RANGERS blew the chance to reclaim second spot when they were held 1-1 by bottom side Ross County in Dingwall this afternoon.
Clint Hill gave the Ibrox side an eighth minute lead when he powered in a right-wing corner-kick from Josh Windass, but Kenny Miller and Joe Garner missed opportunities shortly afterwards to add to the advantage.
And Mark Warburton’s side were made to pay when Andrew Davies equalised with a rasping header from a left-wing corner-kick by ex-Ibrox winger Chris Burke midway through the first-half.
Earlier, County skipper Davies had an effort cleared off the line by James Tavernier.
And keeper Wes Foderingham was twice left looking silly when he fluffed passes to team-mates.
Gers did get the rub of the green just before the break, though, as referee Andrew Dallas failed to spot the goalie blatantly handling a Tavernier passback two yards off his line before booting clear.
Tempers flared in the 67th minute when Ibrox midfielder Jason Holt hit the deck theatrically inside the box following a challenge by Marcus Fraser.
The match official booked the player for diving before giving Davies a ticking off after he angrily confronted the opponent.
The match was finally balanced as it came to a conclusion. Tim Chow and Liam Boyce squandered two good chances for the Highlanders.
And, with practically the last kick of five minutes stoppage time, Alex Schalk blitzed in a swerving drive that flummoxed Foderingham before hitting him on the shoulder and flying over the crossbar.
It could have been so easily a dramatic last-gasp winner for Jim McIntyre’s side who remain undefeated against the Govan outfit after drawing 0-0 at Ibrox earlier in the season.
Rangers have now dropped points seven times from just 12 games and are in third place 11 adrift of Celtic, who have a game in hand, and one behind Aberdeen.