the box and Pascali, played onside by the Nigeria winger, headed home.