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Summary

  1. Rangers move second in Championship
  2. Andy Murdoch scores first goal for Rangers
  3. Kris Boyd adds Rangers' second
  4. Ryan Conroy pulls goal back for Rovers

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Thanks for your company tonight. Join us tomorrow for five games in the Scottish Premiership as Aberdeen hope to narrow the gap on leaders Celtic, who play on Sunday, and the battle to avoid relegation continues.

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    So the gloom over Ibrox has lifted at least for a while as they move back into second place in the Scottish Championship after a convincing win in Kirkcaldy.

  3. Rangers coach Gordon Durie on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The performance was great last week, but we didn't get the result and I think we got both tonight.

    "We probably made it a bit harder for ourselves in the last 15 minutes by switching off and giving them a goal.

    "We probably should have been out of sight by that time, but delighted with the three points and I think the scoreline flattered them.

    "I've had Andy with the Under-20s. He's got a great attitude and has goals like that in his locker.

    "He's got his chance and he's come in and taken it.

    "Delighted not just for him. I think the whole team showed a spirit that's what we need for the rest of the season.

    "Great for Boydy as well. He's not scored many goals and he had chances before that, but that will hopefully put him on the road to a lot more."

  4. Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It didn't feel like we got high enough up the pitch to bother them.

    "We did get a goal back, but it was not enough in the end.

    "It seems to be we have come up against Rangers in the league three times and they have been bang on each time.

    "It now makes it difficult for us for the play-offs regardless of what Falkirk and Queen of the South do tomorrow.

    "We need to go on another run."

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    Going back to Kris Boyd's comments. That was his tenth goal of the season. So he has 11 more to find before the end of the season if he is to reach his target.

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    You can now read Andy Burke's match report from tonight's match at Stark's Park here.

  7. Rangers striker Kris Boyd on BBC Radio Scotland

    "If we are going to take a positive from tonight, we have got the three points.

    "We have created the chances and again we've not taken them, but we've got the victory.

    "I have found myself in and out of the team and now I am back on the mark and hopefully I can kick on.

    "I know my performances have not been good enough, but any Old Firm striker should be getting 20 goals a season and hopefully I can aim for that now."

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    Rovers were disappointing and their run of seven games without defeat comes to an end to leave them in sixth place, still six points adrift of Falkirk.

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    Rangers end a run of three straight defeats to move back into second place in the Scottish Championship ahead of Hibs. A convincing victory despite the closeness of the scoreline.

  10. FULL-TIME

    Raith Rovers 1-2 Rangers

  11. Rangers coach Gordon Durie on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We made it harder for ourselves by losing that goal, but we got the three points.

    "If we had got the third one, it was game over, but we switched off and I think 2-1 flatters them.

    "I have had Andy with the 20s and he has been given his chance and taken it with a wonderful goal.

    "But not just him, we showed the spirit we need between now and the end of the season.

    "Great for Boydy as well. He had chances before that, but hopefully that will put him on the road to many more before the end of the season."

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    Rangers only have a few minutes more to dominate possession and play out time before claiming what could be an important win.

  13. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

    "Rangers have kept the pressure on Raith Rovers and the only surprise is that it is only 2-1."

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    Ryan Conroy scores to bring Rovers back into the game
    Image caption: Ryan Conroy's deflected shot brought Rovers back into the game in Kirkcaldy
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    Kris Boyd celebrates after putting Rangers 2-0 ahead
    Image caption: Kris Boyd had a bit of fortune before putting Rangers 2-0 ahead at Stark's Park
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    Kris Boyd goes close again for Rangers as he wriggles clear inside the penalty box, but his shot is deflected just wide.

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    Rovers' Ross Callachan does well to control a Kyle Hutton clearance and volleys on target from the edge of the penalty area, but Lee Robinson saves at his near post.

