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Scottish Championship: Livingston 1-0 Rangers

Champions Rangers' slump in form continued thanks to Livingston defender Craig Halkett's first-half header against his former club.

Rangers, who have already clinched the Championship title and promotion, have now gone three games without a victory.

Halkett's first goal of the season - the final piece of action in the first half - won the points.

And it will give second-bottom Livi renewed hope that they can avoid relegation via the play-offs.

This was only the fifth defeat of Rangers' league season, but Mark Warburton's side have now not won since beating Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Livingston had gone into the game with only 17 fit players and gave a first start to 16-year-old Matthew Knox.

The highly talented midfielder has actually been training with Rangers, who had a bid in the region of £100,000 rejected for his services.

Knox is also interesting Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The fact that virtually the length of the division lies between the teams was underlined by the early possession and pressure.

It was all Rangers from the first whistle and Andy Halliday, Gedion Zelalem and Michael O'Halloran all had opportunities to score.

Livingston's Matthew Knox holds off Rangers' Kenny Miller
Highly rated Matthew Knox set up Livi's winner on his first start at the age of 16

Incredibly, though, it should have been Livingston taking the lead. Zelalem lost the ball in his own half and Danny Mullen suddenly found himself clear, but the midfielder shot wide.

The warning bells were ringing for the division's champions when Sam Stanton also had a dancing run and a shot past the goalkeeper's left port.

The half did, indeed, come to a remarkable finish. In its dying seconds, young Knox whipped in a fabulous free-kick from the left and Halkett met it with the perfect header to flash the ball beyond diving goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Rangers supporters in the crowd of 5,021 looked like they could hardly believe the scoreline.

The second half picked up on the first half script. The Ibrox side continued to huff and puff and fluff chances.

Livingston grew in confidence as the league's champions produced one of their poorest showings of the term.

The West Lothian side should have had a second goal, but Liam Buchanan put the simplest of headers over the bar from inside the six-yard box.

The same player, one on one with Foderingham, was only denied by a block from the the goalkeeper.

Livingston were worthy winners. Rangers looked a shadow of the team that grabbed the Old Firm headlines and are preparing for the cup final against Hibernian.

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 26McCallum
  • 2Kakay
  • 12Halkett
  • 15NeillBooked at 28mins
  • 3Longridge
  • 35Mullin
  • 34KnoxSubstituted forSheerinat 74'minutes
  • 7Pittman
  • 23Stanton
  • 10MullenSubstituted forCurrieat 70'minutes
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forBuchananat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jamieson
  • 8Fotheringham
  • 18Sheerin
  • 19Buchanan
  • 20Currie
  • 30Telfer

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Ball
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 8ZelalemSubstituted forLawat 72'minutes
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forHoltat 60'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 17KingSubstituted forMcKayat 59'minutes
  • 9Miller
  • 29O'Halloran

Substitutes

  • 4Kiernan
  • 7Law
  • 14Clark
  • 19McKay
  • 23Holt
  • 61McCrorie
  • 62Burt
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
5,021

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 1, Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Rangers 0.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jackson Longridge.

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

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jackson Longridge.

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Osman Kakay (Livingston).

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jason Holt (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (Livingston) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jordyn Sheerin replaces Matthew Knox.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Law replaces Gedion Zelalem.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Ryan Currie replaces Daniel Mullen.

Samuel Stanton (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

Osman Kakay (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gedion Zelalem (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Morgyn Neill.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Liam Buchanan replaces Jordan White.

Daniel Mullen (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jason Holt replaces Dean Shiels.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Barrie McKay replaces Billy King.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Pittman.

Foul by Josh Mullin (Livingston).

Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Marc McCallum.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jackson Longridge.

Foul by Josh Mullin (Livingston).

Dominic Ball (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Dominic Ball (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Daniel Mullen (Livingston).

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Livingston 1, Rangers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Livingston 1, Rangers 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers35255586325480
2Falkirk351813460342667
3Hibernian35207857342367
4Raith Rovers35178105146559
5Morton351110143941-243
6Queen of Sth35126174654-842
7St Mirren35118164251-941
8Dumbarton35106193465-3136
9Livingston3587203750-1331
10Alloa3548232166-4520
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