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Summary

  1. FT: Falkirk 1-1 Rangers (Loy for Falkirk, McGregor for Rangers)
  2. Falkirk still trail visitors Rangers by five points
  3. Rangers miss the chance to go second
  4. Bairns up to fourth in table

Live Reporting

By Roddie McVake

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    But that's it from me tonight. Thanks for joining BBC Scotland for the 1-1 draw between Falkirk and Rangers and keep an eye on the BBC Scotland Sport website for reaction to tonight's match.

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    Remember there's plenty more SPFL action to come this weekend, not least the top-of-the Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on Sunday.

    In the Championship tomorrow, league leaders Hearts are at home to Cowdenbeath and second-placed Hibernian are away to Alloa Athletic.

  3. FALKIRK MANAGER PETER HOUSTON

    "Our strikers worked them really hard and we had the best chances in the first half. Jamie MacDonald didn't have a lot to do. We were the team on the front foot and I was delighted with the players' efforts.

    "We went behind but quickly got the equaliser and we could have gone on to score more goals.

    "We've improved as the season has gone on and one defeat in 15 games tells you that."

  4. RANGERS MANAGER KENNY MCDOWALL

    "I think it was a point gained because we were poor tonight. The lads battled away in the second half but the first half was poor and nothing like the standards we've been getting to.

    "Falkirk played well and kept Us pegged back for spells in the game.

    "We dug in in the second half and I was pleased with that.

    "The rest of the teams have got to play tomorrow and we'll see what that brings. This is not an easy place to come so leaving here with a point is not a bad result for us."

  5. GET INVOLVED

    William in Glasgow: "Torturous viewing as usual from Rangers. Hopefully this time next week everyone with the club at heart is feeling more positive."

  6. GET INVOLVED

    Falkirk striker Rory Loy was as good as anyone on the park tonight, in fact he was better than most.

    Mike the Dundee United fan said: "Wish Loy was heading to the other side of Tannadice Street."

    I can see why Mike.

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    At the end of those 90 minutes, Rangers miss the chance to go second in the Championship table while Falkirk are up to fourth, overtaking Queen of the South, for around 24 hours at least.

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    The final whistle is met with a chorus of boos. Not sure which set of fans were more unhappy with the outcome as Falkirk will feel that is a game they could have won.

  9. FULL-TIME

    Referee Willie Collum brings the game to a close and that was a second half to forget...

    It finishes 1-1 at the Falkirk Stadium.

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    David Templeton is on his bike again down the left and again he's taken out, this time by Will Vaulks. The Bairns man picks up a yellow card for his efforts.

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    We're into five minutes of added time...

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    Rory Loy turns well in the box and fires a ball across the face of the Rangers goal, no takers though.

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    Rory Loy gives Rangers keeper Lee Robinson a fright as he charges down an attempted clearance. The ball goes wide though.

  14. SUBSTITUTION

    Falkirk make their final change as Craig Sibbald goes off and David Smith comes on.

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    Rangers' Nicky Law beats two players and races off down the left, his ball into the box is headed out by David McCracken and falls to Kris Boyd but he fails to make the right connection and the ball goes wide.

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    Kris Boyd smashes the ball toward goal from the free-kick but it goes harmlessly wide.

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    David Templeton gets his first real touch of the ball and draws a foul from Mark Kerr. The Bairns midfielder gets a booking and Rangers have a free-kick in a good position.

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    We're into the last 10 minutes and it doesn't look like a goal is on the cards.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Falkirk make their second change as John Baird goes off and Taylor Morgan enters the fray. Baird had a very good game.

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    The final ball from Rangers has been woeful at times tonight as another move breaks down on the edge of the area.

  21. SUBSTITUTION

    Another change for the visitors and it's David Templeton on in place of Andy Murdoch. Kenny McDowall is making his play for all three points.

  22. SUBSTITUTION

    With 15 minutes left Rangers also make a change, sending on veteran striker Kenny Miller for Haris Vuckic.

  23. SUBSTITUTION

    Falkirk boss Peter Houston takes Tom Taiwo off and sends on Blair Alston.

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    Falkirk have a decent sight of goal as a David McCracken knock down finds Rory Loy in the box, but Stevie Smith is there to make a vital block. From zero to hero in less than a minute.

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    Stevie Smith has had a few bad moments in recent minutes and the Rangers fans aren't happy with the left back.

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    Rangers link up well down the right with Sebastien Faure and Haris Vuckic but at the vital moment Nicky Clark stumbles and the chance is gone.

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    Falkirk show a glimpse of their first-half form as John Baird works himself a yard of space and fires in a shot from 20 yards, but Lee Robinson gathers it easily.

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    Doug Henderson

    In the next few days Falkirk will have a new chairman, Doug Henderson, and he is watching tonight's match from the stand.

