Scottish League Cup - First Round
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Rangers 3-0 Peterhead

James Tavernier celebrates scoring for Rangers
James Tavernier set up one and scored another

Rangers eased into the second round of the Scottish League Cup with victory over Peterhead.

It took until shortly before half-time for the Championship side to take the lead, with David Templeton firing in from a low Barrie McKay cross.

The League One visitors rarely threatened, but it was not until the final quarter that Rangers' dominance exerted itself.

Kenny Miller finished a cut back from James Tavernier, who fired the third.

In what was manager Mark Warburton's competitive bow at Ibrox, Rangers continued the scoring form they showed in last week's 6-2 drubbing of promotion rivals Hibernian in the Petrofac Training Cup.

Like that Easter Road display, the Glasgow side took their time building up a rhythm.

The link-up was intricate but not always accurate, while the finishing could have been sharper.

Nicky Law came close with a header after 25 minutes, while former Rangers goalkeeper Graeme Smith denied Lee Wallace.

Templeton put his side ahead as he steered the ball into the corner of the net after being teed up by McKay.

Rangers' Andy Halliday and opposition striker Rory McAlister clashed on the touchline as the game nearer the break, but referee Greg Aitken took no action.

As the home side surged forward in the second half, Ryan Strachan cleared Martyn Waghorn's deflected shot off the line.

The striker and McKay both missed chances to add to the lead and Smith denied Dean Shiels a certain goal with another fine save,

A second goal did arrive when substitute Miller finished off at the back post after Travernier had burst into the box to cross.

Waghorn's curling effort from 20 yards was stopped by the left post and it was Travernier who put a gloss on the scoreline as he thumped past Smith with eight minutes left.

David Templeton (left) celebrates opening the scoring
David Templeton (left) opened the scoring

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 22Shiels
  • 16Halliday
  • 7LawSubstituted forHoltat 58'minutes
  • 19McKaySubstituted forClarkat 71'minutes
  • 33WaghornBooked at 56mins
  • 11TempletonSubstituted forMillerat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 14Clark
  • 20Aird
  • 23Holt
  • 26Zaliukas
  • 32Kelly
  • 48Walsh

Peterhead

  • 1Smith
  • 2Blockley
  • 5Ross
  • 4Strachan
  • 3Noble
  • 7StevensonSubstituted forMcIntoshat 54'minutes
  • 11BrownSubstituted forFerriesat 67'minutes
  • 8RedmanSubstituted forRodgersat 76'minutes
  • 10Sutherland
  • 6Dzierzawski
  • 9McAllisterBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 12McIntosh
  • 14Rodgers
  • 15Ferries
  • 16Adams
  • 17Lawrence
  • 18Baptie
  • 21Jarvie
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
25,608

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamPeterhead
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home27
Away9
Shots on Target
Home13
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 3, Peterhead 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Peterhead 0.

  3. Booking

    Rory McAllister (Peterhead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Rory McAllister (Peterhead).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Graeme Smith.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Danny Wilson (Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Rory McAllister (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Peterhead. Conceded by Andy Halliday.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rory McAllister (Peterhead) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Rory McAllister (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Rory McAllister (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Graeme Smith.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Holt (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 3, Peterhead 0. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Clark.