Scottish League One

Rangers 3-0 Stranraer

By Keir MurrayBBC Sport Scotland
Fraser Aird celebrates his goal

Champions Rangers eased past the 100-point mark in Scottish League One with victory over Stranraer, whose play-off ambitions are now under threat.

The match will be remembered mostly for the minute's silence for former player Sandy Jardine, who died on Thursday.

But there were football highlights too, with Fraser Aird the key figure.

The young Canadian smashed Rangers ahead from 16 yards in the first half and Arnold Peralta and Dean Shiels added to the margin of victory.

The match itself was of limited importance to the home side, with Ally McCoist's team having cruised to the League One title on 12 March.

However, for Stranraer, there was the imperative of securing their play-off place, a position made less certain by their run of eight games without a win before kick-off.

The visitors formed a guard of honour for an unchanged Rangers side from the one that beat Ayr United in midweek.

That preceded the minute's silence for Jardine.

It was a hugely powerful 60 seconds as the 46,000 supporters remembered the contribution Jardine had made to Rangers with such elan on the pitch and dignity off it.

And, perhaps, with the stadium hushed and the faithful gathered, some fans will have stolen a moment to ponder how a club displaying such unity and strength can once again find itself in

A fan pays tribute to Rangers great Sandy Jardine, who died on Thursday
A fan pays tribute to Rangers great Sandy Jardine, who died on Thursday

Before any serious attempt at goal, the Rangers fans chanted "There's only one Sandy Jardine" in the second minute to mark the number two jersey worn by the former player.

Rangers generally looked composed but somewhat sluggish in the first half and their dominance was rewarded eight minutes from the break, though Stranraer had grown in confidence as the game had evolved.

Steven Smith advanced from his left back area to cross for Rangers centre forward Jon Daly, who watched as his header was saved comfortably by David Mitchell.

The Stranraer goalkeeper had to work harder for his second save, diving sharply to his left to parry a powerful low Shiels shot from 18 yards.

Daly had a shot that deflected off David MacGregor and clipped the top of the crossbar before Rangers took the lead.

Nicky Law's pass from a central advanced position found Aird, who quickly cut in from the left and hammered home his seventh goal of the season with a shot from 16 yards that gave the keeper no chance.

Stranraer, in yellow, had a fabulous chance to pull level as half-time neared. Sean Winter nipped in ahead of Peralta to head on a corner across the six-yard box, where Frank McKeown knocked the ball over the bar.

The home side stepped up the pace in the second half, with Aird instrumental in the improvement.

The Stranraer players form a guard of honour for Scottish League One winners Rangers
The Stranraer players form a guard of honour for Scottish League One winners Rangers

On the hour mark, the young Canadian slid a perfect pass to the Honduran Peralta, who advanced deep into the Stranraer box and finished assuredly for his first Rangers goal.

Aird almost made it three when, showing the same sense of urgency as with his opening goal, he controlled a pass and hit a dipping shot from 25 yards that flew a fraction past the post.

Shiels netted his 10th goal of the season when he headed Smith's perfect cross at goal only for Mitchell to make an acrobatic save, but the Northern Irishmen was alert to the rebound and, despite lying on the turf, he swung his leg to knock the ball over the line.

Substitute Kyle Hutton almost made it four when he thumped a long-range shot off the bar with three minutes remaining.

For Rangers, who were presented with the league trophy after the match, it was their 33rd win in 35 league games. With two draws from their other matches, they now sit on 101 points.

Stranraer boss Stevie Aitken must galvanise his players in next week's final league match at home to Forfar Athletic to ensure they are in the promotion play-offs, with Ayr and Stenhousemuir pressing them hard.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bell
  • 2Foster
  • 5Smith
  • 7Peralta Sosa
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3MohsniSubstituted forSanchez Cribariat 77'minutes
  • 4Aird
  • 8BlackSubstituted forHuttonat 70'minutes
  • 9DalySubstituted forClarkat 70'minutes
  • 10Shiels
  • 11Law


  • 12Clark
  • 14Hutton
  • 15Faure
  • 16Simonsen
  • 17Sanchez Cribari
  • 18Crawford
  • 19Gallagher


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Mitchell
  • 2RobertsonSubstituted forStirlingat 70'minutes
  • 3DochertySubstituted forKinnairdat 85'minutes
  • 11Stirling
  • 4MacGregor
  • 5McKeown
  • 7Winter
  • 6GallagherBooked at 76mins
  • 9GrehanSubstituted forMcKennaat 64'minutes
  • 10Longworth
  • 8BorrisBooked at 86mins


  • 12McKenna
  • 14Forde
  • 15Stirling
  • 16Kinnaird
  • 17Rumsby
  • 20Fahey
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Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamStranraer
Shots on Target

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 3, Stranraer 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Stranraer 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Borris (Stranraer) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

  7. Post update

    Sean Winter (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David Mitchell.

  9. Post update

    Kyle Hutton (Rangers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  10. Booking

    Ryan Borris (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Steven Smith (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Borris (Stranraer).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stranraer. Lloyd Kinnaird replaces Mark Docherty.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Sean Winter (Stranraer) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frank McKeown (Stranraer) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Emilson Cribari replaces Bilel Mohsni.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Clark (Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Stephen Stirling (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Booking

    Grant Gallagher (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card.

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