Scottish Championship
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Rangers 4-0 Raith Rovers

Rangers remain level on points with Hibernian in the race for second place in the Championship after a comfortable victory over Raith Rovers at Ibrox.

Nicky Clark headed the home side in front from a corner after six minutes and Haris Vuckic cut inside to score a second before the interval.

Nicky Law added a third after his initial effort hit the bar and scored another late on with a smart strike.

The win means Rangers' goal difference is two worse than second-placed Hibs'.

And Stuart McCall's side have played a game fewer as the sides fight for the right to enter the play-offs at a later stage.

Rangers responded to Hibs' defeat of champions Hearts earlier in the day and their own loss at Queen of the South last week by starting purposefully.

After just six minutes, Clark found himself in plenty of space to connect with Law's corner and bullet a header home from 10 yards.

Law then carved out a chance of his own but his shot from just inside the box was weak and easily held by Kevin Cuthbert.

But the goalkeeper had no chance when Vuckic cut inside before unleashing a powerful drive into the net to claim his seventh Rangers goal.

Raith could have pulled a goal back moments later but a well-struck free-kick from Ryan Conroy was blocked by returning goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

And the visitors fired out another warning to Rangers shortly after the restart, with Lewis Vaughan firing a snap-shot inches past an upright.

At the other end, the hosts passed up a chance when Vuckic and Robbie Crawford combined to set up Law, only for the midfielder to fail to connect.

However, Law was celebrating on 72 minutes when his shot crashed off the crossbar and the ball fell kindly to his feet to tuck in from eight yards.

Tom Walsh then saw a terrific volley saved well by Cuthbert before Law completed his double with a curling effort from the edge of the box.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 21Crawford
  • 26Zaliukas
  • 24McGregor
  • 5Wallace
  • 10Vuckic
  • 7Law
  • 34Murdoch
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forBlackat 79'minutes
  • 14ClarkSubstituted forBoydat 78'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forWalshat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mohsni
  • 8Black
  • 15Boyd
  • 25Robinson
  • 48Walsh
  • 49Sinnamon
  • 52Hardie

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Watson
  • 55Barr
  • 23McKeown
  • 7Anderson
  • 8Moon
  • 11Scott
  • 14Conroy
  • 16VaughanSubstituted forNadeat 71'minutes
  • 9StewartSubstituted forElliotat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hill
  • 10Elliot
  • 20McGurn
  • 27Nade
  • 30Robertson
  • 31Matthews
  • 36Ford
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
31,427

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home21
Away5
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 4, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Raith Rovers 0.

Christian Nade (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Tom Walsh.

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

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Raith Rovers 0. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kris Boyd.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Cuthbert.

Attempt saved. Tom Walsh (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Cuthbert.

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

Hand ball by Haris Vuckic (Rangers).

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ian Black replaces Dean Shiels.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kris Boyd replaces Nicky Clark.

Attempt saved. Andy Murdoch (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Paul Watson (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Tom Walsh (Rangers).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

Christian Nade (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Raith Rovers 0. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Christian Nade replaces Lewis Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Calum Elliot replaces Mark Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Tom Walsh replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Hand ball by Martin Scott (Raith Rovers).

Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Rangers).

Andy Murdoch (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts33273390226884
2Hibernian33187860303061
3Rangers32187761332861
4Queen of Sth33168954371756
5Falkirk341410104643352
6Raith Rovers33126153957-1842
7Dumbarton3396183272-4033
8Cowdenbeath3474233081-5125
9Alloa3358202850-2223
10Livingston3267193449-1520
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