Nicky Law's double gave Scottish League One leaders Rangers victory over Stenhousemuir.

The midfielder fired across the bows of Chris Smith and into the net nine minutes before the break.

Rangers were then reduced to 10 men when Arnold Peralta was dismissed for a challenge on Eddie Malone.

But Law sealed all three points for the visitors with a powerful strike following a well worked one-two with Jon Daly.

This was the fourth game in 11 days for the Glasgow giants, a fixture schedule that had prompted complaints from boss Ally McCoist.

Rangers had looked unconvincing against Airdrie, scraping a 1-0 win on 2 January, and were similarly uninspiring in the opening stages of this encounter.

In fact, the home side would have been ahead after 18 minutes had it not been for the efforts of Cammy Bell.

Sean Higgins pounced on a poor pass-back from Sebastien Faure to take him one on one with the Rangers goalkeeper, who raced off his line and did well to block, before swatting Sean Dickson's rebound shot to safety.

At the other end, a mistake by Nicky Devlin gifted Lee Wallace a decent chance on goal but the left-back was denied the opener by the woodwork as his ferocious strike crashed off the crossbar.

Law succeeded where Wallace failed by leaving the net bulging with 36 minutes on the clock.

A Foster cross was nodded down by Jon Daly into the path of Law who lashed beyond the grasp of goalkeeper Chris Smith.

However, Rangers were dealt a blow four minutes before the break when they were reduced to 10 men after Peralta was dismissed for an ill-timed challenge on Malone.

The visitors were at a disadvantage in terms of numbers but could have added to their goal tally shortly after the restart.

Little was felled 25 yards out and Wallace stepped up for the resultant free-kick only to drill straight at the goalkeeper.

The second half proved to be flat for large spells.

Fraser Aird eventually resorted to a shot from distance that was comfortably claimed by Smith as Rangers attempted to make their lead a more comfortable one.

Perhaps taking inspiration from the last-gasp draw Stranraer earned at Ibrox recently, Stenhousemuir pushed forward in search of a late leveller.

But clear-cut chances proved hard to come by and it was Rangers who struck again on the 90th minute.

Law drove into the box before rifling a half volley into the roof off the net to wrap up the points.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Stenhousemuir

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Devlin Booked
  • 03 Malone
  • 08 Rowson
  • 04 Greacen
  • 05 McMillan
  • 07 Dickson (Smith - 80' )
  • 06 Hodge (Gemmell - 56' )
  • 10 Lynch
  • 09 Higgins
  • 11 McKinlay Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Gemmell
  • 14 McNeil
  • 15 Faulds
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 17 Shaw
  • 18 Douglas
  • 19 Smith

Rangers

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Foster
  • 05 Wallace
  • 08 Black (Clark - 89' )
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 03 Faure
  • 07 Little (Crawford - 73' )
  • 04 Peralta Dismissed
  • 10 Aird
  • 09 Daly
  • 11 Law Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Crawford
  • 14 Shiels
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 Sanchez Cribari
  • 17 Murdoch
  • 18 Clark
  • 19 Simonsen
Ref: Bobby Madden
Att: 2,546

Match Stats

Shots

2 12

On target

1 7

Corners

3 4

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 2.

90:00 +2:48 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 2.

90:00 +0:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 2. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Daly.

88:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Ian Black.

88:26 Booking

Booking Nicky Devlin (Stenhousemuir) is shown the yellow card.

88:10

Attempt missed. Sean Higgins (Stenhousemuir) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

84:51

Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

84:51

Stewart Greacen (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:16

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

84:16

Foul by Sean Higgins (Stenhousemuir).

83:36

Foul by Sean Higgins (Stenhousemuir).

83:36

Richard Foster (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:00

Eddie Malone (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:53

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

79:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stenhousemuir. Darren Smith replaces Sean Dickson.

78:37 Booking

Booking Kevin McKinlay (Stenhousemuir) is shown the yellow card.

78:25

Robert Crawford (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:25

Foul by David Rowson (Stenhousemuir).

73:18 Booking

Booking Nicky Law (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

73:14

Sean Lynch (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:14

Foul by Nicky Law (Rangers).

72:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Andrew Little.

72:04

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

71:34

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

70:01

Corner, Stenhousemuir. Conceded by Andrew Little.

68:29

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

67:36

Foul by John Gemmell (Stenhousemuir).

67:36

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

66:38

Corner, Stenhousemuir. Conceded by Richard Foster.

65:22

Hand ball by David Rowson (Stenhousemuir).

63:56

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stewart Greacen.

62:55

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Sean Lynch.

56:02

Attempt saved. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:31

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Stenhousemuir).

55:31

Fraser Aird (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stenhousemuir. John Gemmell replaces Bryan Hodge.

54:31

Foul by Bryan Hodge (Stenhousemuir).

54:31

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

53:21

Foul by Eddie Malone (Stenhousemuir).

53:21

Richard Foster (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:04

Corner, Stenhousemuir. Conceded by Sebastien Faure.

51:21

Kevin McKinlay (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:21

Foul by Andrew Little (Rangers).

50:12

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

46:41

Attempt saved. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:48

Andrew Little (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:48

Foul by Bryan Hodge (Stenhousemuir).

45:00

Second Half begins Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 1.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 1.

40:49 Dismissal

Dismissal Arnold Peralta (Rangers) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

40:40

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

40:40

Eddie Malone (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:45

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

37:00

Arnold Peralta (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:50

Foul by Kevin McKinlay (Stenhousemuir).

35:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 1. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Daly.

33:48

Arnold Peralta (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:48

Foul by Eddie Malone (Stenhousemuir).

31:25

Lee Wallace (Rangers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

25:32

Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

25:12

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stewart Greacen.

24:58

Attempt blocked. Andrew Little (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:34

Attempt saved. Sean Higgins (Stenhousemuir) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

16:27

Foul by Kevin McKinlay (Stenhousemuir).

16:27

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

9:40

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

9:40

Sean Higgins (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:46

Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

5:46

Eddie Malone (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:06

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

5:06

Sean Lynch (Stenhousemuir) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:32

Attempt missed. Andrew Little (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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