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Colin Moffat

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    I'll sign off now. We'll be back with more action from Ibrox on Wednesday when the semi-final kicks-off. Thanks for your company and enjoy what's left of your weekend.

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    Before I go, a quick recap on the play-off situation. Rangers are through to the semi-final after edging past Queen of the South. Hibernian are the team waiting to go head-to-head over two legs this Wednesday and Saturday and the last Championship side standing will then take on Motherwell, again over two legs, for a place in the top flight next season.

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    We'll have online highlights of all of yesterday's Premiership games live in around five minutes, so don't stray too far.

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    There is another play-off going on right now, with Alloa at home to Forfar for a place in the Championship next season. It's 0-0 after 20 minutes, with the visitors 3-1 up from the first leg. If you want to watch that, the BBC ALBA coverage is being streamed online.

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    Rangers manager Stuart McCall

    "I think there would have been a lot of doubters when we went a goal behind. I was pleased with a lot of the first-half play. We found a way to get through and I'm proud of the lads for that. You can understand the tension from the fans but on the flip side we're grateful to them for their support too.

    "I just wish we could put away a higher ratio of chances. It was a lovely goal, good football. If we had got the first goal it would have made it easier for ourselves, but we didn't. I think over the piece we deserved to go through. We've got two teams going into the next leg in good form. I am confident that we'll be ready on Wednesday. It can work in two ways - Hibs have had 18 days off and we've had two tough games. I am just focusing on getting through the next round."

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

    [Looking ahead to the play-off semi-final] "If it's purely a football contest, then I think Hibs are the only winners, so Rangers need to go and bully them. That worked well for them the last time they were at Easter Road [a 2-0 win], when they were really in their faces."

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    BBC Scotland's Tom English on Rangers

    "They haven't set the heather alight but Rangers have improved considerably. There is a discipline about them which wasn't there before. They have a character about them. They don't throw the towel in. When they went a goal down, they were all calling for the ball."

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    It's all over for Queen of the South but the Dumfries side can be very proud of their season. The Doonhamers won 17 and drew 9 of their 36 league matches, hanging on to the coattails of the 'big three', and they pushed Rangers all the way in this play-off quarter-final.

    They are sure to be a force in the Championship next season, although there is sure to be a few clubs sniffing around some of their younger stars.

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    Queen of the South manager James Fowler

    "The players were excellent. When Rangers had us under the cosh, we stood up. The momentum of the game changes. If we got that second goal we could have taken that confidence on. We have had great support from the chairman, which is pleasing in my first season.

    "The players have bought in to what we are trying to do. Their work ethic is up there with as good as I have seen. Rangers had us pegged back and we tweaked the formation. We weathered that storm. We got the lead and it was a real positive. Unfortunately, we couldn't get another goal. There will be some players moving on and some interest in the younger ones."

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    Never mind the Rangers' players legs, can the fans handle another high-stakes game so soon? There was a near full-house at Ibrox today and there will have been a lot of chewed fingernails. I suspect this play-off journey won't get any easier on the nerves.

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    The deal to bring five Newcastle players to Ibrox on loan in January has been widely criticised, given four of them were in no condition to make any meaningful contribution. But Rangers have found a gem in Haris Vuckic, who was once again their brightest light today. A constant menace in the final third, he also popped up with a fantastic clearing header late on, saving a certain goal.

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    Rangers need to go again at Ibrox on Wednesday night. Spirits will be high after making progress today but that effort may have taken its toll on the legs since the tempo was high throughout. Hibs will be well rested ahead of the next double-header. Will that be a factor?

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    The dejected Queen of the South players are out to applaud their band of followers at Ibrox and the home supporters join in with a sporting clap. James Fowler's side were under the cosh for long spells today but certainly gave Rangers a fright along the way, taking an unlikely lead then forcing a series of late corners as they sought a way back.


    Rangers 1-1 Queen of the South (3-2)

    Rangers are through to meet Hibernian in the semi-final play-off. Those games are coming up on Wednesday and Saturday. The season is over for the Queen of the South.

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    Ian McShane fails to get his free-kick over the defensive wall and that's it. The final whistle sounds...

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    Free kick to Queens in a central position 25 yards out. Time for a hero?

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    Kevin Holt and Andy Durnan appeal to the assistant referee as Lee Wallace runs away to celebrate his goal

    Kevin Holt and Andy Durnan appeal to the assistant referee as Lee Wallace runs away to celebrate his goal.

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    We're into the 90th minute and we'll get three more.

