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Rangers 5-0 Raith Rovers

James Tavernier was on target as Rangers defeated Raith Rovers
James Tavernier was on target as Rangers defeated Raith Rovers

Rangers stretched their lead at the top of the Championship with a performance that demoralised Raith Rovers.

Lee Wallace established an early advantage from a well-worked free-kick, with James Tavernier adding a second just before half-time when he latched onto Nathan Oduwa's flick.

The comprehensive victory was secured through Barrie McKay's effort from close range.

And Martyn Waghorn increased the advantage with two penalties.

Raith were starved of possession and hope as Rangers attacked with relentless intent.

The visitors to Ibrox could not cope with the extent and variety of the home side's passing and movement, spending most of the game camped around their own penalty area and defending desperately.

The breadth of Rangers' attacking options left Raith Rovers diminished, although particular features were evident, such as central players looking to switch the ball to either flank and swift, one-touch passing in the final third.

Wallace and Tavernier were marauding figures on the flanks and it was no coincidence that both struck in the opening half.

They regularly overlapped and added dimension to attacks, with Wallace opening the scoring with a curling right-foot shot after a free-kick routine ended with Waghorn slipping the ball to the left-back.

Raith were hemmed in, and Wallace and Waghorn both came close to extending the lead.

Further goals were inevitable, though, and Tavernier obliged with his sixth of the season, after playing a one-two with Oduwa - whose return pass was superbly crafted - then finishing coolly inside the area.

Martyn Waghorn scores the first of two penalties against Raith Rovers
Martyn Waghorn scores the first of two penalties against Raith Rovers

It has been a feature of Rangers' play this season that the team refuses to ease off.

Oduwa's eye-catching individual skills became more prominent after the break, with a slaloming run from deep inside the Raith half taking out a succession of defenders before he squared the ball for Waghorn inside the six-yard box.

The ball scuttled around the area after it was blocked, but then ran to the increasingly impressive McKay, who slid to turn it over the line from only a yard out.

Waghorn might have been frustrated by the spurned opportunity to join the scorers, and he took matters into his own hands.

After surging into the penalty area, he leaned into the Raith defender Lewis Toshney and fell to the ground, with the referee Brian Colvin pointing to the spot. The award was generous, but Waghorn was ruthless as he converted it deftly.

Five minutes later, another Oduwa run bewildered the Raith defenders, and Toshney clattered him to the ground. Waghorn tucked away a second penalty to secure a 5-0 victory - the fourth time Rangers have scored five times this season.

Raith managed one shot on target, early in the second half, with Wes Foderingham tipping James Craigen's effort over the bar.

Otherwise, though, the visitors were marginalised by Rangers' dominance of the ball, their attacking ambition and the fluidity of their movement.

Already, Mark Warburton's side has established an authority over the rest of the Championship, winning each of their opening games.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 8ZelalemSubstituted forMillerat 61'minutes
  • 16HallidayBooked at 59mins
  • 23HoltSubstituted forLawat 61'minutes
  • 19McKay
  • 33Waghorn
  • 10OduwaSubstituted forHardieat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ball
  • 7Law
  • 9Miller
  • 20Aird
  • 32Kelly
  • 42Hardie
  • 45Thompson

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 6Benedictus
  • 5ToshneyBooked at 69mins
  • 23McKeown
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forMegginsonat 62'minutes
  • 28Craigen
  • 8McCordSubstituted forMatthewsat 56'minutes
  • 14Davidson
  • 9Stewart
  • 16Daly

Substitutes

  • 3Petrie
  • 11Megginson
  • 12Matthews
  • 17Laidlaw
  • 22Bates
  • 24Ellis
  • 29Mackie
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
44,050

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home23
Away2
Shots on Target
Home12
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 5, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 5, Raith Rovers 0.

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

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mitchel Megginson.

Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

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

Attempt missed. Mitchel Megginson (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Stewart.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

Foul by Barrie McKay (Rangers).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ryan Hardie replaces Nathan Oduwa.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 5, Raith Rovers 0. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Rangers. Nathan Oduwa draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Raith Rovers 0. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Rangers. Martyn Waghorn draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mitchel Megginson replaces Grant Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kenny Miller replaces Gedion Zelalem.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Law replaces Jason Holt.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Booking

Andy Halliday (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Oduwa (Rangers).

James Craigen (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Matthews replaces Ryan McCord.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Raith Rovers 0. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers55001931615
2Falkirk431063310
3Queen of Sth530278-19
4Morton52216428
5Hibernian42024316
6Raith Rovers520368-26
7Dumbarton520358-36
8St Mirren512256-15
9Alloa5104412-83
10Livingston5014411-71
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