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Rangers 1-1 Alloa Athletic

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland

Rangers' title party was briefly muted as Alloa doggedly held on to secure a draw on the day the Championship trophy was presented at Ibrox.

The visitors took the lead when on-loan Celtic striker Michael Duffy steered an excellent shot past Wes Foderingham.

Andy Halliday missed a penalty but crossed for James Tavernier to head home the equaliser minutes later.

Rangers spurned several chances in the second half, before the celebrations began in earnest.

The occasion was more significant for the home side than the game itself. The players walked out to a guard of honour from the Alloa side, and the fans were in celebratory mood throughout.

Alloa players celebrating
Duffy (left) fired Alloa into a surprise lead at Ibrox

The players could not succumb to the atmosphere, not least with the Scottish Cup final providing a competitive end of the season next month.

Slackness proved to be more than a mere irritant, since conceding possession from their own throw-in led to Rangers losing an early goal.

Duffy left Rob Kiernan in his wake as he raced upfield on the left before curling a shot into the far corner.

It was a measure of Rangers' lack of penetration that Alloa goalkeeper Scott Gallacher was mostly only called upon to make routine saves in the first half.

James Tavernier
Tavernier's goal was his 15th of the season, a record for a Rangers full-back

He was relieved to see Halliday stroke his penalty wide after Barrie McKay had been brought down inside the area by Kyle McAusland, although the goalkeeper was helpless on the cusp of half-time when Tavernier converted Halliday's cross with a close-range header.

It was Tavernier's 15th goal of the season in all competitions, taking him above the likes of John Greig and Sandy Jardine to set a new club record for goals in a single season from a full-back.

Rangers continued to command the ball after the break, and Billy King twice saw efforts saved by Gallacher, who also stopped a Liam Burt effort.

For the home fans, though, the day was ultimately about the scenes of celebration that followed the final whistle.

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 8Zelalem
  • 16Halliday
  • 23HoltSubstituted forShielsat 63'minutes
  • 17KingSubstituted forBurtat 75'minutes
  • 14ClarkSubstituted forMillerat 64'minutes
  • 19McKay

Substitutes

  • 1Bell
  • 6Ball
  • 7Law
  • 9Miller
  • 22Shiels
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 62Burt

Alloa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 41Gallacher
  • 2McAusland
  • 3Hill
  • 6Marr
  • 5Hamilton
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forMcManusat 60'minutes
  • 12CaddisBooked at 61minsSubstituted forLayneat 66'minutes
  • 18Hetherington
  • 23MegginsonBooked at 14mins
  • 16FlanniganBooked at 32minsSubstituted forFernsat 81'minutes
  • 7Duffy

Substitutes

  • 11Ferns
  • 14McManus
  • 17Layne
  • 19Finnie
  • 21Crawford
  • 24Hynd
  • 26Wilson
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
50,349

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home26
Away4
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 1, Alloa Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Alloa Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Isaac Layne.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rob Kiernan (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jason Marr.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Wallace (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Isaac Layne (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Gallacher.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Burt (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Edward Ferns replaces Iain Flannigan.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Iain Flannigan.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Steven Hetherington.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic).

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