Scottish League Cup - Group F
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Scottish League Cup: Motherwell 0-2 Rangers

Rangers celebrate James Tavernier's goal
James Tavernier broke the deadlock at Fir Park

Rangers signalled their intent on their top-flight return with a Scottish League Cup victory over Premiership rivals Motherwell.

Hosts Well passed up a host of chances in an entertaining match.

But Rangers were lifted when they went ahead immediately after the break as James Tavernier found the far top corner with a superb curling drive.

Martyn Waghorn added the second with a low curler in stoppage time to give Rangers the three Group F points.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton resisted the temptation to throw in his summer signings and started with a very familiar line-up.

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee hinted before kick-off that the game may have come too soon for his side and urged caution from the critics.

But his team looked the more threatening early on, and Andy Halliday had to scoop the ball off the line after Lionel Ainsworth got through on goal on the right-hand side with just a minute on the clock.

Scott McDonald found himself in a similar position on the left, but goalkeeper Wes Foderingham got down well to save and clear the danger.

Rangers looked nervous, with Motherwell looked desperate to capitalise, and Chris Cadden's dragged shot from six yards completed a trio of good chances missed in the first 10 minutes for the home side.

New Motherwell signing Carl McHugh battles with Rangers' Andrew Halliday
Carl McHugh (left) made his debut for Motherwell

With McGhee's side looking happy to concede possession and hit Rangers on the break, Marvin Johnson passed up another two decent chances before the hour.

But two minutes into the second half, the game took on a completely different feel as the visitors broke the deadlock.

Waghon slipped the ball to Tavernier, who fired the ball into the top left-hand corner.

It was just reward for Rangers' possession but punishment for a Motherwell side who were defending deeper as the game progressed.

With the men in blue now firmly in their stride, a second looked inevitable and Harry Forrester battered the ball off the bar.

The Rangers fans gave a rousing reception to new signing Nico Kranjcar just before the hour and it looked like his first touch was sure to be a goal only for the Croat to get himself into a tangle.

Barrie McKay should have doubled the lead but could only blast over an empty goal from eight yards out.

Rangers sealed it when Waghorn found some space in the box on the angle and swivelled and curled a fabulous shot low into the net.

Meanwhile, former Hearts and Hamilton striker Christian Nade marked his Stranraer debut with the opening goal as the League One outfit won the other Group F game 2-1 at Annan Athletic.

Nade, who left Dumbarton during the summer, opend the scoring after half-time against League Two opposition.

Frank McKeown added their second goal before Przemyslaw Dachnowicz, the midfielder who joined Annan from Rangers this summer, pulled a goal back three minutes from time.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton: "I'll take 12 minutes of rustiness, but I thought we dominated the game after the 15th minute and, in truth, we should have been further ahead.

"Considering it was our first competitive game, we lost out on a few one v ones and gave the ball away cheaply early on, but after that it was a very pleasing afternoon's work.

"I thought our energy levels were really good and you must remember that most of our players have only had 45 minutes' game time against Charleston Battery.

"But we dominated possession, created chances and looked sharp. I'm really pleased."

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee: "As far as we are concerned, we made enough chances to at least get to penalty-kicks.

"Rangers play different to us, they have a lot more possession, but we know that and we were comfortable with that.

"In between them having possession, we made the best chances but didn't take them.

"And I think that reflects the fact that it's only two weeks into pre-season training and people like Marvin Johnston and Scott McDonald will get sharper."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2Tait
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forThomasat 67'minutes
  • 8McHughBooked at 77mins
  • 12CaddenSubstituted forBlythat 79'minutes
  • 15ChalmersSubstituted forMoultat 60'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 77McDonaldBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 9Moult
  • 13Brill
  • 19Blyth
  • 23Thomas
  • 25Ferguson
  • 26Campbell
  • 27MacLean

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 6Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 10McKay
  • 23HoltSubstituted forWindassat 69'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 16Halliday
  • 33Waghorn
  • 9MillerSubstituted forO'Halloranat 62'minutes
  • 15ForresterBooked at 52minsSubstituted forKranjcarat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hill
  • 11Windass
  • 17Hodson
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 25Gilks
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 30Thompson
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
6,951

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home13
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 0, Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Rangers 2.

Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 0, Rangers 2. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael O'Halloran.

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dom Thomas (Motherwell).

Booking

Josh Windass (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Windass (Rangers).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Jacob Blyth replaces Chris Cadden.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Carl McHugh (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Barrie McKay (Rangers).

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Attempt saved. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Josh Windass replaces Jason Holt.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dom Thomas replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 16th July 2016

  • MotherwellMotherwell0RangersRangers2
  • LivingstonLivingston2St MirrenSt Mirren3
  • East FifeEast Fife1DundeeDundee1
    East Fife win 4-2 on penalties
  • ForfarForfar Athletic2DumbartonDumbarton2
    Forfar Athletic win 5-3 on penalties
  • ElginElgin City1St JohnstoneSt Johnstone3
  • StirlingStirling Albion1FalkirkFalkirk0
  • CowdenbeathCowdenbeath1Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle2
  • MontroseMontrose0Ross CountyRoss County1
  • Queen's ParkQueen's Park0Queen of SthQueen of the South2
  • Annan AthleticAnnan Athletic1StranraerStranraer2
  • AyrAyr United2HamiltonHamilton Academical1
  • AlbionAlbion Rovers0MortonGreenock Morton0
    Greenock Morton win 4-3 on penalties

As It Stood

A

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1Forfar10102202
2East Fife10101102
3Dumbarton10102201
4Dundee10101101
5Peterhead00000000

B

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1St Johnstone11003123
2Stirling11001013
3Brechin00000000
4Falkirk100101-10
5Elgin100113-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT11002113
2Dundee Utd10101102
3Arbroath10101101
4Dunfermline00000000
5Cowdenbeath100112-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers11002113
2Ross County11001013
3Alloa00000000
4Cove Rangers100112-10
5Montrose100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth11002023
2Partick Thistle11001013
3Stenhousemuir00000000
4Airdrieonians100101-10
5Queen's Park100102-20

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers11002023
2Stranraer11002113
3East Stirlingshire00000000
4Annan Athletic100112-10
5Motherwell100102-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren11003213
2Ayr11002113
3Edinburgh City00000000
4Livingston100123-10
5Hamilton100112-10

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kilmarnock11002113
2Morton10100002
3Albion10100001
4Berwick00000000
5Clyde100112-10
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