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    Rangers are now operating with a back five and they are not straying from the edge of their own penalty area, inviting Queens to try and play through them.

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    Yet another corner to Queens but this time the delivery from Ian McShane is far too heavy and it's a long way back for the defenders who had come forward...


    Rangers make a double change as defenders Bilel Mohsni and Stevie Smith come on for Dean Shiels and Nicky Clark.

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    Another Queens corner. Some head-tennis. Rangers hack it clear and the visitors come again. It's frantic stuff as we enter the the final seven minutes.

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    A third corner in quick succession for Queens and former Rangers trainee Andy Dowie sends a glancing header narrowly wide, although there was a man on the post.

  24. CLOSE!

    Haris Vuckic again shows his defensive prowess as he leaps to head clear on his own goal line to deny Derek Lyle, who thought he had picked his spot with a smart, curling shot.

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    Haris Vuckic pops up in his own six yard box to hook away a dangerous cross from Lewis Kidd. Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell had a diving flap at it but wasn't even close.

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    There is certainly no sign of Rangers sitting on their aggregate lead as the home side continue to flood forward. Some fans may be casting a nervous eye at the lack of players left at the back.


    It's the final roll of the dice from Queens in terms of personnel as teenager Aidan Smith replaces Gavin Reilly up front.

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    More good work from Haris Vuckic as he rolls a smart return pass into the feet of Nicky Law, but the midfielder's low shot is repelled by the legs of Zander Clark guarding his near post.

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    Lee Wallace levels for Rangers

    Goal-den moment: Lee Wallace picks up on a chest pass by Nicky Clark to level for Rangers in the second leg and put his team 3-2 up on aggregate.


    Defender Mark Durnan is the man departing to make room for Iain Russell. That's an attacking midfielder for a central defender. The visitors need another goal or the season ends here for them.


    Stephen McKenna is brought on to beef up the Queens midfield, with Mark Millar making way. Iain Russell is also getting ready to come off the bench.

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    How will Gavin Reilly be feeling right now? Moments before that Lee Wallace goal, the Queens striker was clean through but could not get the ball under control.

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    Queens are still penned in as an off-balance Haris Vuckic sends a shot high over the target from 12 yards or so.

  34. GOAL

    Rangers 1-1 Queen of the South (3-2) (Wallace)

    Zander Clark is finally beaten and it's a well-worked goal that sees Rangers move ahead on aggregate. Haris Vuckic picks out Nicky Clark with a lofted pass and the striker uses his chest to lay the ball off for Lee Wallace to sweep home from six yards.

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    A simple ball over the top and Rangers are undone but Gavin Reilly takes a couple of clumsy touches and the ball rolls through to Cammy Bell.

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    Another collective groan from the home crowd as Nicky Law's dipping free-kick from 22 yards rustles against the top of the net.


    Kenny Miller has to score. No! Somehow goalkeeper Zander Clark gets a hand out to stop the Rangers striker's firm header from six yards. The ball bounced clear off Clark's face but that goes down as a top, top save.

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    This is probably Queens' best spell as Ian McShane has a shot from long range saved by Cammy Bell.

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    Queens make a rare foray up the park and Danny Carmichael is chopped down right in front of the linesman, who does nothing, leaving it to referee Kevin Clancy to eventually award the free kick near the corner flag. The set-piece comes to nothing but at least the visitors are spending some time in the opposition half.

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    Queens are sitting deep, packing men behind the ball as Rangers patiently move it around looking for an opening. Nicky Clark nods a lofted pass from Nicky Law into the path of Lee Wallace, who fires in a shot that is pushed away by Zander Clark.

  41. KICK-OFF

    Rangers get the second half started. There's a lot at stake. Who has the nerve to get through?

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    How will Queens approach the second half? They will need to improve their ball retention for a start or they will continue to be under the cosh. The visitors do have a few nippy players and that could be a factor if Rangers go chasing it.

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson

    "The fragility of Rangers' defence was laid bare in the first half and now Queens have a goal and the chance to play deep and narrow, to try to thwart Rangers and take this tie to extra-time."

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    Rangers striker Kenny Miller

    Rangers striker Kenny Miller takes a moment to gather his thoughts after Derek Lyle's goal stunned the home fans. The goal really knocked the wind out of the home team, who lost their way in the 10 minutes before the interval.

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    Well, well. I'm not sure many saw that Queens goal coming. Rangers were flooding forward and absolutely running the show - enjoying lot of room on the flanks, while Haris Vuckic was busy scheming away in behind the strikers. Suddenly, Danny Carmichael popped up in acres of space to deliver a great cross and Derek Lyle just wanted it more than the Rangers defenders.

