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Rangers 3-1 Livingston: Brandon Barker wraps up win after Ryan Kent injury

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Highlights: Rangers 3-1 Livingston

Rangers maintained their pursuit of Premiership leaders Celtic with a hard-fought win over Livingston - but lost Ryan Kent to a hamstring injury.

The £7m signing lasted 40 minutes in his first game since joining permanently from Liverpool.

Rangers fell behind to Steven Lawless's second-half penalty but Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier struck back.

Livingston's Lyndon Dykes was sent off before Brandon Barker completed the scoring late on.

Kent was included in the starting line-up after completing his move from Anfield late in the transfer window to become Rangers' second most expensive signing.

He looked distraught has he left the field, but his team-mates reacted positively to the setback of falling a goal behind to stay three points behind Celtic, who won earlier in the day.

Dykes saw red with his side 2-1 down after receiving a second yellow card after being judged by referee Willie Collum to have landed an elbow on Ibrox centre-back Connor Goldson.

Rangers find strength in adversity

Until the 40th minute, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would have been vexed only by his side's failure to convert their chances.

A dominant display was the foundation for Morelos to shoot over from a good position and to see his close-range header saved by Livingston goalkeeper Ross Stewart.

In between those efforts, Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield struck the crossbar with a drilled effort from the edge of the area.

Rangers winger Ryan Kent
Rangers winger Ryan Kent lasted 40 minutes against Livingston before limping off with a hamstring injury

Five minutes before the break, though, Kent limped off, wiping his eyes with his jersey. He had been a lively presence, and was clearly affected by the need to leave the field through injury.

Rangers endured more suffering after the break when Arfield's trip sent Dykes to the ground inside the penalty area and Lawless calmly converted the spot kick.

The occasion demanded a show of resolve from the home side, and Livingston's lead lasted only eight minutes. Tavernier delivered the equaliser with a free-kick that evaded everyone inside the penalty area and bounced into the net.

Livingston still carried a threat, and Chris Erskine sent a header against the crossbar, but Rangers refused to wilt and took the lead when Morelos converted Joe Aribo's flick with a powerful header.

With Dykes sent off and Barker completing the scoring, the dismay firmly settled on Livingston. Rangers faced their own anxiety following the final whistle, though, with Kent's injury to be assessed.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 19Katic
  • 16Halliday
  • 10Davis
  • 37Arfield
  • 17AriboSubstituted forKingat 75'minutes
  • 11Ojo
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forDefoeat 80'minutes
  • 14KentSubstituted forBarkerat 41'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Helander
  • 9Defoe
  • 13Foderingham
  • 18Kamara
  • 21Barker
  • 29King
  • 31Barisic

Livingston

  • 1Stewart
  • 2Devlin
  • 5LamieSubstituted forPepeat 82'minutes
  • 27Guthrie
  • 21McMillan
  • 11Lawless
  • 7JacobsSubstituted forSoudaat 78'minutes
  • 6Bartley
  • 16CrawfordBooked at 58mins
  • 19ErskineSubstituted forRobinsonat 69'minutes
  • 9DykesBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 15Pepe
  • 17Robinson
  • 20Souda
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 29Savane
  • 30Sarkic
  • 31Stobbs
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
48,793

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 3, Livingston 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Livingston 1.

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Andy King (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).

Aymen Souda (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).

Jack McMillan (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Aymen Souda (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Cécé Pepe replaces Ricki Lamie.

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jermain Defoe replaces Alfredo Morelos.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Livingston 1. Brandon Barker (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Aymen Souda replaces Keaghan Jacobs.

Foul by Nikola Katic (Rangers).

Jon Guthrie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jack McMillan.

Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Steven Davis (Rangers).

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Marvin Bartley (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andy King replaces Joe Aribo.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Lyndon Dykes (Livingston) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Robbie Crawford (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Livingston 1. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Aribo following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ricki Lamie (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Nikola Katic (Rangers).

Scott Robinson (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Robinson replaces Chris Erskine.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic55001831515
2Rangers5401125712
3Motherwell5311118310
4Aberdeen52217438
5Livingston52219728
6Kilmarnock52124407
7Ross County521268-27
8Hamilton511359-44
9Hibernian5113413-94
10St Mirren510436-33
11St Johnstone5032513-83
12Hearts5023711-42
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