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Rangers 3-0 Forfar Athletic

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Ibrox
Rangers were 3-0 winners at Ibrox

A laboured performance eventually delivered an emphatic result for Rangers against a workmanlike Forfar.

The score reflected the home side's domination of possession, but not the blunt nature of so much of their play.

A rare moment of quality saw Ian Black thunder in a second-half strike, which pierced the growing tension.

Further goals from Bilel Mohsni and Dean Shiels, both from headers, ensured that the closing stages, at least, were comfortable for Rangers.

A subdued mood had to first be overcome. Losing to Dundee United in the Scottish Cup semi-final three days before had robbed Rangers' season of the last of its truly meaningful assignments.

There is pride left to play for, as well as an unbeaten league record to defend, but the campaign will now amble to a close for the Ibrox side.

Forfar could still theoretically reach the play-offs, so at least had something tangible to play for. The crowd at Ibrox was underwhelmed, and the encounter on the field was unable to stir a sense of excitement.

The players went through the motions, but although there was plenty of effort, quality and composure did not take their place in either line-up.

Individuals could still stand out. Jon Daly endured the kind of game that saw team-mates come to console him during breaks in the play. During the first half, he headed wide from a corner kick then slashed an effort off target from near the penalty spot; after the interval, he could not make full contact with a Richard Foster cross, so failed to convert from close range.

Others were culpable, too, although Nicky Clark was full of running and Steven Smith hit a couple of long-range free-kicks that made the Forfar goalkeeper Darren Hill work.

These were rare moments of interest, and it was telling that the loudest cheers of the night were reserved for when Marvin Andrews, the Forfar substitute and former Rangers defender, warmed up on the touchline.

Forfar were limited opponents - it took until the 83rd minute for them to muster a shot on target - but Rangers had to first overcome their own mundane play.

The sense of frustration might have contributed to Rangers' eventual breakthrough, though, since Black took it upon himself to try to be decisive. Receiving the ball 30 yards from goal, he simply lashed it into the top corner with his left foot.

The introduction of Fraser Aird brought some dynamism to Rangers' play - one run down the right drew applause from around Ibrox - and the raised spirits brought reward.

When Shiels' cross bounced off the face of the crossbar, Mohsni was on hand to nod in from two yards. Aird then crossed for Shiels to convert with a header.

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Simonsen
  • 2FosterBooked at 20mins
  • 5Smith
  • 8BlackSubstituted forHuttonat 85'minutes
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Mohsni
  • 4Peralta SosaSubstituted forAirdat 74'minutes
  • 11Law
  • 9Daly
  • 7ClarkSubstituted forCrawfordat 87'minutes
  • 10ShielsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 12Aird
  • 14Crawford
  • 15Hutton
  • 16Gallacher
  • 17Faure
  • 18Sanchez Cribari
  • 19Hegarty

Forfar

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Hill
  • 2Baxter
  • 3Campbell
  • 4Dale
  • 5Malcolm
  • 6DodsBooked at 62mins
  • 7Kader
  • 10FuscoBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMalinat 76'minutes
  • 9TemplemanSubstituted forCampbellat 76'minutes
  • 8Duggan
  • 11HilsonBooked at 71minsSubstituted forFotheringhamat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Campbell
  • 14Andrews
  • 15Fotheringham
  • 16Malin
  • 17Gibson
  • 18McLelland
  • 20Salmon
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
39,704

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamForfar
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Nicky Clark.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Hutton replaces Ian Black.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fraser Aird.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  12. Post update

    Steven Smith (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Martyn Fotheringham replaces Dale Hilson.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Gary Fusco.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Ross Campbell replaces Christopher Templeman.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 2, Forfar Athletic 0. Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Shiels.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Fraser Aird replaces Arnold Peralta because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers32302096168092
2Dunfermline331841164511358
3Stranraer33139115351248
4Ayr32136135758-145
5Stenhousemuir331112105359-645
6Forfar33117155055-540
7Brechin33106175266-1436
8Airdrieonians3399154155-1436
9East Fife3395192861-3332
10Arbroath3384214971-2228
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