  46. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Isaac Callan: "Are away goals a rule in the SPFL Championship Play-Offs? #bbcscotfootball"

    No, Isaac, we'll get extra time and maybe penalties if the teams are level on aggregate after 90 minutes.


    Rangers 0-1 Queen of the South (2-2)

    A few boos ring out at Ibrox as the teams trot off. The home fans have seen their favourites completely dominate but Queens, who have been pretty woeful to be honest, are the team in front today, drawing level on aggregate thanks to Derek Lyle's header.

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    Dean Shiels gives the ball away deep in his own half and Gavin Reilly quickly feeds Kevin Holt. The Queen of the South wing-back fancies a pop from distance but the shot flies straight at goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

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    Derek Lyle heads Queens level on aggregate

    Here's a look at the goal... Queens striker Derek Lyle nods in his 21st goal of the season and his second against Rangers across the two legs of this play-off quarter-final.


    Darren McGregor is cautioned for hauling down tricky Queens forward Gavin Reilly near the halfway line.

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    Haris Vuckic arrows a low, 25-yard free-kick towards the opposite bottom corner and Zander Clark makes another solid save, pushing the ball round the post. From the resulting corner, Marius Zaliukas heads over.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Peter Houston

    "It's a total sucker punch. I wondered how long Rangers could keep the pace up, and there you go, Queens have scored against the run of play."

  53. GOAL

    Rangers 0-1 Queen of the South (2-2) (Lyle)

    The tie is level! Queens string a few passes together for the first time this afternoon and Danny Carmichael swings in a lovely cross from the right for Derek Lyle to nod it firmly past Cammy Bell.

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    David in Moray: "Unlike last season, the Championship side that wins thru will be facing a team with decent recent form. With the backing of a sizeable and very noisy support, Motherwell will be a very difficult hurdle for QoS/Hibs to negotiate."

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    Andy Murdoch is the next Rangers player to have a go but the little midfielder's rising shot zips high over the crossbar.


    Haris Vuckic is the main man right now as he weaves his way past a couple of opponents in white to drill in a shot from the left edge of the box. Queens keeper Zander Clark needs every inch of his tall frame to touch it away.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Derek Ferguson

    "Rangers look sharper, quicker, stronger. The hunger and desire is there at the moment. The only thing that is missing, from a Rangers point of view, is a goal."

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    Mark Durnan over-cooks a simple pass to a team-mate near the halfway line and suddenly Haris Vuckic is speeding towards goal. The Slovenian squares to Nicky Clark but the Rangers striker can't get his shot away quickly enough and in comes Kevin Holt with a great sliding tackle to save the day.

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    Chris Higgins is at it again with another good block as Kenny Miller slides the ball to the onrushing Dean Shiels. Queens are really stretched at the moment.

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    Haris Vuckic is popping up in a lot of good areas in front of the Queens defence as he slips a pass through to Nicky Clark but visiting captain Chris Higgins does well to snuff out the danger with a good sliding block.

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    Haris Vuckic twists one way then another inside the Queens penalty box and has the ball taken off his toes by team-mate Nicky Law, who then fires in a low shot that Zander Clark does well to stop with a smart, diving save.

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    Mark Durnan is involved again, this time heading clear near his own goal as Richard Forster clips in a dangerous cross from the right.

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    Queens defender Mark Durnan attempts an ambitious overhead kick from a deep free-kick only to send the ball high into the Copland Road stand behind Cammy Bell's goal.

  64. CLOSE!

    Lee Wallace plays a smart one-two with Haris Vuckic to get in behind the visiting defence. The full-back then pings a firm delivery across goal to Nicky Clark but the striker's volley whistles wide from 10 yards.

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    The pace has settled down to a mere whirlwind now as Gavin Reilly sets himself up for a shot on the edge of the Rangers box but the Queens forward tugs it wide of the target - well wide.

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    The ball has not been on the carpet-like surface very often in a frantic opening, with both sets of defenders getting some early heading practice.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Derek Ferguson

    "The pitch is like a bowling green. It's like a carpet out there, so no excuses today."

  68. KICK-OFF

    Referee Kevin Clancy peeps his whistle and Queen of the South get the action started.

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    The teams emerge from the tunnel to a noisy reception. Rangers in blue, Queens in white - a reverse of the colours worn last weekend. Not long to go now...

