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Live Reporting

Keir Murray

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  1. Post update

    We'll have highlights of the match on the BBC Sport website tomorrow, but for now it's time to bring the text commentary to an end. We'll be streaming BBC ALBA's coverage of Sweden Women v Scotland Women at 17:00 BST tomorrow too. Many thanks indeed for logging on or tapping your way to our coverage on your phone. Good night.

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    Jenni: "Rangers have started the season in impressive fashion, promotion to the SPL and winning a Cup awaits this season."

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    Inverness manager John Hughes

    "The final pass was the thing that was letting us down tonight. They picked up a lot of free-kicks in dangerous areas and that was a concern but we dealt with it. Football's a strange old game. One minute you're up, the next minute you're down. Our remit is to get as many points as we can to stay in the SPL. Rangers are not a bad side. All those boys have played in the SPL. I look at my team and I think my boys dominated the football for long periods. A wee bit of belief in the final third was all that was missing. I think the Rangers team is settled now."

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    Inverness manager John Hughes

    "In terms of effort and commitment I can't ask any more of the boys. I'm disappointed to lose the match but not in terms of how we played our football. One goal won the game and it could have fallen to us on another day."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "If Inverness play as negatively as they did in the first half it's an easy night for Rangers. I was really disappointed in Caley Thistle in the first half. The centre-halves were playing far too deep. There is no pace there (in Rangers' strikeforce) to bother them. If they had pushed up to the halfway line that pushes their midfield on. You want to come here and impose yourself. They showed that at the end of the game but in the first half they surrendered."

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    Rangers now play Falkirk away in the third round of the Scottish League Cup.


    Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT

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    Just 30 seconds remaining.


    Ian Black clears a Ryan Christie header off the line, then moments later Gary Warren is judged to be offside as he heads into the net.

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    Inverness defender Gary Warren and Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod show their determination to win the ball at Ibrox
    Image caption: Inverness defender Gary Warren and Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod show their determination to win the ball at Ibrox
  11. Text us on 80295

    Kenny: "Sitting in Brits bar in Minneapolis, currently watching CL games on tv and bbc commentary on my phone. Mon the gers!" That's the life, Kenny!

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    BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson

    "Ally McCoist sinks to his knees when a counter-attack ends with a David Templeton run and shot that almost brings a second goal but instead Dean Brill tips the deflected effort wide."

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    Former Scotland defender Willie Miller

    "It's quite incredible the lack of (positional) discipline that Rangers' midfielders are showing."

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    Rangers Tunisian defender Bilel Mohsni is dispossessed in midfield and Northern Irish striker Billy McKay has the chance to level immediately - but misses.

  15. GOAL

    Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT (Macleod)

    While Rangers players claim for handball in the penalty area, the ball then breaks to Lewis Macleod at the edge of the area and his shot is deflected past Dean Brill by Josh Meekings.

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    BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson

    "Bilel Mohsni apologies after a misplaced pass almost leads to Billy McKay scoring for Inverness, but he shot wide."

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    Anonymous lucky person in the sunshine: "Keeping up to date via internet in Gouvia, Corfu. Come on the Gers!"

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    We could be heading for half an hour of extra time unless one of these teams can find the net while keeping a clean sheet themselves.


    Rangers manager Ally McCoist makes a change for the final 20 minutes with Jon Daly and David Templeton on for Kris Boyd and Fraser Aird.

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    That last text from Mr/Ms Anonymous has got me thinking that legendary defender Willie Miller must have learned how to raise his arm to claim a striker was offside by watching his mum hail a taxi or two.

  21. Text us on 80295

    Scott: "ICT may have beaten Celtic but it was a second string and was by the narrowest margin."

    Anonymous: "Don't have a go at Willie Miller! I was stranded on my way to Hampden once when my bus didn't turn up. A passing taxi stopped, a woman opened the door and said 'son, I'm Willie Miller's mum and I'm off to Hampden - hop in'. I caught the kick-off!"

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    Gordon in Falkirk: "Willie, Peter and Rob are making me feel I am in a time warp. All this talk of pretty passing with no end product takes me back to when Hughes was in charge at Falkirk. I feel your pain guys. He is'nt going for the long game, this is John Hughes World. The passing pattern might make some sense if viewed from space but not from the stands."

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    (Exasperated) Former Scotland defender Willie Miller

    "(Rangers strikers) Nicky Clark and Kris Boyd are not the quickest, are they? You can play a high line against them. The two Inverness centre-backs are sitting way too deep."

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    Inverness defender Carl Tremarco does well to keep his eye on the ball and he clears the cutback from Fraser Aird when the Rangers youngster might have been wiser to shoot at goal from a narrow angle.

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    Falkirk manager Peter Houston

    (On the Inverness defence) "I have never seen (Gary) Warren or (Josh) Meekings at their own halfway line. They are 20 to 30 yards further back."

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    Lewis Macleod was booked for this challenge on Marley Watkins
    Image caption: Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod was booked for this challenge on Marley Watkins
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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    (On the Inverness display) "It just doesn't get the blood pumping. There doesn't seem to be any end product. John (Hughes) will take a 0-0 as long as it's going to be 0-0. I don't know why!"

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    Falkirk manager Peter Houston

    "This is a team that beat Celtic this season but tonight Inverness are just not showing enough ambition to get bodies in the box."

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    Ken in Barrhead: "We're all doomed! Why do we have 2 listen 2 Willie Miller? Great player but so negative and never ever has said a good word about Rangers." (Ken, your text arrived one minute after Willie Miller's comment at 20:46 BST!)

