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Livingston 0-1 Rangers

Lewis Macleod marked his Rangers return with a magnificent overhead kick winner as the Ibrox side edged out Livingston.

The midfielder missed the last two weeks due to injury but took only eight minutes to make an impact, providing an acrobatic finish at the back post from Ian Black's lofted pass.

Rangers had chances to add to their tally but had to settle for one goal.

The result got the Ibrox men back to winning ways following their 3-1 defeat by Hibernian on Tuesday night.

That performance had left the Rangers faithful furious and their mood would have worsened if Livi's Danny Mullen had scored instead of firing over the bar after breaking through the visiting defence early on.

Macleod, however, eased any nerves in Ally McCoist's side with his sublime goal, showing no ill-effects from his recent ankle problems to beat goalkeeper Darren Jamieson.

Livi were forced into an early change after Craig Sives appeared to be knocked out cold when Nicky Law smashed a powerful shot straight into the defender's face from point-blank range, with Gary Glen on as his replacement.

Rangers went in 1-0 up at the break but a flashpoint among their fans in the stands during the opening 45 minutes would have been an unwelcome sight for club officials.

On the park, the visitors should have doubled their advantage early in the second period, but Kris Boyd's miserable luck in front of goal continued.

Rangers' Ian Black heads the ball off the line following a Jordan White effort
Rangers' Ian Black heads the ball off the line following a Jordan White effort

The former Scotland striker has yet to net in the league this season but thought his wait was over when Nicky Clark and Richard Foster combined to lay it on a plate for him six yards out.

Boyd's mortifying fresh-air swipe, however, summed up his afternoon and it was no surprise when he was hooked for Jon Daly soon after.

Clark had a bad miss of his own as he fired over from Lee Wallace's deep cross to the back post.

A stunning save by Jamieson was required to keep out McCulloch's volley from 10 yards with Rangers in full command by this point.

However, they were almost pegged back when Callum Fordyce crashed a 30-yard volley into the side-netting after an hour, while Jordan White screwed one wide soon after.

There was another scare when Black had to clear off his own goal-line after White looped a header over goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.

But Clark and Daly missed further chances to add gloss to the scoreline in the final 10 minutes as Rangers crawled over the line.

Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jamieson
  • 6Jacobs
  • 2SivesSubstituted forGlenat 27'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 5Fordyce
  • 3Talbot
  • 17McKenna
  • 7Jacobs
  • 8O'BrienSubstituted forOglebyat 86'minutes
  • 20MullenBooked at 63minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 74'minutes
  • 18White
  • 31Rutherford

Substitutes

  • 9Ogleby
  • 10Robertson
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 15Praprotnik
  • 19Glen
  • 21Grant
  • 27Burchill

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23Foster
  • 26ZaliukasSubstituted forMcGregorat 45'minutes
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5WallaceBooked at 7mins
  • 4AirdSubstituted forTempletonat 73'minutes
  • 7Law
  • 8Black
  • 10MacleodBooked at 60mins
  • 14Clark
  • 15BoydSubstituted forDalyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 9Daly
  • 11Templeton
  • 16Faure
  • 22Shiels
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Robinson
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
5,924

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Livingston 0, Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Rangers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael McKenna (Livingston).

  4. Post update

    Lewis Macleod (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Robert Ogleby replaces Burton O'Brien.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Keaghan Jacobs.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Livingston).

  8. Post update

    Darren McGregor (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Callum Fordyce (Livingston).

  11. Post update

    Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

  13. Post update

    Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Michael McKenna (Livingston).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Jason Talbot (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Myles Hippolyte replaces Daniel Mullen.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Jacobs (Livingston) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. David Templeton replaces Fraser Aird.