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Kenny Miller hit a stoppage-time winner as Scottish champions Rangers maintained their perfect start with a 2-1 victory at Hamilton today.

Walter Smith's side looked set to drop points for the first time this season when a Madjid Bougherra own goal early in the second half cancelled out Nikica Jelavic's first goal for Rangers. But Scotland forward Miller popped up with the last-gasp goal that clinched a fourth successive league victory for the Glasgow club.

Croatian striker Jelavic was making his first start for Rangers, while Miller, Lee McCulloch and Vladimir Weiss were among the substitutes as Smith protected some of his key players ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United.

Hamilton had an early appeal for a penalty turned down when Nigel Hasselbaink was stopped in his tracks by David Weir and Sasa Papac. That escape galvanised Rangers and the visitors took the lead in the sixth minute as Jelavic showed why Smith worked so hard to bring him to Ibrox from Rapid Vienna.

Kyle Lafferty was the provider with a clever piece of play as he nut-megged Andy Graham and surged down the left before picking out Jelavic, who powered his header past Tomas Cerny at the far post.

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor preserved his side's lead as he tipped an audacious long-range shot from Marco Paixao over the bar.

Smith's side could have gone further ahead before half-time when Maurice Edu's cross picked out Jelavic, but the Croatian's deflected shot flashed past a post.

Despite dominating much of the first half, Rangers had only a slender lead and when Hamilton increased their tempo after the break, Smith's men couldn't prevent the hosts equalising in the 56th minute.

Flavio Paixao played the ball out to his twin brother Marco and he curled a cross into the penalty area which Bougherra inadvertently bundled into his own net at the near post.

Steven Naismith tested Cerny from close-range as Rangers strove to restore their advantage. But with time running out, Smith sent on Miller, who had netted in every league game so far this season, in place of Lafferty.

The change paid dividends with seconds to go as Miller ran on to a McCulloch pass before chipping a fine finish over Cerny.