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Rangers 3-0 Partick Thistle

Rangers made it two wins out of two under interim manager Graeme Murty by beating Partick Thistle and moving closer to second-placed Aberdeen.

Ross McCrorie headed his first senior goal following Daniel Candeias' cross and Candeias then doubled the lead from close range.

Josh Windass slotted home Rangers' third shortly after the break.

Kris Doolan carved a couple of chances for Thistle as their three-game unbeaten Premiership run ended.

With Rangers still searching for a new manager following Pedro Caxinha's sacking last month, they go into the international break fourth - a point behind a Hibernian side who have played a game more.

However, Saturday's win takes them to within three points of the Dons, who drew at Hamilton Academical.

Daniel Candeias celebrates
Candeias got his fourth goal this season

Rangers made the early running against Thistle with James Tavernier and Candeias prominent on the right-hand side.

Ryan Jack had a shot saved by Tomas Cerny as the hosts' pressure built.

The opener came when Kenny Miller took a corner short to Candeias and the winger's cross was nodded home by teenager McCrorie, who retained his place despite Bruno Alves' return from suspension.

Candeias had netted against Thistle in Rangers' League Cup win at Firhill earlier this season and the Portuguese was on hand to convert a rebound shot after Cerny had denied Jason Holt.

Thistle would have hoped to stem the flow of attacks towards their goal in the second period but they fell further behind when Windass latched on to Jordan Turnbull's attempted headed passback and beat Cerny.

Candeias and Windass then combined to set up Miller, who fired over.

Josh Windass scores
Windass scored to add to his clinching goal in last weekend's 3-1 win over Hearts

Partick boss Alan Archibald sent on Kris Doolan in place of Conor Sammon and the substitute striker fired into the side netting in a rare foray forward for the visitors.

Ryan Edwards also threatened for the Jags but could not hit the target with his curling effort and Doolan also knocked wide after being found by Blair Spittal.

Gary Fraser made his return from a 19-month injury absence as a replacement for Miles Storey and the Jags midfielder shot wide near the end.

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 40McCrorie
  • 6Wilson
  • 3John
  • 21Candeias
  • 8Jack
  • 23Holt
  • 11WindassSubstituted forKranjcarat 69'minutes
  • 9Miller
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forHardieat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Herrera
  • 17Hodson
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 25Alnwick
  • 31Hardie
  • 35Barjonas

Partick Thistle

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Cerny
  • 5Keown
  • 15DevineBooked at 82mins
  • 4Turnbull
  • 16McGinn
  • 19Edwards
  • 7Spittal
  • 13Barton
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forNisbetat 85'minutes
  • 18SammonSubstituted forDoolanat 58'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 39StoreySubstituted forFraserat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 12Scully
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 20Nisbet
  • 22Fraser
  • 31Wilson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
49,502

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 3, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Partick Thistle 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jason Holt.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Ryan Hardie replaces Alfredo Morelos.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces Steven Lawless.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Kenny Miller (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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