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Livingston 1-1 Rangers

Rangers moved into second place in the Scottish Championship but were unconvincing against a Livingston team battling to avoid relegation.

The bottom side, seeking a fourth straight win, went ahead through a Myles Hippolyte free-kick as the game burst into life after half time.

Marius Zaliukas levelled with a glancing header seconds later.

But Rangers were unable to take advantage of the game in hand over their rivals seeking a play-off place.

The draw puts the Glasgow side one point ahead of Hibernian in second place with three games left of the regular season, while Livingston cut their deficit on Alloa Athletic to two points.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall had restored captain Lee McCulloch to his defence after suspension, but the vulnerable visitors had an early let-off when Hippolyte had a seventh-minute goal ruled out.

Myles Hippolyte fires into the Rangers net, but it was ruled out
Myles Hippolyte had the ball in Rangers' net early on, but it was ruled out

'Gers keeper Cammy Bell had dropped the ball into his path after coming for Jason Talbot's cross on the edge of the six-yard box, but referee Greg Aitken ruled that Bell had been fouled by Jordan White.

Rangers' only early spark came from several fireworks being let off among their fans.

Haris Vuckic put their first effort on target after 25 minutes and then escaped even a yellow card when he elbowed Talbot in the face.

Hippolyte took just 90 seconds of the second half to open the scoring when he curled home from 25 yards into the roof of the net after McCulloch had fouled White.

Rangers were level two minutes later following another set-piece, Vuckic swinging in a free-kick and Zaliukas back-heading into the far corner from 12 yards.

The visitors threatened a second when Darren McGregor had a shot beaten away by goalkeeper Darren Jamieson then Vuckic found the inside of the post.

Bell held an overhead kick from Kyle Jacobs at the other end before saving Scott Pittman's header.

Both sides had late claims for penalties denied, with Vuckic booked for simulation, but there was to be no further scoring.

The Rangers end is covered in blue smoke
The Rangers fans set off smoke bombs during the first half at Livingston
Myles Hippolyte curls his free-kick into the net
Myles Hippolyte curled his free-kick into the net to give Livingston the lead
Myles Hippolyte wheels away after scoring
Myles Hippolyte (left) was a constant danger to Rangers
Haris Vuckic and Marius Zaliukas celebrate Rangers' equaliser
Haris Vuckic and Marius Zaliukas were both involved in Rangers' equaliser

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 5Fordyce
  • 14Gallagher
  • 4Cole
  • 3Talbot
  • 7JacobsBooked at 85mins
  • 8O'Brien
  • 25PittmanSubstituted forMullenat 86'minutes
  • 6Jacobs
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forBouldingat 89'minutes
  • 11HippolyteSubstituted forGlenat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Boulding
  • 12Walker
  • 16Beaumont
  • 19Glen
  • 20Mullen
  • 22Sekajja
  • 23Donaldson

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 26Zaliukas
  • 5Wallace
  • 10VuckicBooked at 90mins
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forWalshat 80'minutes
  • 34Murdoch
  • 7Law
  • 18MillerSubstituted forBoydat 74'minutes
  • 14ClarkSubstituted forHardieat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mohsni
  • 8Black
  • 15Boyd
  • 21Crawford
  • 25Robinson
  • 48Walsh
  • 52Hardie
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
4,345

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home4
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 1, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Rangers 1.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Kris Boyd.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Booking

Haris Vuckic (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Haris Vuckic (Rangers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Cole.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Rory Boulding replaces Jordan White.

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Daniel Mullen replaces Scott Pittman.

Booking

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Marius Zaliukas (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Gary Glen replaces Myles Hippolyte.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Tom Walsh replaces Dean Shiels.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

Jordan White (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.

Haris Vuckic (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ryan Hardie replaces Nicky Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kris Boyd replaces Kenny Miller.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Attempt saved. Scott Pittman (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Jordan White (Livingston).

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

Foul by Jordan White (Livingston).

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

Foul by Jason Talbot (Livingston).

Darren McGregor (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Livingston).

Haris Vuckic (Rangers) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Keaghan Jacobs.

Hand ball by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Jamieson.

Attempt saved. Darren McGregor (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Livingston 1, Rangers 1. Marius Zaliukas (Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Haris Vuckic with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Livingston).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts22183158144457
2Rangers20132542202241
3Hibernian23117545232240
4Queen of Sth22106640271336
5Falkirk239863432235
6Raith Rovers228592438-1429
7Dumbarton2365122654-2823
8Cowdenbeath2243151953-3415
9Alloa2235141735-1814
10Livingston2144132332-911
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