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Summary

  1. Derek Lyle opens scoring for Queens
  2. Lee Wallace pulls Rangers level on the hour mark
  3. Rangers win 3-2 on aggregate to play Hibs in semi-final

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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I'll sign off now. We'll be back with more action from Ibrox on Wednesday when the semi-final kicks-off. Thanks for your company and enjoy what's left of your weekend.

Before I go, a quick recap on the play-off situation. Rangers are through to the semi-final after edging past Queen of the South. Hibernian are the team waiting to go head-to-head over two legs this Wednesday and Saturday and the last Championship side standing will then take on Motherwell, again over two legs, for a place in the top flight next season.

We'll have online highlights of all of yesterday's Premiership games live in around five minutes, so don't stray too far.

There is another play-off going on right now, with Alloa at home to Forfar for a place in the Championship next season. It's 0-0 after 20 minutes, with the visitors 3-1 up from the first leg. If you want to watch that, the BBC ALBA coverage is being

streamed online.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall

"I think there would have been a lot of doubters when we went a goal behind. I was pleased with a lot of the first-half play. We found a way to get through and I'm proud of the lads for that. You can understand the tension from the fans but on the flip side we're grateful to them for their support too.

"I just wish we could put away a higher ratio of chances. It was a lovely goal, good football. If we had got the first goal it would have made it easier for ourselves, but we didn't. I think over the piece we deserved to go through. We've got two teams going into the next leg in good form. I am confident that we'll be ready on Wednesday. It can work in two ways - Hibs have had 18 days off and we've had two tough games. I am just focusing on getting through the next round."

BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

[Looking ahead to the play-off semi-final] "If it's purely a football contest, then I think Hibs are the only winners, so Rangers need to go and bully them. That worked well for them the last time they were at Easter Road [a 2-0 win], when they were really in their faces."

BBC Scotland's Tom English on Rangers

"They haven't set the heather alight but Rangers have improved considerably. There is a discipline about them which wasn't there before. They have a character about them. They don't throw the towel in. When they went a goal down, they were all calling for the ball."

It's all over for Queen of the South but the Dumfries side can be very proud of their season. The Doonhamers won 17 and drew 9 of their 36 league matches, hanging on to the coattails of the 'big three', and they pushed Rangers all the way in this play-off quarter-final.

They are sure to be a force in the Championship next season, although there is sure to be a few clubs sniffing around some of their younger stars.

Queen of the South manager James Fowler

"The players were excellent. When Rangers had us under the cosh, we stood up. The momentum of the game changes. If we got that second goal we could have taken that confidence on. We have had great support from the chairman, which is pleasing in my first season.

"The players have bought in to what we are trying to do. Their work ethic is up there with as good as I have seen. Rangers had us pegged back and we tweaked the formation. We weathered that storm. We got the lead and it was a real positive. Unfortunately, we couldn't get another goal. There will be some players moving on and some interest in the younger ones."

Never mind the Rangers' players legs, can the fans handle another high-stakes game so soon? There was a near full-house at Ibrox today and there will have been a lot of chewed fingernails. I suspect this play-off journey won't get any easier on the nerves.

The deal to bring five Newcastle players to Ibrox on loan in January has been widely criticised, given four of them were in no condition to make any meaningful contribution. But Rangers have found a gem in Haris Vuckic, who was once again their brightest light today. A constant menace in the final third, he also popped up with a fantastic clearing header late on, saving a certain goal.

Rangers need to go again at Ibrox on Wednesday night. Spirits will be high after making progress today but that effort may have taken its toll on the legs since the tempo was high throughout. Hibs will be well rested ahead of the next double-header. Will that be a factor?

The dejected Queen of the South players are out to applaud their band of followers at Ibrox and the home supporters join in with a sporting clap. James Fowler's side were under the cosh for long spells today but certainly gave Rangers a fright along the way, taking an unlikely lead then forcing a series of late corners as they sought a way back.

FULL-TIME

Rangers 1-1 Queen of the South (3-2)

Rangers are through to meet Hibernian in the semi-final play-off. Those games are coming up on Wednesday and Saturday. The season is over for the Queen of the South.

