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Scottish Championship: Raith Rovers 3-3 Rangers

A stoppage-time goal from Harry Panayiotou denied Rangers victory and meant their Scottish Championship title will have to wait.

The Raith Rovers sub had a penalty saved seconds earlier but redeemed himself by scrambling an equaliser with the last kick of the ball.

Kenny Miller had added to first-half goals from Harry Forrester and Michael O'Halloran to put Rangers on the brink.

But goals from Louis Longridge and James Craigen helped spoil the party.

The draw not only extends Rovers' unbeaten run to seven games but also takes Ray McKinnon's fourth-top side closer to securing a place in the promotion play-offs after Greenock Morton and Queen of the South drew their matches.

Several thousand Rangers fans had packed the stands at Stark's Park in anticipation of a title party.

However, when Longridge's perfectly-struck shot sailed over goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, it was the first hint that the celebratory champagne might remain on ice.

Kenny Miller fires Rangers into a 3-2 lead
Kenny Miller thought he had secured the title when he fired Rangers into a 3-2 lead

After watching a point-blank shot somehow turned round the post by Kevin Cuthbert, Forrester planted a header in off the post from the resultant corner to renew the visitors' hopes.

Forrester had looked Rangers' greatest threat and he showed great composure to pick out O'Halloran for a tap-in when a less cool customer might have shot himself.

For all their attacking muscle, Mark Warburton's side have a vulnerability in defence and Craigen had far too much room to fire in a long-range shot that may have taken a slight deflection but should not have been allowed to slip into the net by Foderingham.

What looked like the winning blow was struck by Rangers stalwart Miller, who raced on to Andy Halliday's pass to hammer the ball past Cuthbert for his 17th goal of the season.

As much as the goal meant to him and his team-mates, it was nothing compared to the feeling of jubilation among the visiting fans as they prepared for life in the top-flight of Scottish football.

However, although Panayiotou had a spot kick saved by Foderingham after being fouled by Halliday, the on-loan Leicester City forward grabbed a sensational equaliser by forcing the ball over the line at the end of a goalmouth scramble.

Rangers will have another chance to claim the title on Tuesday, though, when they welcome Dumbarton to Ibrox.

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 55Barr
  • 6Benedictus
  • 23McKeown
  • 4Callachan
  • 5Toshney
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 75mins
  • 21LongridgeSubstituted forPanayiotouat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forAndersonat 74'minutes
  • 15ThomasSubstituted forConnollyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Anderson
  • 8McCord
  • 11Panayiotou
  • 12Matthews
  • 18Connolly
  • 26Court
  • 31Law

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forZelalemat 80'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 23Holt
  • 19McKaySubstituted forShielsat 72'minutes
  • 9Miller
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forKingat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 6Ball
  • 7Law
  • 8Zelalem
  • 14Clark
  • 17King
  • 22Shiels
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
6,943

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 3, Rangers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 3, Rangers 3.

Booking

Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 3, Rangers 3. Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

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

Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

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

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Penalty saved! Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Rob Kiernan (Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Raith Rovers. Harry Panayiotou draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers).

Kenny Miller (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers).

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Aidan Connolly (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gedion Zelalem (Rangers).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Gedion Zelalem replaces Harry Forrester.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Aidan Connolly (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Aidan Connolly replaces Joel Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Grant Anderson replaces James Craigen.

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Barrie McKay.

Attempt saved. Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers31244382275576
2Falkirk321711453282562
3Hibernian29175746281856
4Raith Rovers32157104441352
5Morton32109133637-139
6Queen of Sth31115153845-738
7St Mirren32108143645-938
8Dumbarton3086162654-2830
9Livingston3177173343-1028
10Alloa3236231763-4615
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