Scottish Championship
Rangers1Dumbarton0

Rangers 1-0 Dumbarton

Rangers beat Dumbarton to seal the Scottish Championship title and promotion, meaning they will play top-flight football next season.

Despite the home side missing a host of chances, James Tavernier's goal sealed victory at Ibrox.

The result put Mark Warburton's side 17 points clear at the top of the table with four games left.

Promotion brings to an end a four-year journey from the bottom division to the Scottish Premiership.

Manager Mark Warburton, who has led the club to promotion in his first season in charge, said: "I am delighted for the fans for what they have been through. It's great for the players and the club to get back in the top tier.

"Promotion was a clear directive for the players this season but they have dealt with the weight of expectation and delivered. All credit to them."

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Rising from rock bottom

With the club mired in debt, 54-times champions Rangers entered administration and were then liquidated in 2012 under the ownership of Craig Whyte, who has since faced criminal charges owing to his stewardship at Ibrox.

Forced to re-enter the Scottish professional football pyramid in the bottom tier, Rangers - under manager Ally McCoist and controlled by a consortium led by Charles Green - won League Two by 24 points.

League One was clinched in even more emphatic style the following season. They won 33 and drew three of their 36 matches to cruise to the title with a cushion of 39 points over second-placed Dunfermline.

Rangers' route to the top flight was complicated by the relegation from the Premiership of Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibernian.

Hearts surged to the Championship title last season ahead of Hibs as Rangers - amid more financial concerns and with Stuart McCall in charge in place of the departed McCoist - finished third before losing the play-off final against Premiership side Motherwell.

James Tavernier
James Tavernier grabbed his 13th goal of the season to clinch promotion

The Warburton revival

A change of ownership, with the club now in the hands of South Africa-based businessman Dave King, led to the arrival of former Brentford manager Mark Warburton in the summer of 2015 and heralded an upturn in Rangers' fortunes.

A run of 11 straight wins to start the Championship campaign laid the foundation for promotion.

Although a dip in form leading up to Christmas left the door ajar for Falkirk and Hibs to mount a challenge, only one defeat in 19 matches helped Rangers seal a place in the Premiership with almost a month to spare.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forShielsat 78'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 23Holt
  • 17King
  • 9MillerSubstituted forClarkat 86'minutes
  • 19McKaySubstituted forO'Halloranat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 6Ball
  • 7Law
  • 8Zelalem
  • 14Clark
  • 22Shiels
  • 29O'Halloran

Dumbarton

  • 19Ewings
  • 4SaundersBooked at 43mins
  • 5Buchanan
  • 22Wright
  • 3Docherty
  • 2Taggart
  • 17RoutledgeBooked at 32mins
  • 9FlemingSubstituted forMcCallumat 83'minutes
  • 18LindsaySubstituted forGallagherat 61'minutes
  • 16WatersSubstituted forCawleyat 67'minutes
  • 27NadeBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 7Cawley
  • 8Gallagher
  • 15McCallum
  • 21Heffernan
  • 24Heh
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
48,568

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home22
Away1
Shots on Target
Home13
Away1
Corners
Home19
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Dumbarton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Dumbarton 0.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jon Routledge.

Attempt blocked. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Billy King (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Saunders (Dumbarton).

Booking

Christian Nade (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

Billy King (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Routledge (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

Attempt saved. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Donald McCallum replaces Garry Fleming.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Harry Forrester.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

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

Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

Attempt saved. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Attempt saved. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Forrester (Rangers).

Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Grant Gallagher.

Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Kevin Cawley replaces Calum Waters.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Calum Waters (Dumbarton).

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers32254383275679
2Falkirk321711453282562
3Hibernian30185748291959
4Raith Rovers32157104441352
5Morton32109133637-139
6Queen of Sth31115153845-738
7St Mirren32108143645-938
8Dumbarton3186172655-2930
9Livingston3277183445-1128
10Alloa3236231763-4615
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