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    Tom Taiwo is fine to play on and Kyle Hutton is getting some running repairs on the touchline. That's enough Casualty now lads, let's get back to the football.

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    There's another collision in midfield as Kyle Hutton and Tom Taiwo accidentally clash heads. It looks a nasty one but thankfully both players seem to be ok.

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    Falkirk's Craig Sibbald has taken a knock but he's getting back to his feet and should be ok to continue.

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    Haris Vuckic tries to spark a Rangers attack but after a promising run through midfield he plays a hopeless ball to nobody.

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    Tom Taiwo drills another corner into the area and any touch could take it into the net, but the Rangers back line manages to clear.

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    Bilel Mohsni gives away a corner under no real pressure. Sometimes the big centre back really does make the simple things look difficult.

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    It's a bit more scrappy in the early stages of the second half and that might just suit the visitors, who struggled against Falkirk's fluent style in the opening 45 minutes.

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    Falkirk manager Peter Houston is urging his men forward from the touchline. No doubt the former Dundee United boss senses this match is there for the taking.

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    Rangers midfielder Nicky Law delivers a curling ball in from the left but it's too high for Kris Boyd.

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    Falkirk are straight up the park again, putting the pressure on. Eventually the ball falls to Luke Leahy and this time his effort goes just over the junction of bar and post. He's getting closer.

  39. KICK-OFF

    We're underway again...

  40. GET INVOLVED

    James in Giffnock: "I sense Rangers have a fight on their hands. It's a cold February night in Falkirk alright."

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    The second half is not far away now...

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    Richard Wilson at the Falkirk Stadium

    BBC Scotland

    "If artistic merit counted, Falkirk would be ahead against Rangers. They have played the slicker, more incisive, more inventive football, while Rangers have tended to deliver the ball high to Kris Boyd or long into the channels for Nicky Clark. The nagging concern for Peter Houston will be that a recurring failure of his side has been a tendency to not be ruthless enough against opponents they outplay. That has also been a theme of the opening half at the Falkirk Stadium."

  43. HALF-TIME

    Willie Collum brings the first half to a close and it's Falkirk boss Peter Houston who will be the happier, but he'll know those missed chances could come back to bite the Bairns in the second half.

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    Haris Vuckic gets into the Falkirk box but his attempt with his left foot is tame and proves no problem for Jamie MacDonald.

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    Loy goal

    Rory Low levelled things up at the Falkirk Stadium with a superb header from John Baird's delivery.

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    More nice link-up play in the final third from Falkirk, but John Baird's drive from the edge of the box is wild and wide.

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    The visitors enjoy a decent spell of possession but there's no end product...

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    Rory Loy shows excellent skill to work himself some space on the left of Rangers' box, but his attempted cross takes a flick and falls kindly for keeper Lee Robinson. Any Dundee fans watching this must already be excited about seeing this man in their side next term.

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    There's 10 minutes left of the first half and Falkirk will be the happier so far. With the scores locked at 1-1, it's the Bairns who are the more dangerous side going forward. Plenty of fluency from Peter Houston's side.

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    goal

    Defender Darren McGregor gave Rangers the lead with a thunderous strike but Falkirk hit back immediately.

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    Falkirk get another corner and Tom Taiwo's ball goes straight to, guess who? Yes, it's Luke Leahy but this time his shot is far better and only a decent block stops it reaching the goal.

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    Richard Wilson at the Falkirk Stadium

    BBC Scotland

    "The two teams at the Falkirk Stadium have traded goals, but it is the home side that will feel emboldened. Falkirk have looked the sharper, more sprightly and more incisive side. Rangers have been on their heels at times, with John Baird and Rory Loy stretching hesitant defenders, while Kris Boyd has won every ball he has challenged for in the air. Rangers need to stifle their opponents better, though, or they will keep suffering moments of alarm at the back."

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    It's hotting up now as Rangers' Kris Boyd gets a header away at the back post, but Bairns keeper Jamie MacDonald gets a hand to it and turns it away.

  54. GOAL

    FALKIRK 1-1 RANGERS (RORY LOY)

    The Bairns weren't behind for long as Craig Sibbald feeds John Baird down the left and his cross into the area is expertly nodded beyond Lee Robinson by that man Rory Loy. That's 12 for the season for the striker.

  55. GOAL

    FALKIRK 0-1 RANGERS (DARREN MCGREGOR)

    Rangers hit the front from a set piece. Nicky Law fires the ball into the box that Kris Boyd flicks on, and after a spot of pin-ball it breaks to defender Darren McGregor who clubs it right-footed into the bottom corner.

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    Haris Vuckic is spoken to by referee Willie Collum after a clumsy challenge on Rory Loy. Tom Taiwo launches the free-kick into the area but it drifts beyond the back post.

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    Rangers striker Nicky Clark gets a shot away at the edge of the box but it's blocked away.