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    Falkirk manager Peter Houston, on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I've been really looking forward to the game for the last few days, whether Stuart McCall sticks or twists. The big thing for Queens is making sure they are in the game at half-time."

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    There is another play-off game today, with Forfar going to Alloa with a 3-1 lead. The winner will be in the Championship next season. That one starts at 17:30 and is live on BBC ALBA and online.

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    Queen of the South manager James Fowler

    Queen of the South manager James Fowler looks relaxed in the dugout at Ibrox. That may all change in five minutes when the action kicks off.

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    After a squabble with the SPFL over admission prices and season tickets, Rangers are charging a flat fee of £5. With the league imposing a 50% levy on play-off revenue, the gesture rewards loyal fans, it may attract a few newcomers or lapsed followers and it will definitely rile the game's governors.

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    BBC Scotland's Tom English at Ibrox

    "I must say, coming in to the stadium today it feels like it used to feel before the implosion of this club."

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    Motherwell defender Stephen McManus is in bullish mood as the Steelmen wait for the play-off final: "If you look at these last nine games and compare them to the first nine games, then you can see we've not been on a dramatic slide.

    "The reason we are sitting second bottom is not because of what happened on Saturday - it's been results over the course of the whole season.

    "But we just need to dust ourselves down and work as hard as we can to make sure we stay in this division.

    "We've been in this league for a long time and we know it will be a big ask but we believe we are more than capable of winning these two games."

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    Following yesterday's loss to relegated St Mirren, Motherwell are now confirmed as finalists in this long process.

    Is the script written for Stuart McCall to face the club he left back in November? There's at least 270 minutes of football to go before then, so there are sure to be a few twists and turns to come.

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    Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs will be an interested spectator at Ibrox

    Hibs boss Alan Stubbs popped into BBC Scotland HQ on his way to Ibrox and said: "If it's going to be Rangers fine, if it's going to be Queen of the South, fine. I honestly think we've got a good chance of coming through the tie.

    "I am confident with the group of players we've got. We've had a good time away. It was great for team bonding. We've trained really well together."

    On the gap without a game - "We had three or four days with tough sessions. We have international breaks where we have no games for 14 days. If anything, I think it will give the players an edge. I am relaxed because I trust my players. I know they are ready."

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    Hibernian are waiting for the winners of this tie, with the semi-final being played over Wednesday and Saturday. So today's victors will only have two days to prepare, while the Edinburgh team, who have been off to a training camp in Spain, will have been without a match for 18 days. Which is the better preparation? We'll find out soon enough...

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    Queens finished the 'regular season' seven points behind third-placed Rangers and deserve enormous credit for getting so close to a rival with a budget that absolutely dwarfs the money spent at Palmerston. And manager James Fowler merits a special mention for the job he's done. The 34-year-old started the season as player-coach but stepped up in September when Jim McIntyre left and has taken to the job like a duck to water.

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    Queen of the South manager James Fowler
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    Rangers manager Stuart McCall
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    That's one change for Rangers, former Queens striker Nicky Clark coming in for Steven Smith. The visitors also make one alteration to their starting line-up, with Mark Millar replacing Stephen McKenna in central midfield.

    Both teams went 3-5-2 in the first leg but that looks like an old fashioned 4-4-2 from Rangers today.


    Rangers: Bell, Foster, McGregor, Zaliukas, Wallace; Murdoch, Law, Shiels, Vuckic, Miller, Clark. Subs: Simonsen, Mohsni, Smith, Black, Crawford, Walsh, Boyd.

    Queen of the South: Clark, Durnan, Dowie, Higgins, Kidd, Millar, McShane, Holt, Carmichael, Lyle, Reilly. Subs: Paton, McKenna, Russell, Hooper, Smith, Atkinson, Pickard.

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    Derek Lyle knocked in his 20th goal of the season for the Doonhamers last week and the 34-year-old striker looks like the visitors' best bet as they seek the all-important first goal this afternoon. Having beaten Rangers twice at home earlier in the season and drawing 1-1 on their last visit to Ibrox, Queens should not be troubled by any inferiority complex.

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    Stuart McCall has lost just once in the 12 games he has overseen as Rangers boss and that was to today's opponents. However, that 3-0 reverse in Dumfries was atoned for in the first leg of this play-off. Stevie Smith curled in a fabulous free-kick and Dean Shiels steered home a smart header after the hosts had levelled.

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    Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the Premiership play-off quarter-final second leg. Rangers hold a 2-1 lead over Queen of the South from last weekend's encounter at Palmerston and will have the backing of a big Ibrox crowd.

    The season ends today for one of these teams...