Match ends, Rangers 2, East Fife 0.
Rangers forward Dean Shiels scored twice on a rare start as Ally McCoist's men continued their charge with a comfortable win against East Fife.
Shiels has been linked with a move away from Ibrox, with McCoist and chief executive Graham Wallace looking to trim back on the club's expenditure.
But the 28-year-old showed his worth by netting either side of the interval.
And Rangers' 17-point lead over second-placed Dunfermline at the top of League One is maintained.
Those in attendance observed a minute's silence for former Rangers player Ian Redford - a team-mate of McCoist - who died on Friday.
An energetic Rangers start to the game resulted in an early bombardment of the East Fife goal with Andy Little shooting wide as early as the first minute.
Fraser Aird was denied by a defensive block, before Little was denied off the line by Fifers man Gary Thom.
From the resulting Aird corner-kick, the ball trickled through to Shiels who made an instant impact, lashing home with his right foot with the help of a deflection.
After weathering the early storm, Gary Naysmith's side settled and became more assured in possession in midfield with former Rangers man Stephen Hughes returning to his old stomping ground.
The Fifers created an excellent opportunity after 25 minutes with Bilel Mohsni stretching out a long leg to block Liam Buchanan, while winger Ross Brown found the side-netting with the rebounding ball.
Rangers ended the half on the front foot with top-scorer Jon Daly blowing a one-on-one opportunity with Fifers goalkeeper Greg Paterson.
The biggest cheer of the afternoon arrived at the half-time interval with both sets of supporters showing their support for Fernando Ricksen who is battling motor neurone disease.
After 54 minutes, Buchanan struck wide for the Fifers and on the hour mark, Bell produced a top-drawer save to prevent Gary Fisher from scoring a deserved leveller for the away side.
As the home fans grew restless - and as McCoist prepared a substitution - Rangers worked a neat second goal after 63 minutes as Little combined intelligently with Shiels who blasted high into the net.
- 10ShielsSubstituted forCrawfordat 78'minutes
- 7LittleBooked at 6mins
- 15Sanchez Cribari
- 4ThomBooked at 42mins
- 10HendersonSubstituted forClarkeat 72'minutesSubstituted forBarrat 80'minutes
- 7BrownSubstituted forDurieat 69'minutes
- Don Robertson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Rangers 2, East Fife 0.
Foul by Robert Crawford (Rangers).
Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).
Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Pat Clarke (East Fife).
Substitution, East Fife. Lewis Barr replaces Pat Clarke because of an injury.
Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Dean Shiels.
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Lee Wallace.
Attempt blocked. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Blair Henderson.
Attempt saved. Sebastien Faure (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Durie.
Nicky Law (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.