Rangers 2-0 East Fife

Rangers forward Dean Shiels scored twice on a rare start as Ally McCoist's men continued their charge with a comfortable win against East Fife.

Shiels has been linked with a move away from Ibrox, with McCoist and chief executive Graham Wallace looking to trim back on the club's expenditure.

But the 28-year-old showed his worth by netting either side of the interval.

And Rangers' 17-point lead over second-placed Dunfermline at the top of League One is maintained.

Those in attendance observed a minute's silence for former Rangers player Ian Redford - a team-mate of McCoist - who died on Friday.

An energetic Rangers start to the game resulted in an early bombardment of the East Fife goal with Andy Little shooting wide as early as the first minute.

Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen made a half-time appearance
Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen made a half-time appearance

Fraser Aird was denied by a defensive block, before Little was denied off the line by Fifers man Gary Thom.

From the resulting Aird corner-kick, the ball trickled through to Shiels who made an instant impact, lashing home with his right foot with the help of a deflection.

After weathering the early storm, Gary Naysmith's side settled and became more assured in possession in midfield with former Rangers man Stephen Hughes returning to his old stomping ground.

The Fifers created an excellent opportunity after 25 minutes with Bilel Mohsni stretching out a long leg to block Liam Buchanan, while winger Ross Brown found the side-netting with the rebounding ball.

Rangers ended the half on the front foot with top-scorer Jon Daly blowing a one-on-one opportunity with Fifers goalkeeper Greg Paterson.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon arrived at the half-time interval with both sets of supporters showing their support for Fernando Ricksen who is battling motor neurone disease.

After 54 minutes, Buchanan struck wide for the Fifers and on the hour mark, Bell produced a top-drawer save to prevent Gary Fisher from scoring a deserved leveller for the away side.

As the home fans grew restless - and as McCoist prepared a substitution - Rangers worked a neat second goal after 63 minutes as Little combined intelligently with Shiels who blasted high into the net.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers2019106158
2Dunfermline2013251141
3Stranraer1910361033
4Ayr20956032
5Forfar19748425
6Stenhousemuir20749-1225
7Brechin206410-1122
8East Fife206212-2120
9Arbroath204214-1914
10Airdrieonians203314-2312
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