Scottish Championship
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Scottish Championship: Rangers 2-0 Raith Rovers

Rangers continued their march towards the Scottish Championship title and the top flight with victory over promotion hopefuls Raith Rovers.

With Hibernian losing away to Queen of the South, Rangers stretch their lead to 14 points.

Harry Forrester put the Glasgow side ahead before the break with a curling drive from outside the penalty box.

Billy King set up captain Lee Wallace to pass the ball into the net for the second goal after the break.

But it was Forrester - also the scorer of a last-gasp weekend winner against St Mirren - who inspired the Ibrox outfit with his brightest display in a blue jersey since sealing his January move from Doncaster Rovers.

Given the task of setting the tempo for Mark Warburton's team, the Englishman pulled the strings in midfield before giving the hosts a first-half lead.

With Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final with top-flight Dundee on the horizon, manager Mark Warburton rested veteran striker Kenny Miller and midfielders Nicky Law and Barrie McKay.

That gave Forrester his chance to start alongside Billy King and Nicky Clark, while Rovers badly missed teenage Rangers striker Ryan Hardie under the terms of his loan agreement.

Jason Holt came close inside the opening 90 seconds, while Forrester fizzed wide from 20 yards out as Rangers started brightly before they made the breakthrough after 27 minutes.

Forrester's clever footwork sucked in Rovers midfielder Ryan McCord and he span clear before whipping an unstoppable effort over the head of goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert.

King's jinking run from the left took him past three Rovers players and the on-loan Hearts attacker looked up just in time to tee up Wallace arriving on the edge of the area to drill home the second after the break.

Forrester's contribution to proceedings had been outstanding with his scheming from behind striker Clark central to Rangers' best moments.

He was replaced with Dean Shiels on the hour mark, though, with Warburton keen to wrap the playmaker in cotton wool ahead of the weekend Scottish Cup tie.

Holt almost netted a spectacular scissors kick but was denied by Cuthbert, who also pushed away a powerful King strike.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 23HoltSubstituted forBurtat 82'minutes
  • 16HallidaySubstituted forBallat 82'minutes
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forShielsat 61'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 17King
  • 14Clark

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 6Ball
  • 7Law
  • 9Miller
  • 19McKay
  • 22Shiels
  • 62Burt

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2ThomsonBooked at 37mins
  • 55BarrBooked at 81mins
  • 5Toshney
  • 23McKeownBooked at 73mins
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forConnollyat 70'minutes
  • 28Craigen
  • 14Davidson
  • 12MatthewsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forThomasat 61'minutes
  • 8McCordSubstituted forRobertsonat 55'minutes
  • 11Panayiotou

Substitutes

  • 4Callachan
  • 15Thomas
  • 18Connolly
  • 25Ford
  • 26Court
  • 30Robertson
  • 31Law
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
40,662

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home4
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 2, Raith Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Raith Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robertson (Raith Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Liam Burt (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aidan Connolly (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Dean Shiels.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael O'Halloran (Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Liam Burt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy King (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Burt (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robertson (Raith Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Liam Burt replaces Jason Holt.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Dominic Ball replaces Andy Halliday.

  20. Booking

    Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.