Scottish Championship
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Rangers 2-0 Livingston

A goal either side of half-time secured victory for Rangers against Scottish Championship bottom side Livingston.

Fraser Aird's drive put Rangers ahead within the opening 10 minutes.

Ally McCoist's side struggled to really impose themselves against Livi, who were playing their fist match since the departure of manager John McGlynn.

Rangers' second arrived when Simon Mensing nodded the ball into his own net, ensuring defeat for caretaker manager Mark Burchill.

With Rangers having confirmed on Monday that McCoist had tendered his resignation, the Ibrox side were playing the first home match of the 52-year-old's 12-month notice period.

Livingston's Simon Mensing scores an own goal in the match against Rangers
Mensing's header ended in his own net

It was only a fantastic Steve Simonsen save that prevented Livi going ahead, the goalkeeper getting down to his left to deny Danny Mullen.

Aird quickly put Rangers in front, the midfielder firing the ball goalwards after Darren McGregor had headed on Steven Smith's corner.

Simonsen almost spilled Keaghan Jacobs' shot from the left in front of Jordan White before White nodded straight at the keeper from four yards out.

In the second half, Livingston goalkeeper Darren Jamieson did well to claw away an effort from Nicky Law and Lee Wallace lifted a shot over the visitors' goal from 10 yards.

But Rangers did double their advantage when Mensing diverted Aird's cross past Jamieson with an errant header.

A consolation goal now looked like the most positive outcome on offer to Burchill's side but White contrived to hit the post from a yard out.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23Foster
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5Wallace
  • 4Aird
  • 8BlackSubstituted forShielsat 81'minutes
  • 7Law
  • 2SmithSubstituted forTempletonat 73'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forBoydat 73'minutes
  • 14Clark

Substitutes

  • 3Mohsni
  • 9Daly
  • 11Templeton
  • 15Boyd
  • 16Faure
  • 22Shiels
  • 25Robinson

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 6JacobsSubstituted forPraprotnikat 82'minutes
  • 5Fordyce
  • 4Mensing
  • 14Gallagher
  • 31Rutherford
  • 7Jacobs
  • 20MullenSubstituted forMcKennaat 83'minutes
  • 8O'Brien
  • 19GlenSubstituted forHippolyteat 74'minutes
  • 18White

Substitutes

  • 2Sives
  • 9Ogleby
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 15Praprotnik
  • 16Beaumont
  • 17McKenna
  • 21Grant
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
28,053

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Livingston 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Livingston 0.

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Shaun Rutherford.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Rangers).

Shaun Rutherford (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

Myles Hippolyte (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Dean Shiels.

Attempt blocked. Michael McKenna (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Nejc Praprotnik (Livingston).

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

Foul by Shaun Rutherford (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Michael McKenna replaces Daniel Mullen.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Nejc Praprotnik replaces Kyle Jacobs.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Ian Black.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

Myles Hippolyte (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Daniel Mullen.

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

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Livingston).

Goal!

Own Goal by Simon Mensing, Livingston. Rangers 2, Livingston 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Myles Hippolyte replaces Gary Glen.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. David Templeton replaces Steven Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kris Boyd replaces Kenny Miller.

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Mullen (Livingston).

Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Burton O'Brien (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Gary Glen (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

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

Foul by Jordan White (Livingston).

Attempt saved. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1614204383544
2Rangers17112438152335
3Hibernian1784529181128
4Queen of Sth178453022828
5Falkirk177552322126
6Dumbarton175481635-1919
7Raith Rovers175391936-1718
8Cowdenbeath1642101736-1914
9Alloa1733111528-1312
10Livingston1733111626-107
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