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    Rangers continue to dominate despite that goal and Kris Boyd sends a low drive straight at goalkeeper David McGurn, but Rovers are looking more lively now as they have rediscovered some belief.

  19. GOAL

    Raith Rovers 1-2 Rangers (Ryan Conroy)

    Out of nowhere, Rovers are back in the game as Mark Stewart's ball across the penalty box bobbles into the path of Ryan Conroy and the one-time Celtic winger's shot deflects off the foot of Lee Wallace, over despairing goalkeeper Lee Robinson and into the net.

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    Somehow Rangers are not 3-0 ahead as Haris Vuckic begins to show his class by turning inside before firing a powerful left-foot drive from 18 yards that goalkeeper David McGurn can only push away. The diving Nicky Clark somehow heads wide the rebound from in front of goal.

  21. GREAT SAVE!

    David McGurn prevents Rangers extending their lead as the goalkeeper blocks a powerful drive from Sebastien Faure at point-blank range following a corner.

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    A snap shot from Haris Vuckic stings the palms of Rovers goalkeeper David McGurn. Confidence is flowing into the Rangers veins now.

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    Former Raith Rovers midfielder Danny Lennon in the Stark's Park stand
    Image caption: The presence of former Raith Rovers midfielder Danny Lennon, now Scotland Under-21 caretaker, could not inspire the home side

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    Rangers go close again as Darren McGregor rises to head just over the crossbar from Nicky Law's corner.

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    At last Rovers spring into life and Christian Nade beats goalkeeper Lee Robinson to a Ryan Conroy cross, but the striker's header from eight yards flies over the bar.

  26. GOAL

    Raith Rovers 0-2 Rangers (Kris Boyd)

    Kris Boyd has a big smile on his face - a combination of relief and joy - as he extends Rangers' lead. The striker misses the ball completely with his first attempt to shoot inside a crowded penalty area, but he prods the ball home after Haris Vuckic drags the ball back into his path.

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    Kris Boyd congratulates scorer Andy Murdoch
    Image caption: Andy Murdoch (right) is all smiles as he is congratulated by Kris Boyd after giving Rangers the lead with his first goal for the club
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    Goalscorer Andy Murdoch turns provider with a lovely chip that sends Nick Clark in behind the Rovers defence. The striker skilfully chests the ball down and swivels, but his hitch kick goes wide of the far post. He didn't realise how much more time he had to pick his spot.

  29. KICK-OFF

    Raith Rovers kick off the second half and you imagine that manager Grant Murray will have urged them to improve on that lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

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    Rangers are making a change at half-time. A neck injury to Lee McCulloch means Darren McGregor, who is himself carrying an injury, comes back into central defence.

  31. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

    "The goal was absolutely top drawer and Kyle Hutton is beginning to enjoy himself in the middle of the park. But I'm really surprised at Raith Rovers as they are just not at it despite the presence of the cameras and a big crowd."

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    Andy Murdoch fires towards goal to give Rangers the lead
    Image caption: Andy Murdoch unleashes a thundering drive to give Rangers a deserved lead just before half-time
  33. HALF-TIME

    Raith Rovers 0-1 Rangers

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    Nicky Clark is showing why he scored so many goals for Queen of the South before his move to Rangers. The striker hooks a shot on the turn just over the crossbar. He surely deserves a run in the starting line-up and a chance to replicate his feats in Dumfries.

  35. Get involved #bbcfootscotland

    Billy Turnbull: "We should be four up." At least you have one now.

    Fred McGrath: "Not sure how wise it is to have betting company adverts behind the Rangers goalkeeper." Well spotted and a reference to Steve Simonsen, who is on the bench after serving his ban for gambling.

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    Kris Boyd sends a header towards the Rovers crossbar
    Image caption: Kris Boyd had gone closest to scoring before Andy Murdoch's goal, the striker's header hitting the crossbar.
  37. GOAL

    Raith Rovers 0-1 Rangers (Andy Murdoch)

    Andy Murdoch scores his first goal for Rangers as the 20-year-old midfielder, who has recently broken into the side, gathers the ball 20 yards out and drives a blistering strike into the far top corner. The diminutive Paisley boy packs a punch above his weight.

