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Summary

  1. Rangers move second in Championship
  2. Andy Murdoch scores first goal for Rangers
  3. Kris Boyd adds Rangers' second
  4. Ryan Conroy pulls goal back for Rovers

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company tonight. Join us tomorrow for five games in the Scottish Premiership as Aberdeen hope to narrow the gap on leaders Celtic, who play on Sunday, and the battle to avoid relegation continues.

So the gloom over Ibrox has lifted at least for a while as they move back into second place in the Scottish Championship after a convincing win in Kirkcaldy.

Rangers coach Gordon Durie on BBC Radio Scotland

"The performance was great last week, but we didn't get the result and I think we got both tonight.

"We probably made it a bit harder for ourselves in the last 15 minutes by switching off and giving them a goal.

"We probably should have been out of sight by that time, but delighted with the three points and I think the scoreline flattered them.

"I've had Andy with the Under-20s. He's got a great attitude and has goals like that in his locker.

"He's got his chance and he's come in and taken it.

"Delighted not just for him. I think the whole team showed a spirit that's what we need for the rest of the season.

"Great for Boydy as well. He's not scored many goals and he had chances before that, but that will hopefully put him on the road to a lot more."

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray on BBC Radio Scotland

"It didn't feel like we got high enough up the pitch to bother them.

"We did get a goal back, but it was not enough in the end.

"It seems to be we have come up against Rangers in the league three times and they have been bang on each time.

"It now makes it difficult for us for the play-offs regardless of what Falkirk and Queen of the South do tomorrow.

"We need to go on another run."

Going back to Kris Boyd's comments. That was his tenth goal of the season. So he has 11 more to find before the end of the season if he is to reach his target.

You can now read Andy Burke's match report from tonight's match at Stark's Park

here.

Rangers striker Kris Boyd on BBC Radio Scotland

"If we are going to take a positive from tonight, we have got the three points.

"We have created the chances and again we've not taken them, but we've got the victory.

"I have found myself in and out of the team and now I am back on the mark and hopefully I can kick on.

"I know my performances have not been good enough, but any Old Firm striker should be getting 20 goals a season and hopefully I can aim for that now."

Rovers were disappointing and their run of seven games without defeat comes to an end to leave them in sixth place, still six points adrift of Falkirk.

Rangers end a run of three straight defeats to move back into second place in the Scottish Championship ahead of Hibs. A convincing victory despite the closeness of the scoreline.

FULL-TIME

Raith Rovers 1-2 Rangers

Rangers coach Gordon Durie on BBC Radio Scotland

"We made it harder for ourselves by losing that goal, but we got the three points.

"If we had got the third one, it was game over, but we switched off and I think 2-1 flatters them.

"I have had Andy with the 20s and he has been given his chance and taken it with a wonderful goal.

"But not just him, we showed the spirit we need between now and the end of the season.

"Great for Boydy as well. He had chances before that, but hopefully that will put him on the road to many more before the end of the season."

Rangers only have a few minutes more to dominate possession and play out time before claiming what could be an important win.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

"Rangers have kept the pressure on Raith Rovers and the only surprise is that it is only 2-1."

Ryan Conroy scores to bring Rovers back into the game
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Ryan Conroy's deflected shot brought Rovers back into the game in Kirkcaldy
Kris Boyd celebrates after putting Rangers 2-0 ahead
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Kris Boyd had a bit of fortune before putting Rangers 2-0 ahead at Stark's Park

Kris Boyd goes close again for Rangers as he wriggles clear inside the penalty box, but his shot is deflected just wide.

Rovers' Ross Callachan does well to control a Kyle Hutton clearance and volleys on target from the edge of the penalty area, but Lee Robinson saves at his near post.

Rangers continue to dominate despite that goal and Kris Boyd sends a low drive straight at goalkeeper David McGurn, but Rovers are looking more lively now as they have rediscovered some belief.

GOAL

Raith Rovers 1-2 Rangers (Ryan Conroy)

Out of nowhere, Rovers are back in the game as Mark Stewart's ball across the penalty box bobbles into the path of Ryan Conroy and the one-time Celtic winger's shot deflects off the foot of Lee Wallace, over despairing goalkeeper Lee Robinson and into the net.

