Rangers v Falkirk
McCulloch 18′, 52′ Little 32′
- FT 90 +3
- HT 2-0
Rangers cruised into the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup with victory against Falkirk.
Falkirk started positively, David Wheatherston striking the post with an early shot.
But the hosts moved into the lead when Lee McCulloch headed home and Andy Little continued his recent scoring form with Rangers' second.
McCulloch took advantage of a defensive mix-up to fire his second of the evening seven minutes after the break.
The Ibrox side, who last week knocked the Bairns out of the Ramsdens Cup, join seven fellow Scottish Football League clubs and eight Scottish Premier League sides in Monday's third round draw.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist took his place in the dugout after receiving a suspended three-match touchline ban in the run-up to kick-off.
On the park, Falkirk almost took the lead when Wheatherston's shot came back off the post and Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander struggled to deal with a cross by Lyle Taylor moments later.
Rangers responded with McCulloch flashing a shot wide from the edge of the box.
However, the former Wigan player did find the net on 18 minutes, powerfully nodding Ian Black's corner past Michael McGovern.
Sebastien Faure almost marked his Rangers debut with a goal, McGovern blocking the Frenchman's long-range shot before tipping over a Little header.
Dean Shiels, back after a two-game injury absence, was the architect of Rangers' second, superbly laying on the pass for his Northern Ireland teammate Little to finish.
Blair Alston had a shot saved as Falkirk bid to reduce their arrears and Taylor's 30-yard free-kick early in the second half drifted wide.
And McCoist's men made sure of progress to the next round when McGovern came off his line to retrieve McCulloch's lofted ball but the keeper was left stranded after an intervention by Chris Smith and McCulloch profited with a composed finish.
Youngsters Barry McKay and Robbie Crawford as well as experienced forward Kevin Kyle made appearances from the bench as Rangers withdrew Shiels, Faure and Lewis MacLeod.
And Kyle created a chance for Little with a headed knock-down but the club's top scorer chipped too high with the goal at his mercy.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist: "Miles better, no comparison. I was really disappointed at the way we passed the ball and performed in Berwick. Tonight was a lot better.
"Some of the passing was excellent but I still believe we can do better when we've got the ball.
"The most pleasing aspect of our game was getting the ball back, closing down and hunting in packs. I thought we were excellent at that and I thought we deserved to win the game."
Falkirk manager Steven Pressley: "My players gave me absolutely everything.
"We just lost goals at key moments. We created a couple of really good opportunites, we hit the inside of the post.
"After that good start, we lost a goal to a set play and that gave Rangers confidence."
- 01 Alexander
- 02 Argiriou
- 03 Bocanegra
- 04 Cribari
- 05 Wallace Booked
- 06 McCulloch
- 07 Faure (Kyle - 77' )
- 08 Black
- 10 Shiels (McKay - 63' )
- 11 MacLeod (Crawford - 77' )
- 09 Little
- 16 Gallacher
- 12 Christopher Hegarty
- 15 Crawford
- 14 Kyle
- 17 McKay
- 01 McGovern
- 02 Duffy
- 03 Kingsley
- 04 Flynn
- 05 Smith
- 06 Fulton
- 07 Alston
- 08 Murdoch
- 09 Taylor
- 10 Sibbald (Haworth - 70' )
- 11 Weatherston (Fulton - 86' )
- 17 Bowman
- 12 McGeever
- 14 Fulton
- 15 Haworth
- 16 White
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +1:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barrie McKay by Stephen Kingsley. Anestis Argyriou restarts play with the free kick.89:47
Ian Black takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.88:45
Chris Smith fouled by Andrew Little, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Flynn.88:12
The ball is delivered by Andrew Haworth.86:54
Shot from deep inside the area by Andrew Little goes over the bar.85:16 Substitution
Substitution (Falkirk) makes a substitution, with Dale Fulton coming on for David Weatherston.82:18
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Kyle. Stephen Kingsley restarts play with the free kick.81:49
Stephen Kingsley fouled by Andrew Little, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.80:05
The ball is crossed by Andrew Little, blocked by Stewart Murdoch.79:09
Jay Fulton takes a inswinging corner to the near post.78:27
Free kick crossed right-footed by Lyle Taylor, clearance made by Carlos Bocanegra.78:27 Booking
Booking Lee Wallace is shown a yellow card.78:11
Foul by Lee Wallace on Jay Fulton, free kick awarded.77:16
Anestis Argyriou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Haworth. Free kick crossed by Andrew Haworth, clearance by Anestis Argyriou.76:17 Substitution
Substitution Lewis Macleod goes off and Robbie Crawford comes on.76:17 Substitution
Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Kevin Kyle coming on for Sebastien Faure.76:10
Anestis Argyriou produces a cross, Chris Smith makes a clearance.75:16
The referee blows for offside against Lyle Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Anestis Argyriou.73:49
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Flynn by Andrew Little. Jonathan Flynn restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jonathan Flynn on Andrew Little, free kick awarded. Ian Black restarts play with the free kick.69:08 Substitution
Substitution Andrew Haworth is brought on as a substitute for Craig Sibbald.67:53
Corner taken by Ian Black.67:39
Barrie McKay produces a cross, blocked by Stephen Kingsley.67:01
The official flags Lee McCulloch offside. Free kick taken by Michael McGovern.65:44
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Emilson Cribari on Craig Sibbald. Direct free kick taken by Jay Fulton.65:08
Shot by Andrew Little from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.63:33