Ian McShane fails to get his free-kick over the defensive wall and that's it. The final whistle sounds...

Free kick to Queens in a central position 25 yards out. Time for a hero?

Kevin Holt and Andy Durnan appeal to the assistant referee as Lee Wallace runs away to celebrate his goal
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Kevin Holt and Andy Durnan appeal to the assistant referee as Lee Wallace runs away to celebrate his goal.

We're into the 90th minute and we'll get three more.

Rangers are now operating with a back five and they are not straying from the edge of their own penalty area, inviting Queens to try and play through them.

Yet another corner to Queens but this time the delivery from Ian McShane is far too heavy and it's a long way back for the defenders who had come forward...

SUBSTITUTION

Rangers make a double change as defenders Bilel Mohsni and Stevie Smith come on for Dean Shiels and Nicky Clark.

Another Queens corner. Some head-tennis. Rangers hack it clear and the visitors come again. It's frantic stuff as we enter the the final seven minutes.

A third corner in quick succession for Queens and former Rangers trainee Andy Dowie sends a glancing header narrowly wide, although there was a man on the post.

CLOSE!

Haris Vuckic again shows his defensive prowess as he leaps to head clear on his own goal line to deny Derek Lyle, who thought he had picked his spot with a smart, curling shot.

Haris Vuckic pops up in his own six yard box to hook away a dangerous cross from Lewis Kidd. Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell had a diving flap at it but wasn't even close.

There is certainly no sign of Rangers sitting on their aggregate lead as the home side continue to flood forward. Some fans may be casting a nervous eye at the lack of players left at the back.

SUBSTITUTION

It's the final roll of the dice from Queens in terms of personnel as teenager Aidan Smith replaces Gavin Reilly up front.

More good work from Haris Vuckic as he rolls a smart return pass into the feet of Nicky Law, but the midfielder's low shot is repelled by the legs of Zander Clark guarding his near post.

Lee Wallace levels for Rangers
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Goal-den moment: Lee Wallace picks up on a chest pass by Nicky Clark to level for Rangers in the second leg and put his team 3-2 up on aggregate.

SUBSTITUTION

Defender Mark Durnan is the man departing to make room for Iain Russell. That's an attacking midfielder for a central defender. The visitors need another goal or the season ends here for them.

SUBSTITUTION

Stephen McKenna is brought on to beef up the Queens midfield, with Mark Millar making way. Iain Russell is also getting ready to come off the bench.

How will Gavin Reilly be feeling right now? Moments before that Lee Wallace goal, the Queens striker was clean through but could not get the ball under control.

Queens are still penned in as an off-balance Haris Vuckic sends a shot high over the target from 12 yards or so.

GOAL

Rangers 1-1 Queen of the South (3-2) (Wallace)

Zander Clark is finally beaten and it's a well-worked goal that sees Rangers move ahead on aggregate. Haris Vuckic picks out Nicky Clark with a lofted pass and the striker uses his chest to lay the ball off for Lee Wallace to sweep home from six yards.

A simple ball over the top and Rangers are undone but Gavin Reilly takes a couple of clumsy touches and the ball rolls through to Cammy Bell.

Another collective groan from the home crowd as Nicky Law's dipping free-kick from 22 yards rustles against the top of the net.

GREAT SAVE!

Kenny Miller has to score. No! Somehow goalkeeper Zander Clark gets a hand out to stop the Rangers striker's firm header from six yards. The ball bounced clear off Clark's face but that goes down as a top, top save.

This is probably Queens' best spell as Ian McShane has a shot from long range saved by Cammy Bell.

Queens make a rare foray up the park and Danny Carmichael is chopped down right in front of the linesman, who does nothing, leaving it to referee Kevin Clancy to eventually award the free kick near the corner flag. The set-piece comes to nothing but at least the visitors are spending some time in the opposition half.

Queens are sitting deep, packing men behind the ball as Rangers patiently move it around looking for an opening. Nicky Clark nods a lofted pass from Nicky Law into the path of Lee Wallace, who fires in a shot that is pushed away by Zander Clark.