Somehow Rangers are not 3-0 ahead as Haris Vuckic begins to show his class by turning inside before firing a powerful left-foot drive from 18 yards that goalkeeper David McGurn can only push away. The diving Nicky Clark somehow heads wide the rebound from in front of goal.

GREAT SAVE!

David McGurn prevents Rangers extending their lead as the goalkeeper blocks a powerful drive from Sebastien Faure at point-blank range following a corner.

A snap shot from Haris Vuckic stings the palms of Rovers goalkeeper David McGurn. Confidence is flowing into the Rangers veins now.

Former Raith Rovers midfielder Danny Lennon in the Stark's Park stand
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The presence of former Raith Rovers midfielder Danny Lennon, now Scotland Under-21 caretaker, could not inspire the home side

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Rangers go close again as Darren McGregor rises to head just over the crossbar from Nicky Law's corner.

At last Rovers spring into life and Christian Nade beats goalkeeper Lee Robinson to a Ryan Conroy cross, but the striker's header from eight yards flies over the bar.

GOAL

Raith Rovers 0-2 Rangers (Kris Boyd)

Kris Boyd has a big smile on his face - a combination of relief and joy - as he extends Rangers' lead. The striker misses the ball completely with his first attempt to shoot inside a crowded penalty area, but he prods the ball home after Haris Vuckic drags the ball back into his path.

Kris Boyd congratulates scorer Andy Murdoch
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Andy Murdoch (right) is all smiles as he is congratulated by Kris Boyd after giving Rangers the lead with his first goal for the club

Goalscorer Andy Murdoch turns provider with a lovely chip that sends Nick Clark in behind the Rovers defence. The striker skilfully chests the ball down and swivels, but his hitch kick goes wide of the far post. He didn't realise how much more time he had to pick his spot.

KICK-OFF

Raith Rovers kick off the second half and you imagine that manager Grant Murray will have urged them to improve on that lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

Rangers are making a change at half-time. A neck injury to Lee McCulloch means Darren McGregor, who is himself carrying an injury, comes back into central defence.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

"The goal was absolutely top drawer and Kyle Hutton is beginning to enjoy himself in the middle of the park. But I'm really surprised at Raith Rovers as they are just not at it despite the presence of the cameras and a big crowd."

Andy Murdoch fires towards goal to give Rangers the lead
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Andy Murdoch unleashes a thundering drive to give Rangers a deserved lead just before half-time

HALF-TIME

Raith Rovers 0-1 Rangers

Nicky Clark is showing why he scored so many goals for Queen of the South before his move to Rangers. The striker hooks a shot on the turn just over the crossbar. He surely deserves a run in the starting line-up and a chance to replicate his feats in Dumfries.

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Billy Turnbull: "We should be four up." At least you have one now.

Fred McGrath: "Not sure how wise it is to have betting company adverts behind the Rangers goalkeeper." Well spotted and a reference to Steve Simonsen, who is on the bench after serving his ban for gambling.

Kris Boyd sends a header towards the Rovers crossbar
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Kris Boyd had gone closest to scoring before Andy Murdoch's goal, the striker's header hitting the crossbar.

GOAL

Raith Rovers 0-1 Rangers (Andy Murdoch)

Andy Murdoch scores his first goal for Rangers as the 20-year-old midfielder, who has recently broken into the side, gathers the ball 20 yards out and drives a blistering strike into the far top corner. The diminutive Paisley boy packs a punch above his weight.

Falkirk manager Peter Houston on BBC Radio Scotland

"Raith Rovers are sitting off Rangers and that's not like them. They can't afford to do that and have to get in their faces."

YELLOW CARD

First yellow card of the game goes to the normally cultured Haris Vuckic as he is late with a sliding tackle on Rory McKeown. The Slovenian is looking a bit frustrated.

Raith Rovers legend Stevie Crawford (right), now with Hearts, back at Stark's Park with his head coach, Robbie Neilson
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Raith Rovers legend Stevie Crawford (right), now with Hearts, is back at Stark's Park with his head coach, Robbie Neilson