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Summary

  1. Scottish Championship campaign gets under way
  2. FT: Rangers 3-1 St Mirren
  3. Lee Wallace 2, Dean Shiels for Rangers
  4. Cameron Howieson scores for Buddies
  5. Rangers secure third straight win
  6. St Mirren's Thompson misses penalty

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Join us again tomorrow for the second round of Premiership fixtures. Dundee host Hearts, with a cracker in prospect between two sides that impressed last weekend, Dundee United travel to Motherwell, Ross County are at home to Hamilton Academical, while Inverness Caledonian Thistle are in Perth to face St Johnstone.

Thanks for your company tonight as Rangers got their Championship title challenge under way with a win over St Mirren.

Nope, unfortunately our radio colleagues have run out of time.

We are hoping to get a word with St Mirren manager Ian Murray after that defeat.

Former St Mirren manager Gary Teale on BBC Radio Scotland

"St Mirren needed to get closer to Rangers after the first half as they gave them too much respect and they did that. Stephen Thompson will be extremely disappointed - the chance to level the scores and back here at Ibrox, he would have been desperate to score."

Former Rangers defender Craig Paterson on BBC Radio Scotland

"Rangers dominated the game from start to finish - their best performance of the season so far. St Mirren dug in and kept themselves in the game and the Rangers manager will be disappointed they didn't wrap it up earlier. But they beat one of their main rivals for the title and on that evidence are streets ahead."

FULL-TIME

Rangers 3-1 St Mirren

St Mirren are left rueing that missed penalty by former Rangers striker Stephen Thompson as the Ibrox side secure a win in the opening Championship game of the season and a third straight victory after two cup wins.

Rangers 3-1 St Mirren

Mark Ridgers has to be smart again to beat away a powerful drive fizzed in by James Tavernier.

GOAL

Rangers 3-1 St Mirren (Dean Shiels)

Mark Ridgers will be cursing his luck as he saves from Dean Shiels from close range, but the St Mirren goalkeeper is unable to gather the rebound, it cannons off the Rangers man's knee and defender Jack Baird is unable to hook clear before the ball crosses the line.

GREAT SAVE!

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers claws the ball away twice after a powerful header from substitute David Templeton.

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Bob: "Rangers need to finish this off,. Got a felling this could go pear shaped tonight!"

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Another change for Rangers, with Barrie McKay being replaced with David Templeton on the wing.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

There's eight minutes left and, although Rangers are still ahead, the visitors are looking more dangerous on the break and are still in this game.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Former Rangers forward Alan Gow comes on for Stevie Mallan in the Buddies' last roll of the dice.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Another Tavernier-Waghorn link-up and the latter cuts into the penalty box and his curling drive goes a few feet past the far upright.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Another free-kick just outside the box for Rangers and it is James Tavernier's turn to sending a dipping drive just over the St Mirren crossbar.

Former St Mirren manager Gary Teale on BBC Radio Scotland

"I think Ian Murray has asked his players to get closer to Rangers and it has interrupted their flow. Credit to his half-time team talk."

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Nearly a goal made in Wigan as James Tavernier's cross is met by Martyn Waghorn, but the striker peers in dismay as his header squirms wide of the far post.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Andy Halliday squanders a chance to threaten for Rangers, firing a left-foot free-kick a few yards over the crossbar from just outside the penalty box.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Stephen Thompson fires his penalty over Rangers' crossbar
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St Mirren captain Stephen Thompson fired his penalty over Rangers' crossbar and was then substituted

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Calum Gallagher comes on for St Mirren captain Stephen Thompson, the young striker making his debut days after leaving tonight's opponents.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

St Mirren defender Jack Baird goes into the book for a sliding challenge in that last move on Lee Wallace, with the Rangers captain needing treatment.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Nicky Clark misses a good chance to stretch Rangers' lead as he latches on to a ball from Lee Wallace, but the striker's low drive is knocked clear by the foot of goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Rangers are continuing to knock on the door and Martyn Waghorn finds no takers with a ball across the six yard box after the striker reaches the by-line with a thrusting run.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

St Mirren goalscorer Cameron Howieson is hooked this time, with Lewis Morgan coming into the visitors' midfield.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Rangers make a couple of changes, with Dean Shiels and Nicky Clark coming on for Jason Holt and Tom Walsh. Forward-thinking switches by Mark Warburton.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Boosted by that let-off, Rangers race to the other end and Andy Halliday fires powerfully straight at goalkeeper Mark Ridgers from 20 yards. Jack Baird then makes a terrific challenge to take the ball off the feet of Martyn Waghorn as the striker bore down on goal.

MISSED PENALTY

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

While one captain has scored twice at one end, his opposite number blows a chance to level the game. Stephen Thompson, who scored in the Petrofac Training Cup against Berwick Rangers, steps up to take the spot kick but hits it so high over the crossbar that it is halfway to Paisley.

PENALTY

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Paul McMullan is tripped by Rangers' James Tavernier.

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Stephen Hay: "How many players in the Rangers starting XI are from the McCoist era?" I make it four. Big change in personnel.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Paul McMullan is looking lively for St Mirren and his thrusting run gives Stevie Mallan a sight at goal and the midfielder's powerful drive from 22 yards takes a deflection over the crossbar.

KICK-OFF

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Rangers kick off for the second half and are immediately into the St Mirren penalty area and winning a corner.

Lee Wallace fires his second goal past Mark Ridgers
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Lee Wallace fired his second goal past Mark Ridgers

Former St Mirren manager Gary Teale on BBC Radio Scotland

"I think it is down to the personnel for Rangers. It is the pace of Tavernier on one side and Wallace on the other, who seems to have got his confidence back, and given them a new dimension. St Mirren need to press that bit quicker. There might be a personnel change at half time to get people in behind Rangers."

HALF-TIME

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

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Calum Robertson: "Filling the Gers from @Auckland_NZ. Fantastic start." I assume you were cheering when the New Zealander scored for St Mirren!

Daniel Kelly: "I've only gone and done it again! Switch over, and guess who? Lee Wallace again! Get in Rangers!"

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Lee Wallace is in inspirational form for Rangers and sets up Tom Walsh and the young midfielder lashes a drive just over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box.

Lee Wallace (right) celebrates his double for Rangers
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Captain Lee Wallace (right) has scored both Rangers goals

GREAT SAVE!

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Jason Holt forces a one-handed save from St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers at the near post with a shot on the turn.

Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

Another of Rangers' new signings, Martyn Waghorn, puts in what looks like a two-footed, studs first challenge, but the referee waves play on and the former Wigan striker lashes a thunderbolt just over the crossbar from 20 yards.