Scottish Championship

Rangers 1-0 Falkirk

Billy King scores for Rangers against Falkirk
Billy King (third from right) headed Rangers' late winner

Billy King came off the bench to mark his Rangers debut with a late goal and give the Scottish Championship leaders victory over Falkirk.

King, who joined Mark Warburton's side on loan from Hearts on Thursday, headed home James Tavernier's cross in stoppage time.

Blustery conditions affected both teams and chances were scarce.

Blair Alston nodded over for the Bairns early on and Tavernier had an effort saved by Danny Rogers.

The result extends Rangers' advantage over third-place Falkirk to 10 points. Hibs, who beat St Johnstone in Saturday's League Cup semi-final, are two points ahead of Peter Houston's side.

Like Rangers, the visitors named a newcomer on the bench - forward Miles Hippolyte - following his recent move from Livingston.

Alston squandered a great chance inside the first two minutes as he headed over Wes Foderingham's goal and then Tavernier's strike tested Rogers.

The Bairns keeper was also forced to scramble back and tip over his crossbar after Dean Shiels overhit his cross.

The clearest chance of the half came when Will Vaulks' fierce hit forced Foderingham to palm back into traffic and Danny Wilson blocked John Baird's rebound effort on the goal-line.

Kenny Miller did have the ball in Falkirk's net just after the restart but the striker had wandered offside.

Foderingham was again smart with his reflexes to deny Conor McGrandles' strike soon after.

Wingers King and Harry Forrester were introduced by manager Mark Warburton, with Miller and Nicky Law withdrawn, and the hosts eventually got the winner they craved when King met Tavernier's delivery.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 7LawSubstituted forForresterat 61'minutes
  • 6Ball
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forZelalemat 77'minutes
  • 33Waghorn
  • 9MillerSubstituted forKingat 60'minutes
  • 19McKay


  • 1Bell
  • 8Zelalem
  • 14Clark
  • 15Forrester
  • 17King
  • 42Hardie
  • 62Burt


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44Watson
  • 14GrantBooked at 52mins
  • 3LeahyBooked at 49mins
  • 11Kerr
  • 24McGrandlesSubstituted forTaiwoat 62'minutes
  • 8AlstonBooked at 53mins
  • 6Vaulks
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forHippolyteat 90+2'minutes
  • 9BairdSubstituted forO'Haraat 90+2'minutes


  • 5McCracken
  • 7Taiwo
  • 17Smith
  • 18Miller
  • 22Hippolyte
  • 28Mehmet
  • 30O'Hara
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 1, Falkirk 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Falkirk 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Myles Hippolyte replaces Craig Sibbald.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Kevin O'Hara replaces John Baird.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 1, Falkirk 0. Billy King (Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Harry Forrester (Rangers).

  7. Post update

    Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gedion Zelalem (Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy King (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Gedion Zelalem replaces Dean Shiels.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

  19. Post update

    Billy King (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Luke Leahy (Falkirk).

As It Stood

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5Queen of Sth208482127-628
8St Mirren2156102232-1021
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