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Rangers 1-1 Livingston

Stuart McCall will be painfully aware of the scale of the task facing him to improve Rangers as his team drew with the league's bottom side, Livingston.

Rangers began McCall's reign brightly at Ibrox and led through Haris Vuckic's precise strike in nine minutes.

But Livingston grew in confidence and pulled level when Ibra Sekajja tapped home on the stroke of half time.

Kenny Miller's header drew a superb save from Livi keeper Darren Jamieson as the visitors held out for a point.

Rangers had been hoping the arrival of McCall would add a much-needed spark to their Scottish Championship promotion push.

And the new manager was welcomed into the dug-out by wild applause from an Ibrox crowd of 35,066.

McCall made three changes from the side who were held to a home draw by Queen of the South in midweek.

Youngster Tom Walsh was handed his first start and Miller and Sebastien Faure were added to the side.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall and assistant Kenny Black
Rangers manager Stuart McCall and assistant Kenny Black assess the performance against Livingston

The supporters were cheering again after just nine minutes when Rangers surged into an early lead.

Miller's short pass found Nicky Law and he burst forward before setting up Vuckic for a left-foot strike that nestled in the bottom corner.

It had been a bright start from the Light Blues but Livi were gradually allowed to impose themselves on the game.

Danny Mullen's 20-yard drive fell just over the crossbar as Livi tried to haul themselves back into the game.

Keaghan Jacobs then teed up Scott Pittman for a shot that deflected narrowly past the post.

Rangers could have doubled their lead when the ball broke for Walsh but he hooked just over, before Darren McGregor nodded wide from Law's corner.

Gers were left ruing those missed opportunities when Livi levelled on the stroke of half-time.

Sekajja reacted quickly to bundle home the rebound after Craig Sives's shot hit the post - then celebrated with a double backflip.

The visitors almost found the back of the net again shortly after the restart, when Mullen unleashed a powerful low drive that fell just wide.

Rangers did have the ball in the net after 63 minutes when Nicky Clark's header beat Jamieson but the offside flag was quickly raised.

Skipper Lee McCulloch then nodded over from Law's corner as the home side desperately tried to regain the advantage.

And Miller was denied only by a great one-handed save as his point-blank header was swatted away by Jamieson.

A defensive mix-up between goalkeeper Lee Robinson and substitute Marius Zaliukas almost let Jordan White in on goal late on as the match ended all-square.

Haris Vuckic scores the opener
Haris Vuckic scores the opener for Rangers following a good move involving Nicky Law and Kenny Miller
Ibra Sekajja celebrates
Ibra Sekajja celebrates levelling for Livingston just before half-time

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Robinson
  • 16FaureSubstituted forZaliukasat 52'minutes
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5Wallace
  • 48Walsh
  • 7Law
  • 20Hutton
  • 10VuckicSubstituted forTempletonat 72'minutes
  • 14Clark
  • 18MillerSubstituted forBoydat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 11Templeton
  • 15Boyd
  • 22Shiels
  • 26Zaliukas
  • 31Simonsen
  • 34Murdoch

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 5FordyceBooked at 80mins
  • 14Gallagher
  • 2Sives
  • 3TalbotBooked at 78mins
  • 6JacobsBooked at 84mins
  • 4Cole
  • 7Jacobs
  • 20MullenBooked at 29minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 67'minutes
  • 25PittmanSubstituted forMcKennaat 90'minutes
  • 22SekajjaSubstituted forWhiteat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O'Brien
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 12Walker
  • 16Beaumont
  • 17McKenna
  • 18White
  • 19Glen
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
35,066

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Livingston 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Livingston 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Michael McKenna replaces Scott Pittman.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

Attempt missed. Kyle Jacobs (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by David Templeton (Rangers).

Scott Pittman (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Kyle Jacobs (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Livingston).

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

Jordan White (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kris Boyd replaces Kenny Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jordan White replaces Ibra Sekajja.

Booking

Callum Fordyce (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Fordyce (Livingston).

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

Booking

Jason Talbot (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Keaghan Jacobs.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Jamieson.

Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

Attempt missed. Kyle Jacobs (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. David Templeton replaces Haris Vuckic.

Foul by Nicky Law (Rangers).

Scott Pittman (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Myles Hippolyte replaces Daniel Mullen.

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Cole.

Attempt blocked. Darren McGregor (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Haris Vuckic (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Talbot (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Marius Zaliukas replaces Sebastien Faure because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kyle Hutton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rangers 1, Livingston 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rangers 1, Livingston 1.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Livingston 1. Ibra Sekajja (Livingston) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts27233178176172
2Hibernian28167555243155
3Rangers26146647262148
4Queen of Sth27128745311444
5Falkirk27111064236643
6Raith Rovers2696113044-1433
7Dumbarton2876152863-3527
8Cowdenbeath2754182168-4719
9Alloa2846182041-2118
10Livingston2846182743-1613
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