Rangers returned to winning ways by rounding off 2013 with a straightforward victory over second-placed Dunfermline at East End Park.

The Pars started well but Fraser Aird struck to begin showing that Rangers' weekend draw with Stranraer was a blip.

Nicky Clark re-directed Jon Daly's header before Nicky Law jabbed home a neat third in the 70th minute.

Substitute Robbie Crawford completed the scoring for Rangers, who go 14 points clear at the top of League One.

The Gers have now put four goals past Dunfermline in each of their last three visits to Fife, with this latest outing being the final game of the year in British league football.

Dunfermline's unbeaten run of eight games, now sandwiched by defeats to Ally McCoist's men, ends here, but they will take solace from encouraging first-half displays by many of their youngsters.

Four from this starting XI had been in the side that lost last season's Scottish Youth Cup final to Celtic.

Nicky Clark (right) celebrates apologetically with Jon Daly (left) after nodding in the Irishman's header on the line.

Nicky Clark (right) celebrates apologetically with Jon Daly (left) after nodding in his header on the line.

Right from 17-year-old Ryan Williamson's full-blooded, first minute challenge on the experienced Stevie Smith, it was clear these fledglings were motivated.

Williamson seemed determined to take a leaf out of Dundee United full-back Andrew Robertson's book by charging forward down the flank at every opportunity, leaving Lee Wallace vexed on more than one occasion.

And on the subject of the Tangerines, Dunfermline's on-loan United forward Jordan Moore also busied himself early on.

He charged down a Cammy Bell clearance before later being guilty of not pulling the trigger quickly enough when played in wonderfully by Andy Geggan.

Smith recovered from his opening minute dumping to shoot narrowly wide of home goalkeeper Ryan Scully's far post as Rangers began to remind their hosts why they have only failed to win once in the league this season.

The chance Dunfermline needed to take came via 20-year-old Alex Whittle's fine corner, which was glanced goalwards by Stephen Husband, only for Gers 'keeper Bell to expertly tip over.

Watertight

  • Rangers have only conceded eight goals in 17 league games this season

But for all the quality of the Pars' passing in the opening 20 minutes, it was undone in an instant when Aird netted his third goal of the season.

The Canadian-born midfielder received the ball from Law and ran infield, inexplicably unchallenged, before hitting a controlled shot low into the bottom right corner.

Dunfermline had 'keeper Scully and 17-year-old Lewis Martin to thank for ensuring it remained 1-0 at the break, denying Daly and Aird respectively.

But Rangers added a comforting second soon after the restart.

Aird's out-swinging corner was met by the capable head of Daly, whose goal-bound effort was nodded over the line by a cheeky Clark, who ensured he registered his eighth of the season instead of Daly getting his 19th.

Lewis Macleod, on for Smith, beat Williamson to the ball and went on to slip in Law who poked the ball over the onrushing Scully.

And there was time for Rangers to expose their hosts once more, when Daly passed to Crawford to drill a low shot beyond the Partick Thistle loanee.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Dunfermline

  • 01 Scully
  • 02 Williamson (Spence - 89' )
  • 03 Whittle
  • 06 Geggan Booked
  • 05 Young Booked
  • 04 Martin
  • 07 Byrne (Smith - 76' )
  • 08 Husband
  • 11 Moore
  • 10 Falkingham Booked
  • 09 Wallace

Substitutes

  • 12 Dargo
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Kane
  • 16 Spence
  • 17 El-Bakhtaoui
  • 18 Millen
  • 20 Goodfellow

Rangers

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Faure
  • 05 Wallace
  • 08 Black (Crawford - 79' )
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 03 Mohsni Booked
  • 07 Aird Booked
  • 11 Law
  • 09 Daly
  • 10 Clark (Foster - 69' )
  • 04 Smith (MacLeod - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 12 MacLeod
  • 14 Peralta
  • 15 Shiels
  • 16 Simonsen
  • 17 Sanchez Cribari
  • 18 Foster
  • 19 Crawford
Ref: Craig Charleston
Att: 10,089

Match Stats

Shots

10 15

On target

5 11

Corners

7 3

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 4.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 4.

90:00 +3:05

Attempt saved. Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 4. Robert Crawford (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Daly.

89:22

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:22

Foul by Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic).

88:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Lewis Spence replaces Ryan Williamson.

85:07

Attempt saved. Jordan Moore (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:41

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Richard Foster.

82:35

Attempt missed. Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

81:24

Attempt blocked. Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

80:33

Foul by Fraser Aird (Rangers).

80:33

Jordan Moore (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:22

Attempt saved. Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Ian Black.

77:02

Attempt saved. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Allan Smith replaces Shaun Byrne.

73:55

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Lewis Martin.

69:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 3. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis MacLeod.

68:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Richard Foster replaces Nicky Clark.

68:14

Attempt missed. Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

65:20

Fraser Aird (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:20

Foul by Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic).

64:52

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Rangers).

64:52

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:11

Attempt missed. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

63:49

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Ian Black.

63:06

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

63:06

Jordan Moore (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:10

Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:36 Booking

Booking Fraser Aird (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

57:31 Booking

Booking Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

56:42

Fraser Aird (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:42

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

56:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Lewis MacLeod replaces Steven Smith because of an injury.

54:51

Foul by Steven Smith (Rangers).

54:51

Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:00

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:59

Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

52:32

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

52:10

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Ian Black.

51:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 2. Nicky Clark (Rangers) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Daly.

50:02

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alex Whittle.

48:15 Booking

Booking Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

48:12

Jordan Moore (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:12

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

46:00

Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:56

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

45:00

Second Half begins Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 1.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 1.

45:00 +1:45

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:55

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

43:00

Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:53

Foul by Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic).

41:10

Attempt saved. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:03 Booking

Booking Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

39:43

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Williamson.

38:46

Foul by Lewis Martin (Dunfermline Athletic).

38:46

Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:07

Hand ball by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

31:32

Jordan Moore (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:32

Foul by Sebastien Faure (Rangers).

30:07

Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high.

28:18 Booking

Booking Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

28:15

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

28:15

Nicky Law (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:14

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

23:00

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:59

Foul by Sebastien Faure (Rangers).

21:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 0, Rangers 1. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Law.

20:49

Foul by Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic).

20:49

Jonathan Daly (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:35

Attempt missed. Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

19:53

Foul by Nicky Law (Rangers).

19:53

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:26

Attempt saved. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:33

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

17:16

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Cameron Bell.

17:05

Attempt saved. Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

16:23

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Bilel Mohsni.

15:29

Attempt saved. Jordan Moore (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:12

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:12

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic).

11:02

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:31

Nicky Clark (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:31

Foul by Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic).

5:34

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

5:34

Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:01

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

1:46

Attempt blocked. Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:35

Foul by Steven Smith (Rangers).

0:35

Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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