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Livingston 0-1 Rangers

Lewis Macleod marked his Rangers return with a magnificent overhead kick winner as the Ibrox side edged out Livingston.

The midfielder missed the last two weeks due to injury but took only eight minutes to make an impact, providing an acrobatic finish at the back post from Ian Black's lofted pass.

Rangers had chances to add to their tally but had to settle for one goal.

The result got the Ibrox men back to winning ways following their 3-1 defeat by Hibernian on Tuesday night.

That performance had left the Rangers faithful furious and their mood would have worsened if Livi's Danny Mullen had scored instead of firing over the bar after breaking through the visiting defence early on.

Macleod, however, eased any nerves in Ally McCoist's side with his sublime goal, showing no ill-effects from his recent ankle problems to beat goalkeeper Darren Jamieson.

Livi were forced into an early change after Craig Sives appeared to be knocked out cold when Nicky Law smashed a powerful shot straight into the defender's face from point-blank range, with Gary Glen on as his replacement.

Rangers went in 1-0 up at the break but a flashpoint among their fans in the stands during the opening 45 minutes would have been an unwelcome sight for club officials.

On the park, the visitors should have doubled their advantage early in the second period, but Kris Boyd's miserable luck in front of goal continued.

Rangers' Ian Black heads the ball off the line following a Jordan White effort
Rangers' Ian Black heads the ball off the line following a Jordan White effort

The former Scotland striker has yet to net in the league this season but thought his wait was over when Nicky Clark and Richard Foster combined to lay it on a plate for him six yards out.

Boyd's mortifying fresh-air swipe, however, summed up his afternoon and it was no surprise when he was hooked for Jon Daly soon after.

Clark had a bad miss of his own as he fired over from Lee Wallace's deep cross to the back post.

A stunning save by Jamieson was required to keep out McCulloch's volley from 10 yards with Rangers in full command by this point.

However, they were almost pegged back when Callum Fordyce crashed a 30-yard volley into the side-netting after an hour, while Jordan White screwed one wide soon after.

There was another scare when Black had to clear off his own goal-line after White looped a header over goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.

But Clark and Daly missed further chances to add gloss to the scoreline in the final 10 minutes as Rangers crawled over the line.

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 6Jacobs
  • 2SivesSubstituted forGlenat 27'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 5Fordyce
  • 3Talbot
  • 17McKenna
  • 7Jacobs
  • 8O'BrienSubstituted forOglebyat 86'minutes
  • 20MullenBooked at 63minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 74'minutes
  • 18White
  • 31Rutherford

Substitutes

  • 9Ogleby
  • 10Robertson
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 15Praprotnik
  • 19Glen
  • 21Grant
  • 27Burchill

Rangers

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23Foster
  • 26ZaliukasSubstituted forMcGregorat 45'minutes
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5WallaceBooked at 7mins
  • 4AirdSubstituted forTempletonat 73'minutes
  • 7Law
  • 8Black
  • 10MacleodBooked at 60mins
  • 14Clark
  • 15BoydSubstituted forDalyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 9Daly
  • 11Templeton
  • 16Faure
  • 22Shiels
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Robinson
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
5,924

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 0, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Rangers 1.

Foul by Michael McKenna (Livingston).

Lewis Macleod (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Robert Ogleby replaces Burton O'Brien.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Keaghan Jacobs.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Livingston).

Darren McGregor (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Callum Fordyce (Livingston).

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

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael McKenna (Livingston).

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

Jason Talbot (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Myles Hippolyte replaces Daniel Mullen.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Jacobs (Livingston) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. David Templeton replaces Fraser Aird.

Booking

Gary Glen (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Gary Glen (Livingston).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Attempt blocked. Jon Daly (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jon Daly replaces Kris Boyd.

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

Booking

Daniel Mullen (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Mullen (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Kyle Jacobs (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Lewis Macleod (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Michael McKenna (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Macleod (Rangers).

Foul by Lewis Macleod (Rangers).

Michael McKenna (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Jamieson.

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts87102542122
2Rangers8512189916
3Raith Rovers8422911-214
4Queen of Sth83231211111
5Hibernian83141111010
6Falkirk8242811-310
7Dumbarton8233713-69
8Livingston8215812-47
9Alloa8215814-67
10Cowdenbeath8125919-105
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