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Rangers 3-1 Dumbarton

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland

Rangers recorded their first win under new manager Kenny McDowall with a narrow victory over Dumbarton.

The home side were ultimately deserving of the three points but started in shaky fashion, falling behind to Andy Graham's goal.

They turned things round before the break through Jon Daly and Lee Wallace.

The third goal from Dean Shiels did not materialise until the dying seconds after Dumbarton had given everything in search of an equaliser.

But they were unable to add to Rangers' recent on-field misery and were punished on the breakaway by that Shiels counter.

With a better crowd at Ibrox, probably at least in part a reflection of the past week's share purchases by Dave King and another group of Rangers-supporting businessmen, the players were able to reward them with a victory.

Jon Daly scores for Rangers
Daly drew Rangers level after Graham's early opener

But a customary edginess typified Rangers' performance early in the game and Dumbarton were worthy of the lead when Graham prodded home.

The defender got on the end of a Colin Nish knockdown from Scott Agnew's corner to poke into the net.

Nish perhaps should have done better than head straight at Steve Simonsen moments later and Dumbarton were punished almost immediately as Stevie Smith's wonderful cross took a deflection on to Daly's chest, which diverted the ball past Danny Rogers and into the net.

Rangers began to ease into the game and were good value for their second goal, which was a well-taken drive from the edge of the box by Wallace.

But as the game wore on and Rangers failed to find a third goal, Dumbarton's belief that they could snatch an equaliser grew.

They heaped pressure on Simonsen's goal, albeit without really forcing a save from the keeper.

And as they mounted one last push, they were caught on the break by Shiels, who sealed the points.

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Simonsen
  • 23Foster
  • 24McGregor
  • 6McCulloch
  • 5Wallace
  • 11TempletonSubstituted forAirdat 75'minutes
  • 20Hutton
  • 7Law
  • 2SmithSubstituted forShielsat 81'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forClarkat 74'minutes
  • 9Daly

Substitutes

  • 4Aird
  • 8Black
  • 14Clark
  • 15Boyd
  • 16Faure
  • 22Shiels
  • 25Robinson

Dumbarton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Rogers
  • 2van ZantenSubstituted forTaggartat 80'minutes
  • 4GrahamBooked at 90mins
  • 5MairBooked at 73mins
  • 3LintonBooked at 38mins
  • 8Agnew
  • 14FlemingSubstituted forGilhaneyat 70'minutes
  • 6Turner
  • 20CampbellSubstituted forMegginsonat 70'minutes
  • 23Kane
  • 9NishBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 7Gilhaney
  • 10Megginson
  • 12Taggart
  • 15McCallum
  • 19Ewings
  • 25Whitefield
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
30,031

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 3, Dumbarton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Dumbarton 1.

  3. Booking

    Andy Graham (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 3, Dumbarton 1. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Clark.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christopher Kane (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christopher Kane (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christopher Kane (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Fraser Aird (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mitchel Megginson (Dumbarton).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Agnew (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Scott Agnew (Dumbarton).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Turner (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Mitchel Megginson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Steven Smith.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Scott Taggart replaces David van Zanten.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David van Zanten.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

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