Scottish Championship
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Rangers 3-1 Dumbarton

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Rangers 3, Dumbarton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Dumbarton 1.

Booking

Andy Graham (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

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.

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

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

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

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

Foul by Mitchel Megginson (Dumbarton).

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

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

Foul by Scott Agnew (Dumbarton).

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

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Steven Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Scott Taggart replaces David van Zanten.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David van Zanten.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Fraser Aird replaces David Templeton.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Lee Mair (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Mair (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Mitchel Megginson replaces Archie Campbell.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Mark Gilhaney replaces Garry Fleming.

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Colin Nish (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Colin Nish (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. David Templeton (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kyle Hutton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Colin Nish (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by David van Zanten (Dumbarton).

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1916304793851
2Rangers19122541202138
3Hibernian1995534191532
4Queen of Sth1995534241032
5Falkirk198562423129
6Raith Rovers197392136-1524
7Dumbarton196492039-1922
8Cowdenbeath1942131842-2414
9Alloa1934121630-1413
10Livingston1933131730-137
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