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Rangers 2-1 Queen of the South

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Ibrox
Martyn Waghorn scores for Rangers against Queen of the South
Waghorn edged Rangers ahead late in the game

Rangers' perfect Championship record was hanging by a thread until Martyn Waghorn's last-minute winner against Queen of the South preserved it.

Sixty seconds after having a penalty saved by the outstanding Doonhamers' goalkeeper, Robbie Thomson, Waghorn's near-post header stole the points.

Derek Lyle had given the visitors a first-half lead that stunned Ibrox.

That silence transformed to rowdiness when Jason Holt equalised from a tight angle.

It is 15 goals in all competitions this season now for flexible forward Waghorn and it ensured Rangers made it 10 league wins in a row in the Championship.

Amazingly, it was also the first headed goal of manager Mark Warburton's reign at the club.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Warburton is yet to drop league a point as Rangers manager

Queens make their mark

Initially all the signs were good for Rangers, who had Dom Ball deputising at centre-back for the injured Danny Wilson, and the Spurs loanee settled down early with a lovely long diagonal pass that found Barrie McKay on the left wing.

McKay was in menacing mood in the first 20 minutes, troubling Doonhamers right-back Kyle Jacobs on a few occasions - the highlight of which was a neat nutmeg on the visiting defender.

Kenny Miller, starting in place of Nathan Oduwa who had been in Germany on England Under-20 duty, benefitted from some good McKay work on the left but the striker blazed over from 10 yards.

Queen of the South's speedy on-loan Hibernian winger Alex Harris put a close low shot just wide of the far post before Waghorn re-asserted Rangers' authority with a curling effort, which Thomson palmed away.

This provided inspiration for the visitors to take a shock lead and turn the tide of the first half.

Lyle was not left with much to do when Ryan Conroy's corner was headed into his path by Chris Higgins to side-foot past Wes Foderingham from six yards.

Derek Lyle scores for Queen of the South against Rangers
Lyle was well placed to put Queens ahead

After that, a previously shaky Jacobs looked solid, as did his team-mates as they stroked the ball about with ease until referee Barry Cook's half-time whistle.

As expected, the hosts piled on the pressure immediately after the break; Tavernier narrowly missing with one of his trademark free-kicks and Waghorn drawing another brilliant save from Thomson.

Pressure pays off for Rangers, eventually

The Doonhamers keeper did not deserve to be picking the ball out of his net two minutes later, but he was.

Patient Rangers build-up resulted in Tavernier threading a superb low pass through to the darting Holt, whose clinical finish into the far corner was worthy of the applause 44,000 fans were giving it.

McKay should have put Warburton's men in front soon after, screwing wide from Miller's chipped cross.

Waghorn - searching for his 15th of the season - curled wide of the top left corner then another Holt drive was deflected wide as Queens tried to take a breath.

James Fowler's Dumfries side could have regained the lead in one rare foray forward, had substitute Liam Coogan's low effort been hit with more strength.

When referee Cook pointed to the spot after a foul on Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday with two minutes left on the clock, few expected Waghorn not to take the opportunity but a flying dive to his right by Thomson saved the penalty.

However, it only delayed the winner for 60 seconds, with substitute Oduwa's cross nodded in at the near post by Waghorn to ensure he was the hero after all.

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 6Ball
  • 5Wallace
  • 23Holt
  • 16HallidayBooked at 49mins
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forOduwaat 59'minutes
  • 19McKaySubstituted forClarkat 76'minutes
  • 33Waghorn
  • 9MillerSubstituted forLawat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Law
  • 10Oduwa
  • 14Clark
  • 20Aird
  • 32Kelly
  • 42Hardie
  • 45Thompson

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1ThomsonBooked at 88mins
  • 14JacobsBooked at 48mins
  • 22HooperBooked at 68mins
  • 6Higgins
  • 23Marshall
  • 7HarrisSubstituted forRutherfordat 87'minutes
  • 16Hutton
  • 17PickardBooked at 39mins
  • 10Conroy
  • 24SmithSubstituted forCoogansat 70'minutes
  • 9LyleSubstituted forOliverat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Rutherford
  • 18Heffernan
  • 19Moxon
  • 20Atkinson
  • 21Hilson
  • 28Oliver
  • 33Coogans
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
44,133

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 2, Queen of the South 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Queen of the South 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 2, Queen of the South 1. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Oduwa.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Hooper.

  5. Post update

    Penalty saved! Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Booking

    Robbie Thomson (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Penalty Rangers. Andy Halliday draws a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) after a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Shaun Rutherford replaces Alex Harris.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Ball (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Hooper.

  12. Post update

    Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Scott Hooper (Queen of the South).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Hooper.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Ball (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Hutton (Queen of the South).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Barrie McKay.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Coogans (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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