Scottish League One
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Ayr United 0-2 Rangers

Rangers claimed their ninth successive win in all competitions after surviving a stern examination at Ayr United.

Kevin Kyle, Craig Malcolm and Michael Donald all came close as Ayr pressed in the first half.

But Fraser Aird's cross was diverted into the net by Nicky Law to give Ally McCoist's side the lead just after the break.

And Jon Daly headed home Lee Wallace's delivery to seal all three points for the visitors.

The win keeps Rangers 23 points clear at the top of the division with 12 matches to play.

However, it was the Honest Men who looked the more likely side in the first half with former Ibrox striker Kyle testing goalkeeper Cammy Bell early on.

Bell also denied Malcolm and Donald as Ayr sought to punish any uncertainty in a reshuffled Rangers defence.

The visitors responded and Aird fired against the crossbar before setting up the opening goal in the early moments of the second period.

Ayr did not clear their lines, allowing Aird to send in a cross for Law to bundle home.

And, after Malcolm went close with another effort for the hosts, Daly beat David Hutton to Wallace's cross for Rangers' second.

Hutton then blocked Andy Little's attempt as McCoist's men finished strongly.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Hutton
  • 2HunterBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pope
  • 6GilmourBooked at 48mins
  • 5LithgowBooked at 66mins
  • 4McLaughlin
  • 7CrawfordSubstituted forShanklandat 63'minutes
  • 8MalcolmBooked at 22mins
  • 9Forrest
  • 10KyleSubstituted forMcGowanat 75'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 11Donald

Substitutes

  • 12Campbell
  • 14McGowan
  • 15Longridge
  • 16Marenghi
  • 17Wardrope
  • 18Shankland
  • 19Newman

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 2Foster
  • 5Wallace
  • 8Black
  • 6Faure
  • 3Sanchez Cribari
  • 4Aird
  • 11Law
  • 10ShielsSubstituted forLittleat 70'minutes
  • 9Daly
  • 7TempletonSubstituted forPeralta Sosaat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Crawford
  • 14Little
  • 15Peralta Sosa
  • 16Simonsen
  • 17Smith
  • 18Telfer
  • 19Halkett
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
8,449

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 0, Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, Rangers 2.

Attempt missed. Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Booking

Adam Hunter (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Hunter (Ayr United).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Attempt saved. Andrew Little (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Arnold Peralta replaces David Templeton.

Booking

Michael McGowan (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael McGowan (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Michael McGowan replaces Kevin Kyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andrew Little replaces Dean Shiels.

Attempt saved. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Adam Hunter (Ayr United).

David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Mark Shankland replaces Robbie Crawford.

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emilson Cribari (Rangers).

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 0, Rangers 2. Jon Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Wallace.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Cameron Bell.

Attempt saved. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Robbie Crawford.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David Hutton.

Booking

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 0, Rangers 1. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fraser Aird.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ayr United 0, Rangers 0.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers24231078116770
2Dunfermline24152754411347
3Stranraer22106640301036
4Ayr2410684043-336
5Brechin2594124148-731
6Stenhousemuir2477103346-1328
7Forfar2375113536-126
8East Fife2473142146-2524
9Airdrieonians2455142748-2120
10Arbroath2453163353-2018
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