  58. JOIN THE DEBATE

    Rangers fan Billy Turnbull on Twitter: "Tricky match tonight, we will be doing well to win."

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    Another Falkirk corner falls to Luke Leahy outside the box and again his shot from distance ends up in the stands. Has he spotted someone in there he doesn't like?

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    Falkirk go close again as Mark Kerr slides a superb pass into the feet of John Baird but his cross into the danger area is cut out by the Rangers defence.

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    Gordon Strachan

    Under a rather large hood, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is keeping an eye on events at the Falkirk Stadium.

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    Now it's Rangers' turn to threaten as Nicky Clark breaks down the left and gets a lucky break, but his cross finds no-one.

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    Craig Sibbald takes the first corner of the night but when it finally falls to Luke Leahy, his shot is one to forget. Miles wide from the Falkirk man.

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    The visitors are trying to get their foot on the ball here but are not finding it easy, with the Bairns very sharp in the early stages.

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    Falkirk are the first to threaten and it's former Rangers striker Rory Loy who turns brilliantly on the left flank and then drills a great ball into the box, but there are no takers in the six yard box.

  66. KICK-OFF

    The referee's whistle gets us going in Falkirk...

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    The teams are out on the pitch, with referee Willie Collum ready to get us underway...

  68. RANGERS INTERIM MANAGER KENNY MCDOWALL

    "It's always a tough game here, Peter's teams are always well organised and busy."

  69. FALKIRK MANAGER PETER HOUSTON

    "We're playing two up front, Loy and Baird are a handful for any defence in this division. We're at home, we're expected to go and make the play, and that's what we're going to do.

    "We have a decent squad of players. We have good players on the bench who can come on and change things as well.

    "I was impressed with Rangers at Raith Rovers, although I think Raith will be disappointed that they sat off them a bit. We know Rangers will be strong, but we have a decent chance tonight."

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    Richard Wilson at the Falkirk Stadium

    BBC Scotland

    "Falkirk are on an impressive run, unbeaten in 2015, while Rangers have been indifferent. That sets the stage for finely-balanced encounter. There's good experience in the home side, to complement some exciting youngsters, but Rangers have the motivation of overtaking Hibernian in second place if they win. Both sides will attack, so the result will come down to which team is sharper and more reliable up front."

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    The five minute countdown is on until kick-off at the Falkirk Stadium...

  72. Post update

    A bit of boardroom news has emerged concerning Falkirk. Chairman Martin Ritchie will be stepping down with Doug Henderson replacing him.

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    Our reporters at the Falkirk Stadium are snatching a few words with the managers...

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    Andy Murdoch

    Rangers midfielder Andy Murdoch has enjoyed a big week in his young career. Last week he scored a cracker in the 2-1 win at Raith Rovers and then in midweek he signed a new deal until 2017. He's in the Rangers side tonight again...

  75. LINE-UPS

    Falkirk: MacDonald, Duffie, Grant, McCracken, Leahy, Sibbald, Vaulks, Taiwo, Kerr, Loy, Baird. Subs: Alston, Smith, Bowman, Dick, Cooper, Maybury, Morgan.

    Rangers: Robinson, Faure, Mohsni, Smith, McGregor, Law, Murdoch, Hutton, Vuckic, Clark, Boyd. Subs: Miller, Black, Daly, Templeton, Shiels, Hackett, Walsh.

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    The line-ups for tonight's match are imminent...

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    Off the pitch, Rangers have been in the spotlight this week after the SPFL match delegate's report from last Friday night at Stark's Park included sectarian chanting by their fans.

    That has led to appeals this week from the club and fans' groups, asking the travelling support tonight to be on their best behaviour.

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    A win will take Rangers into second spot, although Hibernian will overtake them again if they beat Alloa Athletic on Saturday.

    Falkirk are currently in fifth place but they will go into the top four with a win or a draw tonight.

  79. Post update

    These sides have met three times already this season and it's Rangers who have a clean sweep so far.

    They won 2-0 and 4-0 in the Championship and also beat the Bairns 3-1 in the League Cup, but Falkirk have improved hugely in recent months and will be full of confidence tonight.

  80. Post update

    We're getting the early team news from the Falkirk Stadium and home striker Rory Law, who has agreed a deal to join Dundee un the summer, is in the starting line-up.

    Fresh from signing a new long-term contract at Ibrox, young midfielder Andy Murdoch has also kept his place in the Rangers line-up. There are, however, changes in the Rangers back line...

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  82. Post update

    The hosts go into tonight's match in fine form, unbeaten in eight games in all competitions. The visitors, meanwhile, ended a run of three straight defeats last Friday night by winning 2-1 at Raith Rovers.

  83. Post update

    Good evening and welcome to BBC Scotland's live text commentary as Falkirk entertain Rangers in the Scottish Championship.