Scottish Championship
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Rangers 6-1 Raith Rovers

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Ibrox

Rangers ensured Hearts' lead at the top of the Championship remained in single figures with a largely comfortable victory over Raith Rovers.

It was one of the Ibrox side's more fluent performances of the season.

A Lee McCulloch header and Nicky Law shot on the turn got the ball rolling.

Martin Scott pulled a goal back at the start of the second half but Kenny Miller drilled in Rangers' third, Kris Boyd curled in a fourth and Jon Daly rounded things off.

Manager Ally McCoist had described the 4-0 win against the same opponents at Stark's Park earlier this season as Rangers' best of the season, but the return fixture at Ibrox might also now be a contender.

Against a backdrop of continuing off-field headlines over who may or may not be buying into the financially-stricken outfit, the Rangers players managed to concentrate on the job in hand.

Central to most of what was good about their play was the figure of Lewis MacLeod, who continues to stand out as a beacon of hope.

Lee McCulloch scores for Rangers against Raith Rovers
McCulloch started Rangers' win with an early header

It was he who curled in the corner for McCulloch's flashing close-range header, which opened the scoring for the home side.

He continued to dictate the tempo for Ally McCoist's side, seemingly dragging his team-mates' performances up as he did so.

It was a spot of quick-thinking from Boyd that brought about Rangers' second. The striker was fouled and took the free-kick immediately, finding Miller, who in turn picked out the run of Law.

The Englishman pirouetted and fired the ball past Ross Laidlaw to give Rangers a cushion as they went into the break.

But just as Rangers were looking comfortable, Raith Rovers threatened a comeback as Grant Anderson nodded across goal and Scott's header was too powerful for Steve Simonsen to keep out.

That just riled Rangers though and Miller went straight up the other end to drive in from close range and restore the two-goal lead.

Then Boyd ended his wait for a league goal this season, with some considerable help from the goalkeeper, who somehow let his curled shot through his grasp and into the net.

The strength of Rangers' squad was underlined as they brought on Daly, Nicky Clark and David Templeton as substitutes and Daly added two to the goal tally, twice getting on the end of Richard Foster crosses to cap a very impressive display.

Rangers players celebrating
Boyd (far left) broke his Scottish Championship duck

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23FosterBooked at 81mins
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5Wallace
  • 4Aird
  • 8Black
  • 7Law
  • 10MacleodSubstituted forTempletonat 74'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forClarkat 71'minutes
  • 15BoydSubstituted forDalyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 9Daly
  • 11Templeton
  • 14Clark
  • 16Faure
  • 22Shiels
  • 25Robinson

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 17Laidlaw
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Watson
  • 24EllisSubstituted forPerryat 88'minutes
  • 23McKeown
  • 14ConroySubstituted forVaughanat 82'minutes
  • 6FoxSubstituted forCallachanat 75'minutes
  • 8MoonBooked at 32mins
  • 7Anderson
  • 11Scott
  • 9Stewart

Substitutes

  • 3Perry
  • 5Hill
  • 12Callachan
  • 16Vaughan
  • 20McGurn
  • 30Robertson
  • 31Matthews
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
33,956

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home26
Away15
Shots on Target
Home15
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 6, Raith Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 6, Raith Rovers 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 6, Raith Rovers 1. Jon Daly (Rangers) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Foster.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Perry replaces Laurie Ellis because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 5, Raith Rovers 1. Jon Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Foster.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Lewis Vaughan replaces Ryan Conroy.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  12. Booking

    Richard Foster (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

  14. Post update

    Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Martin Scott (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

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