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Macleod on Stewart Murdoch. Stewart Murdoch takes the free kick.61:59
Ian Black takes the free kick.61:59 Substitution
Substitution Dean Shiels goes off and Barrie McKay comes on.61:59
Unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Jonathan Flynn results in a free kick.59:58
Long range shot by Craig Sibbald goes wide right of the goal.59:00
Foul by Lewis Macleod on Stewart Murdoch, free kick awarded. Stewart Murdoch takes the free kick.58:36
Sanchez Emilson Cribari takes a shot. Kieran Duffie gets a block in.58:13
Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, clearance by Chris Smith.53:04
Shot from just outside the box by Dean Shiels misses to the left of the target.52:30
Foul by Lewis Macleod on David Weatherston, free kick awarded. Stewart Murdoch restarts play with the free kick.51:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Lee McCulloch - Rangers 3 - 0 Falkirk Goal scored by Lee McCulloch from just inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Rangers 3-0 Falkirk.51:09
Centre by Dean Shiels.48:58
Lee Wallace sends in a cross, Chris Smith makes a clearance.48:26
Unfair challenge on Lewis Macleod by Stewart Murdoch results in a free kick. Lewis Macleod takes the direct free kick.46:10
Ian Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lyle Taylor. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Lyle Taylor.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +2:00 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.45:00 +1:17
A cross is delivered by Anestis Argyriou, Kieran Duffie makes a clearance.45:00 +1:04
Jay Fulton challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee McCulloch.45:00 +0:10
Anestis Argyriou sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Smith.44:51
Foul by Craig Sibbald on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Wallace.39:48
Unfair challenge on Stewart Murdoch by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick. Stewart Murdoch takes the direct free kick.39:39
The referee blows for offside. Michael McGovern takes the free kick.39:14
Corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line to the near post, Stephen Kingsley manages to make a clearance.39:01
Dean Shiels produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Chris Smith.37:37
Jay Fulton fouled by Andrew Little, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay Fulton.36:47
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Kingsley on Andrew Little. Ian Black restarts play with the free kick.33:17
Corner taken left-footed by Blair Alston, Chris Smith takes a shot. Neil Alexander makes a comfortable save.32:58
Stewart Murdoch produces a cross, Blair Alston takes a shot. Save by Neil Alexander.31:41
Assist by Dean Shiels.31:41 Goal scored
Goal! - Andrew Little - Rangers 2 - 0 Falkirk Andrew Little scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Rangers 2-0 Falkirk.30:24
Effort from a long way out by Jay Fulton goes wide of the left-hand upright.28:34
Foul by Stewart Murdoch on Andrew Little, free kick awarded. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.27:42
The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee McCulloch. Free kick taken by Jonathan Flynn.26:47
Corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Smith.26:26
Anestis Argyriou crosses the ball, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Save made by Michael McGovern.25:03
Lewis Macleod fouled by Kieran Duffie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Wallace.21:53
Ian Black sends in a cross, Michael McGovern makes a comfortable save.21:32
Corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Smith manages to make a clearance.21:05
Corner taken by Dean Shiels, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Jonathan Flynn gets a block in.20:47
Effort from 25 yards by Sebastien Faure. Michael McGovern makes a save.17:17
Assist by Ian Black.17:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Lee McCulloch - Rangers 1 - 0 Falkirk Lee McCulloch finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Rangers 1-0 Falkirk.16:57
Ian Black takes the outswinging corner,16:50
The ball is sent over by Sebastien Faure, clearance by Jonathan Flynn.15:11
Foul by Carlos Bocanegra on Craig Sibbald, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jay Fulton.14:58
Lyle Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Bocanegra. Free kick taken by Lee Wallace.14:09
Ian Black fouled by Craig Sibbald, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.13:34
The official flags Dean Shiels offside. Stewart Murdoch takes the indirect free kick.12:53
Effort from deep inside the area by Lee McCulloch misses to the left of the goal.12:39
Handball decision goes against Lee Wallace. Free kick taken by Kieran Duffie.12:24
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Duffie on Dean Shiels. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.10:51
Centre by Lee Wallace, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Lee McCulloch goes harmlessly over the crossbar.10:07
The ball is delivered by Andrew Little, save made by Michael McGovern.8:54
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.8:14
A cross is delivered by Dean Shiels, Jonathan Flynn makes a clearance.7:47
Lee Wallace crosses the ball.7:32
The ball is sent over by Lyle Taylor, save by Neil Alexander.7:05
Jay Fulton sends in a cross, Effort from close in by David Weatherston bounces off the post.5:08
Sebastien Faure delivers the ball, clearance by Stewart Murdoch.3:48
Dean Shiels produces a cross, Kieran Duffie gets a block in.1:06
Lyle Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Bocanegra. Carlos Bocanegra takes the free kick.0:25
David Weatherston fouled by Dean Shiels, the ref awards a free kick. Kieran Duffie restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The match gets underway.
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