Scottish League Cup - Group F
East Stirlingshire0Rangers3

East Stirlingshire 0-3 Rangers

Rangers' Josh Windass (left)
Rangers' Josh Windass (left) scored his first goal for the club

Rangers maintained their 100% Betfred League Cup record with a straightforward win over East Stirlingshire.

A first-half penalty from Andy Halliday and a simple finish by Josh Windass gave Mark Warburton's side a half-time grip on the Group F fixture.

Substitute Joe Dodoo, on his Rangers debut, made it 3-0 with a late tap-in from Lee Wallace's cross.

But Lowland League Shire can be proud of a stuffy performance.

Rangers thoroughly deserved their victory but would have expected to score more goals. If anything they stand accused of over working it, the shot from distance a seemingly alien philosophy to their coaching mantra.

However, they wasted no time in going about the anticipated onslaught of a team four levels of the Scottish game below them.

Windass, son of former Aberdeen favourite Dean, had the ball in the net early but was flagged offside. But the alarm bells were blaring for the Shire.

Within moments, Ross Fisher clearly had a fistful of Barrie McKay's shirt as he turned in the box. Halliday lashed home the resulting penalty to prompt what onlookers assumed would be a torrent of goals.

Even this early East Stirlingshire's striker David Grant cut a lonely and isolated figure.

They could hardly get a touch as the Ibrox side played monopoly with the ball and Kenny Miller should really have scored their second on the end of a fabulous run and cross by Michael O'Halloran, but somehow Fisher nicked the ball off his toe as he prepared for a tap-in.

Joe Dodoo with Lee Wallace
Dodoo celebrates his goal with Rangers captain Lee Wallace

Windass was Rangers' outstanding performer of the first 45 minutes, although there was an element of luck about his goal. McKay fired in a good cross from the left and it seemed to strike Windass and fall at his feet. From there it was a simple tap-in.

At this stage it was a King Canute performance by the home defence, yet unlike the great man they did actually stem the tide.

Somehow the Lowland League team weathered the storm and retreated to the dressing room just two goals down.

Rangers used the second half to introduce Niko Kranjcar - who looked well short of match fitness - and new signing Dodoo, but Shire grew in confidence and actually should have scored when Graeme MacGregor opened his body to shoot over when he really needed to put the laces through the pass from Grant.

But into time added on Dodoo had a tap-in from Wallace's delivery to make it three.

At times it was too easy for Rangers and curiously it's John Sludden's team, by avoiding a heavier defeat, who may go into the season buoyed by their performance.

Line-ups

East Stirlingshire

  • 1Dolan
  • 2Greene
  • 6MacGregorSubstituted forComrieat 66'minutes
  • 5Fisher
  • 3Murray
  • 7McGuigan
  • 4Grant
  • 8Ure
  • 9Faulds
  • 15HoggSubstituted forWhiteat 82'minutes
  • 10GrantSubstituted forMcMillanat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Buist
  • 14McMillan
  • 16Peddie
  • 17Shaw
  • 18White
  • 19Comrie

Rangers

  • 25Gilks
  • 17Hodson
  • 3Hill
  • 6Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 11WindassSubstituted forKranjcarat 45'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forThompsonat 65'minutes
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forDodooat 60'minutes
  • 9Miller
  • 10McKay

Substitutes

  • 1Foderingham
  • 4Kiernan
  • 14Dodoo
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 30Thompson
  • 31Hardie
  • 33Waghorn
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
2,246

Match Stats

Home TeamEast StirlingshireAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home1
Away17
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, East Stirling 0, Rangers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, East Stirling 0, Rangers 3.

Goal!

Goal! East Stirling 0, Rangers 3. Joe Dodoo (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Wallace.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Adam Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, East Stirling. Simon White replaces Conor Hogg.

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

Derek Ure (East Stirling) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Clint Hill (Rangers).

Attempt saved. Jordan Thompson (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andy Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, East Stirling. Gavin McMillan replaces David Grant.

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

Substitution

Substitution, East Stirling. Craig Comrie replaces Graeme MacGregor.

Foul by Clint Hill (Rangers).

Connor Greene (East Stirling) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jordan Thompson replaces Harry Forrester.

Attempt missed. Graeme MacGregor (East Stirling) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Joe Dodoo replaces Michael O'Halloran.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dylan McGuigan (East Stirling).

Foul by Danny Wilson (Rangers).

David Grant (East Stirling) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Adam Murray.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Graeme MacGregor (East Stirling).

Foul by Harry Forrester (Rangers).

Connor Greene (East Stirling) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Hogg (East Stirling).

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

David Grant (East Stirling) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ross Fisher.

Second Half

Second Half begins East Stirling 0, Rangers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Niko Kranjcar replaces Josh Windass.

Half Time

First Half ends, East Stirling 0, Rangers 2.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Dolan.

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

goal

As It Stood

A

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B

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C

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D

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E

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F

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G

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2Livingston21015323
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H

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