  30. KICK-OFF

    And the second half is under way. We need some goals!

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    BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "Rangers have been the more progressive and they've dominated the midfield area. I think they've won the first half. It would help Inverness if their back four got up the field a bit. (Striker) Billy McKay has had no support, no service whatsoever."

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    Fans group Sons of Struth display their banners at Ibrox
    Image caption: Rangers fans' group Sons of Struth display their banners beside the directors' box at Ibrox
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    BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson

    "It's a finely balanced game at Ibrox. Rangers had the slight upper hand in the first-half, and looked more likely to breach the Inverness defence, while the visitors kept possession well in their own half but didn't impose themselves in attack. All to play for in front of a small crowd."


    Rangers 0-0 Inverness CT


    Greg Tansey is booking for a foul on Rangers midfielder Nicky Law and, not to be outdone, Law's team-mate Lewis Macleod is yellow carded too for a bad challenge.

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    The Rangers fans have not turned out in huge numbers for the League Cup tie against Inverness
    Image caption: The Rangers fans have not turned out in huge numbers for the League Cup tie against Inverness
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    Lee McCulloch heads wide Lewis Macleod's free-kick as the Rangers captain tries to break the deadlock at Ibrox.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Peter Houston

    "It's a good spell of pressure by Rangers. They are on the front foot and they look the more likely to score a goal."


    Crawford Allan has made two bookings so far - Rangers midfielder Ian Black goes into the wee book followed by Caley Thistle's Aaron Doran for a challenge on the young Canadian Fraser Aird.

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    Inverness defender Gary Warren manages to hook clear Fraser Aird's dangerous cross into the box. The home side have improved as the match has progressed.

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    Gary Warren battles with Rangers striker Nicky Clark
    Image caption: Gary Warren battles with Rangers striker Nicky Clark, who is on a good run of form
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    Football pundit Willie Miller is surprised at goal machine Kris Boyd's poor finish, suspecting the Rangers striker is suffering from a lack of confidence.

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    Fraser Aird crosses into the box and Inverness manage to clear the ball with midfielder Lewis Macleod lurking, then Dean Brill saves with his legs from Rangers striker Kris Boyd, who was one on one with the Caley Thistle keeper there.

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    BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

    "It's slow and controlled for Inverness."

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    Andrew, Richhill: "Rangers have made a very strong start to the season. They've been scoring goals for fun, but they've also been leaking goals too. Tonight will give a good indication as to how good this current Rangers side are and ultimately how they will fare this season."

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    So it's a cautious start to the match, especially from the home side, who seem content to keep the Highlanders at bay for the time being.

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    Former Scotland defender Willie Miller

    "I think it is the quality of the passing that is forcing Rangers to hold off."

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    Rangers striker Kenny Miller and Inverness boss John Hughes
    Image caption: Rangers striker Kenny Miller and Inverness boss John Hughes share a joke in the dugout in the early stages of the League Cup tie
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    Ross Draper's and Graeme Shinnie's suspensions stem from them picking up bookings in last year's final defeat to Aberdeen.

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    Managers Ally McCoist and John Hughes shared a warm hug, a laugh and a joke out on the pitch before kick-off. A Bear hugs a bear, I guess.

  51. KICK-OFF

    We are under way.

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    BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean: "There is something surreal about the surroundings tonight. It's a limited attendance here at Ibrox."

  53. Text us on 80295

    Uh-oh. Let's begin with a rap across the knuckles for us at BBC Scotland. An anonymous contributor sent this text a moment ago: "Can you please ask your colleagues to stop calling the top league 'the SPFL'? The SPFL is the league body of the 4 professional divisions in Scotland. There are 42 SPFL teams, not 12. The top league is 'The Premiership'."

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    Now, to make the live text commentary all the more engaging, how do you fancy sending a text or using Twitter with your thoughts on the game this evening? The text number is 80295 and the Twitter hashtag is #bbcsportscot . Thanks.

  55. Post update

    We're five minutes away from kick-off.

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    BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson

    There are a handful of fans holding a banner declaring "Sons of Struth Demand The Truth" next to the directors' box before kick-off.

  57. LINE-UPS

    Rangers: Simonsen, McGregor, McCulloch, Mohsni, Wallace, Aird, Black, Law, Macleod, Clark, Boyd. Subs: Smith, Daly, Templeton, Peralta, Shiels, Robinson, Zaliukas.

    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Tremarco, Tansey, Williams, Watkins, Polworth, Doran, McKay. Subs: Esson, Ross, Devine, Horner, Christie.

    Referee: Crawford Allan

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    BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson

    Rangers are unchanged from their 4-0 win over Raith Rovers last Friday night, while Inverness manager John Hughes has made three changes, with Ryan Christie rested, and Graeme Shinnie and Ross Draper suspended. Liam Polworth, Greg Tansey and Carl Tremarco come into the side.

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    Inverness have been going well this season under John Hughes so it will be intriguing to see how they fare against a Rangers side that has won six games on the bounce, albeit at a lower level.

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    Thanks for joining me. The nights are drawing in, are they not, which makes evening football all the more appetising, I reckon. Floodlights, scarves, beef-flavoured drinks, it all adds to the atmosphere, which may be required for the game at Ibrox this evening. The home fans are unhappy at the goings-on off the pitch and this League Cup tie is not included on the season tickets, so the attendance will be small by Rangers' standards.