  38. Falkirk manager Peter Houston on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Raith Rovers are sitting off Rangers and that's not like them. They can't afford to do that and have to get in their faces."

  39. YELLOW CARD

    First yellow card of the game goes to the normally cultured Haris Vuckic as he is late with a sliding tackle on Rory McKeown. The Slovenian is looking a bit frustrated.

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    Raith Rovers legend Stevie Crawford (right), now with Hearts, back at Stark's Park with his head coach, Robbie Neilson
    Image caption: Raith Rovers legend Stevie Crawford (right), now with Hearts, is back at Stark's Park with his head coach, Robbie Neilson
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    A couple more long-range efforts from Rangers fail to break the deadlock. First, Haris Vuckic fires straight at goalkeeper David McGurn then Lee Wallace powers into the penalty box but finishes like the full-back heis, with his effort trundling wide of the back post.

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    Rangers are ramping up the pressure and Kris Boyd lays the ball into the path of Nicky Clark and his low drive from 18 yards skims wide.

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    Another Rangers set-piece, another chance with a header. It is Nicky Law's turn to float in a free-kick and Sebastien Faure, the hero at the other end a couple of minutes ago, heads powerfully but wide from 14 yards.

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    Nicky Clark rises at the back post to meet a clever chipped free-kick from Haris Vuckic, but it skims off the Rangers striker's head and wide.

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    Marius Zaliukas is a shadow of the player who came to prominence with Hearts and the defender is heading fresh air as he hands Rovers a great chance. Fortunately for the Lithuania international, Sebastien Faure slides in to block Mark Stewart's attempted shot from just inside the penalty box.

  46. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Kris Boyd goes mighty close to giving Rangers the lead as he leans back to meet a Lee Wallace cross and the striker's header clips the top of the bar from 12 yards.

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    Rangers have the first shot on goal, but Nicky Clark's powerful first-time effort flies a couple of feet over the crossbar. There appeared to be a deflection, but the referee gives a goal kick.

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    I'm predicting a few robust challenges as former Hearts striker Christian Nade clashes with Rangers defender Lee McCulloch. Rock or scissors? Which will come out on top?

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    Former Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson is pointing out on BBC Radio Scotland that Haris Vuckic, on loan from Newcastle United, and Nicky Law are being deployed on the wings by Kenny McDowall when both would prefer to be playing through the middle. Much about this Rangers team seems lop-sided at the moment.

  50. KICK-OFF

    Rangers kick off at Stark's Park against a Raith Rovers side who are unchanged, apart from being in their white change strip, given their recent excellent form.

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    New Raith Rovers chairman Alan Young has been telling BBC Radio Scotland that despite selling about 1,000 tickets directly to Rangers fans and the Ibrox club taking some themselves, some were sent back to the Kirkcaldy outfit, so it won't be a sell out.

    "It is great to have Rangers, Hibs and Hearts here, but moving to a Friday night does cost in terms of gate and corporate hospitality," he said, stressing that live television coverage has its downside.

  52. Get involved #bbcfootscotland

    Robert Ryan: "Must say that Lee McCulloch returning and replacing our arguably second best player this season in McGregor is a disgrace."

    bringthemonjpn: "All about motivation tonight, and goals. Rangers will be out of the start gate early."

  53. Falkirk manager Peter Houston on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The first goal is very important to Rangers. Recently, Rangers have had to chase games and that's when you lose your shape and discipline."

  54. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

    "When opposition play Rangers just now, they smell blood and are having a go at them. Raith Rovers did it a couple of weeks ago and will be in their faces again."

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    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    "There's an excuse making culture and a moping culture in this Rangers team and their manager. They need to give themselves a shake."

