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Dumbarton 0-3 Rangers

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at the Bet Butler Stadium

Rangers backed up crucial news off the field with an important win on it against Dumbarton.

Hours after a deal was agreed to keep Rangers solvent, Lee McCulloch's angst at seeing his penalty saved was eased by Kenny Miller putting Rangers ahead.

But for a misplaced Mark Gilhaney cut-back to Colin Nish, Dumbarton could have earlier been ahead.

Lee Wallace's low, swept finish and Kris Boyd's header wrapped up the victory in the second half.

A fourth win in a row for Ally McCoist's men reduces the gap on Scottish Championship leaders Hearts to six points, for 24 hours at least.

Rangers will hope Hibernian can take points from Sunday's Edinburgh derby.

But even if they do not, many associated with the Ibrox side will just be glad the £2m loan from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has ensured possible administration is avoided.

Dumbarton, managed by former Rangers player Ian Murray, go four games without a win, but should have taken the lead in an encounter played largely in wind and rain.

Rangers' Lee McCulloch has a a penalty saved
McCulloch's penalty attempt was saved by Danny Rogers

Gilhaney robbed McCulloch of possession on the byline and looked to tee up Nish, but the pass was played behind the tall striker and the chance was gone.

Rangers went right up the other end and got a penalty.

Referee Andrew Dallas believed Dumbarton right-back David van Zanten had bundled Wallace over, much to the anger of the home fans, who felt it was soft.

However, on-loan Aberdeen goalkeeper Danny Rogers dived low to his left to deny McCulloch a sixth goal of the season.

The delight of the Dumbarton supporters did not last long, though, when Miller grabbed his third of the campaign two minutes later.

He hit Stevie Smith's low cross high into the net from a couple of yards out.

One further Nish header aside, Dumbarton failed to trouble Steve Simonsen in the Rangers goalmouth, leaving Wallace and Boyd to make the points safe.

Wallace's 12-yard finish was impressive after a run from deep and exchange of passes with Miller, while Boyd showed good technique to rise and head in another precise Smith delivery.

Kris Boyd scores for Rangers against Dumbarton
Boyd headed Rangers' third of the match

Line-ups

Dumbarton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Rogers
  • 2van ZantenBooked at 43minsSubstituted forCampbellat 67'minutes
  • 4Graham
  • 5Mair
  • 3Linton
  • 7Gilhaney
  • 10MegginsonSubstituted forTurnerat 79'minutes
  • 8Agnew
  • 11KirkpatrickSubstituted forMacDonaldat 35'minutes
  • 14FlemingBooked at 41mins
  • 9Nish

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 16McLaughlin
  • 18McDougall
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Campbell
  • 22MacDonald

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23Foster
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5Wallace
  • 4Aird
  • 7Law
  • 10Macleod
  • 2SmithSubstituted forTempletonat 76'minutes
  • 15BoydSubstituted forDalyat 82'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forClarkat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Daly
  • 11Templeton
  • 14Clark
  • 16Faure
  • 20Hutton
  • 22Shiels
  • 25Robinson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
1,850

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dumbarton 0, Rangers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Rangers 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andy Graham.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Lee Mair.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Andy Graham (Dumbarton).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Macleod (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Jon Daly replaces Kris Boyd.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mark Gilhaney (Dumbarton).

  14. Post update

    Richard Foster (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Chris Turner replaces Mitchel Megginson because of an injury.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. David Templeton replaces Steven Smith.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Dumbarton 0, Rangers 3. Kris Boyd (Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Smith with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Mitchel Megginson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

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