Rangers eased to victory over Arbroath at Gayfield to maintain their perfect SPFL League One record this season.

Less than three minutes in, an unmarked Jon Daly poked Rangers in front.

Lewis Macleod's shot cannoned in off Arbroath defender Bradley Donaldson to double the visitors lead and Nicky Clark headed a third before half-time.

Daly and Arbroath's Chris Scott were both denied by the post after the break in a game in which Rangers took their league "goals-for" tally to 50.

Ally McCoist's side now have 13 wins out of 13 in the league, sitting 11 points clear of Dunfermline Athletic with a game in hand.

They will now look to take that form into the Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at Falkirk on Saturday.

11 points clear in League One

  • Rangers won comfortably but only three of their 17 shots on goal were on target.
  • Ally McCoist's side had not scored in the first-half of the five games preceding this match.

Arbroath, player-managed by Paul Sheerin, remain eighth after rarely troubling their visitors on a freezing night in the north east.

There was still room, however, for a sentimental late substitute appearance for striker Steven Milne, who brought his 16-year professional football career to an end after this match to pursue a career with the police.

Scotland international Lee Wallace's performance for Rangers was dynamic and strong, dancing round opposition defenders on several occasions to carry his team forward.

The former Hearts player's skill drew a foul from Red Lichties full-back David Banjo and Ian Black's ensuing free-kick was diverted past goalkeeper Scott Morrison by the toe of Daly's boot.

It gives the Irishman a 16th goal of the campaign following his move from Scottish Premiership side Dundee United.

Bobby Linn, the home side's most menacing player on the night, had one tame half-chance before Rangers scored a second.

Multi-tasking

  • Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin was on the pitch for the first 68 minutes.

This time, Bilel Mohsni helped Macleod cut in from the left and his arrowed shot ricocheted off Michael Travis's head and Donaldson's foot on it's way into the net.

Sebastien Faure's missed header and Daly's weak chip preceded Clark's flick header past Morrison from a Wallace free-kick, giving Rangers a comfortable lead at the break.

There were no takers for Linn's cut-back as Arbroath pushed for a way back into a game that was nearly killed off when Daly controlled brilliantly, only to see Morrison tip his effort on to the post.

The hosts also struck the upright when Lee Erwin released Chris Scott, but the 17-year-old's low drive rebounded off the face of the upright.

Wallace nearly got the goal he deserved with a quarter of an hour remaining, stabbing a left-foot effort just past the post from a tight angle.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Arbroath

  • 01 Morrison
  • 02 Banjo
  • 03 Hamilton
  • 04 Scott (Bayne - 67' )
  • 05 Travis Booked
  • 06 Donaldson
  • 07 Linn
  • 08 Chisholm Booked
  • 10 Cook
  • 09 Erwin (Milne - 76' )
  • 11 Sheerin (Smith - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Milne
  • 14 Bayne
  • 15 Yao
  • 16 Smith
  • 17 Sibanda
  • 18 Keddie
  • 21 Wilson

Rangers

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Faure
  • 05 Wallace
  • 08 Black Booked (Crawford - 66' )
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 03 Mohsni Booked
  • 04 Aird (Hutton - 66' )
  • 11 Law
  • 07 Clark
  • 09 Daly
  • 10 MacLeod

Substitutes

  • 12 Templeton
  • 14 Hutton
  • 15 Peralta
  • 16 Simonsen
  • 17 Crawford
  • 18 Sanchez Cribari
  • 19 Smith
Ref: Iain Brines
Att: 3,902

Match Stats

Shots

4 17

On target

1 3

Corners

2 10

Fouls

8 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arbroath 0, Rangers 3.

90:00 +2:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arbroath 0, Rangers 3.

90:00 +2:06 Booking

Booking Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:00

Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:57

Foul by Ross Chisholm (Arbroath).

85:53

Attempt missed. Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

85:30

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Travis.

83:08

Foul by Nicky Clark (Rangers).

83:08

Darren Smith (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:32

Attempt missed. Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

79:25

Hand ball by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

78:41

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

75:47

Attempt missed. Kyle Hutton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Steven Milne replaces Lee Erwin.

74:59

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Bradley Donaldson.

74:26

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David Banjo.

74:16

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

70:31

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

67:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Darren Smith replaces Paul Sheerin.

66:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Graham Bayne replaces Christopher Scott.

65:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Ian Black.

65:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Hutton replaces Fraser Aird.

64:43

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

64:13

Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

64:08

Attempt blocked. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:19

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

57:55

Jonathan Daly (Rangers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

54:16

Attempt blocked. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:12 Booking

Booking Michael Travis (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

53:04

Jonathan Daly (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:04

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

52:22

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

51:22 Booking

Booking Ian Black (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

51:10

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

51:10

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:30

Attempt saved. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Arbroath 0, Rangers 3.

45:00 +0:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arbroath 0, Rangers 3.

40:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 0, Rangers 3. Nicky Clark (Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lee Wallace.

39:24

Jonathan Daly (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:24

Foul by Bradley Donaldson (Arbroath).

38:51

Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:51

Foul by Paul Sheerin (Arbroath).

36:38 Booking

Booking Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

36:32

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

36:32

Lee Erwin (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:48

Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:48

Foul by Colin Hamilton (Arbroath).

33:48

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Bradley Donaldson.

31:27

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Travis.

30:50

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Travis.

29:37

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:37

Foul by Lee Erwin (Arbroath).

29:14

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right.

28:12

Attempt missed. Sebastien Faure (Rangers) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

27:41

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

26:14 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Bradley Donaldson, Arbroath. Arbroath 0, Rangers 2.

25:53

Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

24:44

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Bradley Donaldson.

20:52

Sebastien Faure (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:52

Foul by Alan Cook (Arbroath).

19:51

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

16:58

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

16:25

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

16:25

Michael Travis (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:45

Foul by Fraser Aird (Rangers).

15:45

Alan Cook (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:19

Attempt missed. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

15:01

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul Sheerin.

14:23

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Bradley Donaldson.

9:08

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

2:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 0, Rangers 1. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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