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Stenhousemuir 0-2 Rangers

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.

Line-ups

Stenhousemuir

  • 1Smith
  • 2DevlinBooked at 89mins
  • 3Malone
  • 8Rowson
  • 4Greacen
  • 5McMillan
  • 7DicksonSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 6HodgeSubstituted forGemmellat 56'minutes
  • 10Lynch
  • 9Higgins
  • 11McKinlayBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

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

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 2Foster
  • 5Wallace
  • 8BlackSubstituted forClarkat 89'minutes
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Faure
  • 7LittleSubstituted forCrawfordat 73'minutes
  • 4PeraltaBooked at 41mins
  • 10Aird
  • 9Daly
  • 11LawBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamStenhousemuirAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home2
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stenhousemuir 0, Rangers 2.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Ian Black.

Booking

Nicky Devlin (Stenhousemuir) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

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

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

Foul by Sean Higgins (Stenhousemuir).

Foul by Sean Higgins (Stenhousemuir).

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

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

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Stenhousemuir. Darren Smith replaces Sean Dickson.

Booking

Kevin McKinlay (Stenhousemuir) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by David Rowson (Stenhousemuir).

Booking

Nicky Law (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Nicky Law (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Andrew Little.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

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

Corner, Stenhousemuir. Conceded by Andrew Little.

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

Foul by John Gemmell (Stenhousemuir).

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

Corner, Stenhousemuir. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Hand ball by David Rowson (Stenhousemuir).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stewart Greacen.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Sean Lynch.

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

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Stenhousemuir).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stenhousemuir. John Gemmell replaces Bryan Hodge.

Foul by Bryan Hodge (Stenhousemuir).

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

Foul by Eddie Malone (Stenhousemuir).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers1918105955
2Dunfermline1912251038
3Stranraer1810351133
4Ayr19856-329
5Stenhousemuir19748-925
6Forfar18648122
7East Fife196211-1920
8Brechin195410-1219
9Arbroath194213-1814
10Airdrieonians193313-2012
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