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Rangers 1-1 Alloa Athletic

Liam Buchanan scores for Alloa Athletic against Rangers
Buchanan chipped Simonsen to secure a point for Alloa

Liam Buchanan put a dent in Rangers' Scottish Championship title hopes by securing a point for Alloa at Ibrox.

Rangers had been largely frustrated by their visitors, with Kris Boyd and Lewis Macleod denied by goalkeeper Craig McDowall.

Lee McCulloch did put the home side ahead with a powerful close-range shot.

But Buchanan restored parity when his inventive chip beat Steve Simonsen after the goalkeeper had saved Kevin Cawley's initial effort.

And, with Hearts beating Falkirk later on Saturday, Ally McCoist's side trail the league leaders by six points ahead of next week's meeting of the top two at Tynecastle.

Rangers winger David Templeton
David Templeton missed a first-half chance for Rangers

Boyd was played through on Alloa's goal and looked well placed to score until McDowall dived well to save early on.

David Templeton should have done better when presented with a headed chance, the winger nodding Richard Foster's teasing delivery wide.

McDowall gathered after McCulloch nudged the ball forward in another Rangers attack and the visitors' confidence on the ball grew towards half-time.

Macleod, who was released by Scotland after spending the week training with the senior squad, crossed for Boyd to head wide early in the second half as McCoist's side started to show more urgency.

McDowall was tested by Macleod's curling shot and the midfielder played an important role in unlocking the Wasps' defence.

Lee McCulloch scores for Rangers against Alloa Athletic
McCulloch struck to put Rangers in front

His corner delivery from the left was flicked on for the unmarked McCulloch to shoot powerfully into the net at the back post.

However, the Wasps were level within six minutes. Cawley turned and released a shot that was well blocked by Simonsen, but the goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent Buchanan converting the rebound.

Rangers had an excellent late chance to win it when a free-kick was deflected into the path of Sebastien Faure, but the defender's volley was off target.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23FosterSubstituted forFaureat 65'minutes
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 2Smith
  • 10Macleod
  • 8BlackBooked at 8mins
  • 7Law
  • 11TempletonSubstituted forClarkat 80'minutes
  • 15BoydSubstituted forDalyat 59'minutes
  • 18MillerBooked at 53mins

Substitutes

  • 9Daly
  • 14Clark
  • 16Faure
  • 20Hutton
  • 22Shiels
  • 25Robinson
  • 52Hardie

Alloa

  • 21McDowall
  • 17Doyle
  • 4Gordon
  • 15Marr
  • 5MeggattBooked at 18mins
  • 6SimmonsBooked at 21mins
  • 2TiffoneyBooked at 68mins
  • 8McCordSubstituted forBenedictusat 90+1'minutes
  • 3Docherty
  • 7Cawley
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forFernsat 84'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gibson
  • 10Holmes
  • 11Ferns
  • 14Benedictus
  • 18Hetherington
  • 20Asghar
  • 22Hynd
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
29,548

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Alloa Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Alloa Athletic 1.

Attempt missed. Sebastien Faure (Rangers) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Jason Marr (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

Stephen Simmons (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kyle Benedictus replaces Ryan McCord.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Daryll Meggatt.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Steven Smith (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Edward Ferns replaces Liam Buchanan.

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Rangers) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Kenny Miller (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Marr (Alloa Athletic).

Steven Smith (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces David Templeton.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Alloa Athletic 1. Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Michael Doyle (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Macleod (Rangers).

Foul by Steven Smith (Rangers).

Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Alloa Athletic 0. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Macleod following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Jon Daly (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Docherty (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

Mark Docherty (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jonathan Tiffoney (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jonathan Tiffoney (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Sebastien Faure replaces Richard Foster because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mark Docherty (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Lewis Macleod (Rangers).

Mark Docherty (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jon Daly replaces Kris Boyd.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1311203572835
2Rangers1392235112429
3Queen of Sth136432416822
4Hibernian135441813519
5Raith Rovers135351624-818
6Falkirk133551520-514
7Dumbarton133461025-1513
8Alloa133371320-712
9Livingston132381121-109
10Cowdenbeath132291434-208
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