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    Meanwhile, Rovers sit sixth in the Championship table, six points behind Falkirk but with a game in hand, and really need a victory if they are to revive their own hopes of making the promotion play-offs.

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    Talking of off-field problems, there's no place for Steve Simonsen in goal for Rangers despite the Englishman being available again after his ban for breaching gambling rules. Simonsen finds himself on the bench, with Lee Robinson continuing between the sticks.

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    Gordon Durie was admitting there that Rangers' troubles off the park, with an extraordinary general meeting having been called where shareholder Dave King hopes to force out the current board, has filtered into the dressing-room.

    It is a chaotic atmosphere that has spilled on to the pitch, with Kenny McDowall having the air of a lame duck manager, having already announced, like predecessor Ally McCoist, that he intends to leave the club at the end of his 12-month rolling contract.

  59. Rangers coach Gordon Durie on BBC Radio Scotland

    "There's pressure on every game. We've been disappointing in the last few games.

    "There were positives last week and hopefully we take them into tonight and get a result.

    "Raith came to Ibrox a few weeks ago and deserved their win.

    "They looked as if they wanted it more than us, which was disappointing.

    "We've got a chance tonight to right that and hopefully we can do that."

  60. Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We realise it is a big game tonight. Rangers lost last Friday and will look to get back to winning ways.

    "The Cup game will have no bearing on tonight, although we have been using it as a confidence booster.

    "Since December here against Hibs, we are unbeaten and we have to work as hard as we can to maintain that.

    "We have to be looking to win games like tonight if we want to be involved in the play-offs as Falkirk and Queen of the South are above us."

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    Striker Nicky Clark is recalled to Rangers' starting line-up for the first time since December with Kenny Miller missing out through injury. Also back, from suspension, is captain Lee McCulloch, although I hesitate to suggest that the former Scotland international's return will strengthen the Rangers defence given his recent indifferent form. It is a straight swap for Darren McGregor, who has picked up a knock but does make the bench.

  62. LINE-UPS

    Raith: McGurn, Thomson, Watson, Hill, McKeown, Anderson, Callachan, Moon, Conroy, Stewart, Nade. Subs: Cuthbert, Fox, Scott, Vaughan, Robertson, Matthews, Barr.

    Rangers: Robinson, Faure, McCulloch, Zaliukas, Wallace, Law, Murdoch, Hutton, Vuckic, Clark, Boyd. Subs: Smith, Black, Daly, Templeton, Shiels, McGregor, Simonsen.

    Referee: Craig Charleston

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  64. Post update

    Rangers were many people's pre-season favourites to secure a third league title and promotion in a row. But, barring an unlikely collapse by runaway leaders Hearts, the Glasgow side now appear to be left chasing a play-off place to keep alive their hopes of playing in the Premiership next season.

  65. Post update

    Rangers are looking to get their promotion challenge back on track, but a victory would take them a point ahead of second-top Hibs with two games in hand.

  66. Post update

    While Rovers won that Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox, they were thoroughly thumped in their two Championship meetings with Rangers this season - 4-0 at Stark's Park and then 6-1 in Glasgow.

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    Rovers, in contrast, are unbeaten in seven games, although that victory over Rangers in the Scottish Cup is their only win in their last four games, having drawn the other three.

  68. Post update

    Rangers are looking to avoid a rare fourth straight defeat, being knocked out of the Scottish League Cup by Celtic, exiting the Scottish Cup at the hands of tonight's opponents then losing third place to Hibernian after the Edinburgh side won 2-0 at Ibrox.

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    Rovers shocked their more illustrious opponents by heading to Ibrox and winning 2-1 to move into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on 8 February.

  70. Post update

    Welcome to our live text commentary for tonight's Scottish Championship match between Raith Rovers and Rangers, a game given greater significance by a certain recent Scottish Cup result and the Glasgow club's on-field and off-field troubles.