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Scottish League One: Forfar Athletic 0-2 Rangers

By Clive LindsayBBC Scotland Sport

Two late goals broke Forfar Athletic's resistance as Rangers stretched their League One lead to 20 points.

The Ibrox side's 14th successive away win came days after the club's financial problems resurfaced with the players refusing a pay cut.

And they struggled for any fluency against their part-time opponents.

A Stuart Malcolm header had struck the visitors' crossbar before Bilel Mohsni rose to break the deadlock and David Templeton supplied a sublime finish.

Rangers' unbeaten run was stretched to 26 games, but it was no formality until that second goal settled the match with a couple of minutes remaining.

Steve Simonsen had earned his first appearance for Rangers since arriving from Dundee in the summer, with first-choice goalkeeper Cammy Bell having been given the night off to attend the birth of his daughter.

Jon Daly and Bilel Mohsni celebrate at Station Park
Mohsni (bottom) scored his seventh goal since joining Rangers

He might not have expected to be too busy considering the 33-point gap separating the sides before kick-off.

But, despite having since been thrashed 6-1 at Ibrox, Forfar remain the only team to have defeated Rangers this season, beating them 2-1 in Angus in the League Cup in August.

Indeed, Forfar went close to making the breakthrough after only three minutes when Martyn Fotheringham's deep cross was kept in play by Malcolm and the defender's header across the face of goal came off the top of the crossbar.

Rangers responded as Nicky Law controlled the ball on his chest before firing an 18-yard volley that would have crept under the crossbar if former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas had not stretched his 41-year-old frame to turn it over for a corner.

The visitors appealed for a penalty following a challenge by Darren Dods, but it looked like full-back Lee Wallace had merely ran into the veteran defender.

A superb 16-yard volley from Gavin Swankie forced a good block by Simonsen, while a fine double save at the other end by Douglas denied Fraser Aird and Mohsni.

The second half descended into a plethora of niggly fouls and yellow cards until Rangers captain Lee McCulloch blasted in a free-kick that took a slight deflection before skimming the top of the crossbar.

Rangers finally ramped up the pressure against a side seeking a third straight win to reduce the gap between themselves and fourth-placed Ayr United before Mohsni rose to head an Aird corner in off the back post with 15 minutes remaining.

Forfar were denied an equaliser when Simonsen superbly touched the ball on to the crossbar and over after a Mohsni header deflected back towards goal off the shoulder of team-mate Wallace.

Simonsen was beaten by a superb free-kick from Dale Hilson, but the Cristiano Ronaldo-style strike bent just wide of the far post.

Rangers raced up the other end immediately to settle the game when substitute Templeton drifted inside two markers before unleashing an unstoppable 20-yard drive past Douglas.

Line-ups

Forfar

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Douglas
  • 2FuscoBooked at 51minsSubstituted forBaxterat 58'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 3CampbellBooked at 58mins
  • 6Faeroe
  • 4Dods
  • 5Malcolm
  • 7KaderSubstituted forMalinat 72'minutes
  • 8FotheringhamSubstituted forCampbellat 86'minutes
  • 9Templeman
  • 11Hilson
  • 10SwankieBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 12Campbell
  • 14Andrews
  • 15Malin
  • 16Baxter
  • 17McCabe
  • 18Dale
  • 20Hill

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Simonsen
  • 4FaureBooked at 29mins
  • 5WallaceBooked at 62mins
  • 2Foster
  • 6McCullochBooked at 30mins
  • 3MohsniBooked at 38mins
  • 7Aird
  • 11LawBooked at 90mins
  • 9Daly
  • 8ShielsSubstituted forTempletonat 71'minutes
  • 10MacLeod

Substitutes

  • 12Little
  • 14Sanchez Cribari
  • 15Templeton
  • 16Gallacher
  • 17Crawford
  • 18Murdoch
  • 19Telfer
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,067

Match Stats

Home TeamForfarAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away14
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  2. Post update

    Match ends, Forfar Athletic 0, Rangers 2.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 0, Rangers 2.

  4. Booking

    Nicky Law (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Fraser Aird (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Iain Campbell (Forfar Athletic).

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Forfar Athletic 0, Rangers 2. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Iain Campbell (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Ross Campbell replaces Martyn Fotheringham.

  14. Booking

    Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mark Baxter (Forfar Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Steve Simonsen.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Richard Foster.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 20th January 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers2120107186361
2Dunfermline21132645351041
3Stranraer19103637271033
4Ayr219573638-232
5Forfar207493129225
6Brechin2174103342-925
7Stenhousemuir2174103043-1325
8East Fife2062121738-2120
9Arbroath2152142846-1817
10Airdrieonians2143142345-2215
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