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Cowdenbeath 0-0 Rangers

Familiar failings troubled Rangers as they toiled to a draw at Cowdenbeath in the Championship.

A new era began off the pitch on Friday, but the watching new directors were further reminded of the scale of the task they face.

They had hoped that the boardroom revolution would lift the team, but the display was bereft against a side defeated 10-0 by Hearts last weekend.

Lee McCulloch's header against the bar was as close as Rangers came.

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The conditions, with the gusting unpredictability of the wind and the heaviness of the surface, demanded tolerance from the players. Controlling the ball was awkward enough, and moving it around with certainty and finesse was near impossible.

Even so, the visitors still fell short of the worth of their team.

Rangers had the wind at their backs in the opening half - which meant that the Cowdenbeath goalkeeper Robbie Thomson could barely reach the halfway line with his goal-kicks - and they dominated in terns of territory. They still made little impact in an attacking sense.

Cowdenbeath ought to have been more vulnerable, after last week's hammering, but Rangers' struggle to master the conditions allowed the home side to carefully nurse their bruised egos.

The grimness was seldom liberated. Rangers' Nicky Clark lashed a shot wide early on then Kris Boyd, spinning into the channel with the instincts of old, volleyed over. Kenny Miller refused to allow his industry to be diminished by the circumstances, and he intermittently found himself scurrying into dangerous positions.

Paul Murray (left), John Gilligan (centre) and Dave King
Paul Murray (left), John Gilligan (centre) and Dave King watched Rangers' draw from the stands after successfully ousting the club's previous board at the club's EGM on Friday

On one occasion, he skewed the ball into the side-netting from close range, then on another he curled a shot over from the edge of the box.

Cowdenbeath have defended haplessly at times this season, but Rangers were unable to uncover or take advantage of their points of weakness.

The game was brutally uncultured at times, although Clark's pace was still evident and one cross-field burst carried him on to Lee Wallace's through ball, but his attempt to chip Thomson only resulted in a corner kick.

It was a measure of the fierceness of the wind that Darren Brownlie's straightforward backpass flew out of play. The resultant corner kick carried right across the penalty area and straight out. During the interval, groundstaff had to hold down the empty dugouts because they would have clattered over in the wind.

Frustration accompanied Rangers back into the dressing room, with McCulloch having flashed a header off the face of the crossbar just before the break. Both sides had to adapt again, with Cowdenbeath enjoying the advantage of the wind at their backs in the second period.

They made territorial gains, and John Armstrong managed to angle a header on to the roof of the net after muscling his way into space to meet a long throw into the Rangers penalty area.

The conditions were an aspect of the game that had to be managed, and Rangers were unable to meet that challenge, although Marius Zaliukas headed wide from Nicky Law's corner with only five minutes left.

Ultimately, Rangers only gained ground on second-place Hibernian by one point in the first of three games in hand,. Promotion, as it stands, remains at risk.

Line-ups

Cowdenbeath

  • 17Thomson
  • 18Brownlie
  • 5Armstrong
  • 6Wedderburn
  • 14BrettBooked at 41mins
  • 8Milne
  • 4O'BrienBooked at 29mins
  • 11HerronBooked at 66mins
  • 3Adamson
  • 10HigginsSubstituted forOyenugaat 82'minutes
  • 9Nish

Substitutes

  • 7Robertson
  • 12Kane
  • 15Buchanan
  • 19Oyenuga
  • 20Miller
  • 25Sneddon
  • 28Hughes

Rangers

  • 25Robinson
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCullochBooked at 59mins
  • 26Zaliukas
  • 5Wallace
  • 7Law
  • 20Hutton
  • 10VuckicSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forShielsat 67'minutes
  • 15BoydSubstituted forDalyat 67'minutes
  • 14Clark

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 9Daly
  • 11Templeton
  • 22Shiels
  • 31Simonsen
  • 34Murdoch
  • 48Walsh
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
3,244

Match Stats

Home TeamCowdenbeathAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home5
Away21
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cowdenbeath 0, Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 0, Rangers 0.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Rangers).

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

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath).

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Cowdenbeath).

Attempt missed. Marius Zaliukas (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Lewis Milne.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

John Herron (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Kudus Oyenuga replaces Sean Higgins.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Steven Smith replaces Haris Vuckic.

Attempt missed. Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Rangers).

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

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

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

Foul by Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath).

Attempt saved. Jon Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Kenny Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jon Daly replaces Kris Boyd.

Booking

John Herron (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by John Herron (Cowdenbeath).

Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Higgins (Cowdenbeath).

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

Booking

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts26223174175769
2Hibernian26147551232849
3Rangers24144645242146
4Queen of Sth25117742291340
5Falkirk26101063935440
6Raith Rovers2596102942-1333
7Dumbarton2776142859-3127
8Cowdenbeath2654172166-4519
9Alloa2746171938-1918
10Livingston2645172540-1512
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