Scottish Championship
Rangers1Cowdenbeath0

Rangers 1-0 Cowdenbeath

Rangers recorded their first league win in three games but the manner of victory over second-bottom Cowdenbeath was far from convincing.

If Ally McCoist was looking for a performance to help erase memories of Wednesday's defeat by Alloa, he would have been largely disappointed.

His side turned in an insipid display, though Dean Shiels was an exception and fittingly scored the only goal.

Cowdenbeath were compact and difficult to break down but Rangers lacked flair.

The three points aside, there was little on show to appease the Ibrox fans dissatisfied by the team's direction.

And critics of McCoist will not have been appeased, with his team rarely raising the tempo or showing the quality the players should be capable of.

Rangers striker Kris Boyd
Kris Boyd and Rangers laboured to victory over Cowdenbeath

Booed off at half-time following an opening period in which a shot against a post by Shiels was the only moment of genuine threat, Rangers improved marginally in the second period.

The goal that saved them from an even harsher appraisal was a rare moment of quality.

Kenny Miller headed the ball into the path of Shiels from close to the corner flag and the Northern Irishman placed a low shot past Robbie Thomson from a tight angle.

Cowdenbeath did not collapse, though did they show any real sign of being able to equalise, either.

Nicky Clark, who must wonder what he has to do to earn a starting place for Rangers, came off the bench and almost doubled the lead in added time, but his deflected shot was saved superbly by Thomson.

There were no boos at full-time, but a sense of discontent persists at Ibrox.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 31Simonsen
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Mohsni
  • 23Foster
  • 4Aird
  • 8Black
  • 7Law
  • 22Shiels
  • 15BoydSubstituted forDalyat 68'minutes
  • 18MillerBooked at 11minsSubstituted forClarkat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 9Daly
  • 11Templeton
  • 14Clark
  • 16Faure
  • 20Hutton
  • 25Robinson

Cowdenbeath

  • 17Thomson
  • 20Miller
  • 27Fraser
  • 6Wedderburn
  • 32HalsmanBooked at 87mins
  • 26Marshall
  • 7Robertson
  • 8Milne
  • 28HughesBooked at 35minsSubstituted forJohnstonat 68'minutes
  • 19Oyenuga
  • 10Higgins

Substitutes

  • 2Campbell
  • 4O'Brien
  • 12Kane
  • 18Brownlie
  • 21Johnston
  • 25Sneddon
  • 30Scullion
Referee:
Graham Beaton
Attendance:
28,137

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamCowdenbeath
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Cowdenbeath 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Cowdenbeath 0.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Robbie Thomson.

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

Attempt missed. Jon Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Marshall.

Attempt missed. Jon Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jordan Halsman (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jordan Halsman (Cowdenbeath).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Attempt blocked. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Bilel Mohsni.

Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath).

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kudus Oyenuga (Cowdenbeath).

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

Foul by Colin Marshall (Cowdenbeath).

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jon Daly replaces Kris Boyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Craig Johnston replaces Declan Hughes.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

(Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Kris Boyd (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Cowdenbeath).

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Cowdenbeath 0. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1513204183341
2Rangers15102336132332
3Queen of Sth157442720725
4Hibernian156452417722
5Falkirk155551922-320
6Raith Rovers155371731-1418
7Dumbarton154471431-1716
8Alloa153391524-912
9Cowdenbeath1532101535-2011
10Livingston153391623-77
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