Scottish Championship
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By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Ibrox Stadium
Lee Wallace (right)
Lee Wallace (right) gave Rangers a 3-1 lead late on

Rangers made it nine league wins in a row with a narrow victory over a spirited Falkirk side in the Scottish Championship.

Dean Shiels gave the league leaders an early lead, but a stunning strike from Will Vaulks saw Falkirk equalise.

The match looked like it might be heading for a draw and Rangers first dropped points of the season, but James Tavernier hit a late free-kick.

Lee Wallace wrapped up the victory with a strike in injury time.

Rangers made the perfect start. Some neat interplay between Shiels and Martin Waghorn unlocked the Falkirk defence. A back-heel from Waghorn allowed in Shiels who fired home from close range.

Falkirk refused to crumble, and were level thanks to a stunning strike from Vaulks.

From a long way out the midfielder arrowed a shot into the corner of the net, leaving Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham with no chance. Vaulks celebrated his spectacular strike with a similarly impressive series of somersaults.

In the 32nd minute a superb attacking move from Rangers saw Wallace cut back for Jason Holt. His shot looked destined to bulge the net but Falkirk keeper Danny Rogers pulled off a great stop to tip the ball over the bar.

Falkirk's Will Vaulks
Will Vaulks celebrates after equalising for Falkirk

Waghorn then weaved through the Falkirk defence but dragged his shot wide of the post.

In the second-half Rangers continued to struggle to find a cutting edge. A turn and shot from Shiels was well saved by Rogers.

Falkirk almost took the lead when a Tom Taiwo shot was spilled by Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who recovered the loose ball just before John Baird could pounce.

With ten minutes to play Rangers won a free-kick on the edge of the box. James Tavernier took it and curled it perfectly into the corner of the net to send the home crowd wild with delight.

Kenny Miller almost made it 3-1 after he rounded the goalkeeper, but his effort was cleared off the line by Mark Kerr.

Lee Wallace would make it 3-1 deep in injury time with a fine effort from 20 yards.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4KiernanBooked at 84mins
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forBallat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 23HoltSubstituted forLawat 73'minutes
  • 10OduwaSubstituted forMillerat 62'minutes
  • 33Waghorn
  • 19McKay

Substitutes

  • 6Ball
  • 7Law
  • 9Miller
  • 14Clark
  • 32Kelly
  • 42Hardie
  • 45Thompson

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 85mins
  • 5McCracken
  • 14Grant
  • 3LeahyBooked at 55mins
  • 6Vaulks
  • 8Alston
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forSmithat 86'minutes
  • 11KerrBooked at 78minsSubstituted forMillerat 90'minutes
  • 10Sibbald
  • 9BairdBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 12Bowman
  • 17Smith
  • 18Miller
  • 19McHugh
  • 20Cooper
  • 22Blair
  • 44Watson
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
45,135

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 3, Falkirk 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Falkirk 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Peter Grant (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 3, Falkirk 1. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Dominic Ball replaces Dean Shiels.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Lee Miller replaces Mark Kerr.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David McCracken.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. David Smith replaces Tom Taiwo.

  18. Booking

    Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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