Scottish Premiership - Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Rangers 1-1 Queen of the South (3-2)

Lee Wallace drew Rangers level at Ibrox, 3-2 ahead in the tie
Lee Wallace drew Rangers level at Ibrox, 3-2 ahead in the tie
  • Derek Lyle opens scoring for visitors
  • Lee Wallace with second half equaliser
  • Rangers win 3-2 on aggregate
  • Ibrox side now face Hibernian over two legs

Rangers needed a Lee Wallace equaliser to secure their passage to the Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final.

Queen of the South took the lead at Ibrox through Derek Lyle's first-half goal, which levelled the tie at 2-2 overall.

The home side had been the better team and they held their nerve after the break to progress to face Hibernian.

Although, they still needed the excellent Haris Vuckic to head a Lyle shot off the line before the end.

Rangers began as if intensity alone would be enough to secure their progress. They were assertive, and their dynamic play seemed to subdue the mood and ambition of the Queens players.

The home side trusted in their zeal, even if an early Marius Zaliukas scramble was a reminder of the fragility of their defence.

Using Vuckic behind the two strikers Kenny Miller and Nicky Clark was a ploy by the Rangers manager Stuart McCall, but he wasn't alone in hoping that scheming would be decisive.

His Queens counterpart James Fowler played the tricky and creative Daniel Carmichael wide on the right, since he had been marked into submission in the first-leg by Andy Murdoch.

Carmichael, like many of his teammates, looked forlorn in the opening half-hour. They could only chase the game, because Rangers moved the ball with purpose and fluency.

Derek Lyle headed Queen of the South into a first half lead and level on aggregate
Derek Lyle headed Queen of the South into a first half lead and level on aggregate

Vuckic tended to be prominent, and he combined with Wallace to allow the full-back to deliver a cross that Clark sent wide.

The sense was of Queens being beleaguered, but old habits were still reliable. They could also count on Rangers' defence being flawed.

A rare intervention by Carmichael saw him cross into the six-yard box, where Derek Lyle barged through to head past the Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

The goal was a contradiction to all of the play that had preceded it. The Rangers players still left the field to the sound of booing, but the interval was an opportunity to regroup, and Clark had to produce a brilliantly agile and reflexive save after the break when he tipped Miller's header away.

Frustration grew among the home fans, and McCall turned to the main stand at one stage and urged them to calm down. Yet his own temper rose as the Queens striker Gavin Reilly broke through on goal only for his control to let him down.

The heavy touch was timely for Rangers, because moments later Clark chested the ball down to Wallace inside the area and he shot home as the Queens players claimed, in vain, for offside.

Patience was still required - not least when the erratic Bilel Mohsni came off the bench - as Queens staged an onslaught. Vuckic proved influential in all areas of the game, since he headed Lyle's curling effort off the line.

Ultimately, Rangers held on, although the physical and nervous energy spent in the game will prove draining with Hibs visiting on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 23Foster
  • 24McGregorBooked at 41mins
  • 26Zaliukas
  • 5Wallace
  • 34Murdoch
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forSmithat 86'minutes
  • 10Vuckic
  • 7Law
  • 18Miller
  • 14ClarkSubstituted forMohsniat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 3Mohsni
  • 8Black
  • 15Boyd
  • 21Crawford
  • 31Simonsen
  • 48Walsh

Queen of Sth

  • 1Clark
  • 5DurnanSubstituted forRussellat 69'minutes
  • 4Dowie
  • 6Higgins
  • 12Kidd
  • 18McShane
  • 17Carmichael
  • 8MillarSubstituted forMcKennaat 62'minutes
  • 3Holt
  • 19Lyle
  • 10ReillySubstituted forSmithat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Russell
  • 14McKenna
  • 15Paton
  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 24Smith
  • 28Pickard
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
48,035

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Queen of the South 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Queen of the South 1.

Attempt blocked. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Steven Smith replaces Dean Shiels.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Bilel Mohsni replaces Nicky Clark.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

Attempt missed. Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Haris Vuckic.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Haris Vuckic.

Attempt saved. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Nicky Law.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Dean Shiels.

Attempt missed. Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

Foul by Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Aidan Smith replaces Gavin Reilly.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Zander Clark.

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Iain Russell replaces Mark Durnan.

Foul by Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South).

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

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Stephen McKenna replaces Mark Millar.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Queen of the South 1. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Clark.

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

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

Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Rangers) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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