Rangers forward Dean Shiels scored twice on a rare start as Ally McCoist's men continued their charge with a comfortable win against East Fife.

Shiels has been linked with a move away from Ibrox, with McCoist and chief executive Graham Wallace looking to trim back on the club's expenditure.

But the 28-year-old showed his worth by netting either side of the interval.

And Rangers' 17-point lead over second-placed Dunfermline at the top of League One is maintained.

Those in attendance observed a minute's silence for former Rangers player Ian Redford - a team-mate of McCoist - who died on Friday.

An energetic Rangers start to the game resulted in an early bombardment of the East Fife goal with Andy Little shooting wide as early as the first minute.

Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen made a half-time appearance

Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen made a half-time appearance

Fraser Aird was denied by a defensive block, before Little was denied off the line by Fifers man Gary Thom.

From the resulting Aird corner-kick, the ball trickled through to Shiels who made an instant impact, lashing home with his right foot with the help of a deflection.

After weathering the early storm, Gary Naysmith's side settled and became more assured in possession in midfield with former Rangers man Stephen Hughes returning to his old stomping ground.

The Fifers created an excellent opportunity after 25 minutes with Bilel Mohsni stretching out a long leg to block Liam Buchanan, while winger Ross Brown found the side-netting with the rebounding ball.

Rangers ended the half on the front foot with top-scorer Jon Daly blowing a one-on-one opportunity with Fifers goalkeeper Greg Paterson.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon arrived at the half-time interval with both sets of supporters showing their support for Fernando Ricksen who is battling motor neurone disease.

After 54 minutes, Buchanan struck wide for the Fifers and on the hour mark, Bell produced a top-drawer save to prevent Gary Fisher from scoring a deserved leveller for the away side.

As the home fans grew restless - and as McCoist prepared a substitution - Rangers worked a neat second goal after 63 minutes as Little combined intelligently with Shiels who blasted high into the net.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Rangers

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Faure
  • 05 Wallace
  • 08 Black
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 03 Mohsni
  • 04 Aird
  • 11 Law
  • 09 Daly
  • 10 Shiels (Crawford - 78' )
  • 07 Little Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Crawford
  • 14 Foster
  • 15 Sanchez Cribari
  • 16 Simonsen
  • 17 Murdoch
  • 18 Telfer

East Fife

  • 01 Paterson
  • 02 Campbell
  • 03 Johnstone
  • 08 Hughes
  • 05 Mbu
  • 04 Thom Booked
  • 11 Stewart
  • 06 Fisher
  • 10 Henderson (Barr - 72' )
  • 19 Buchanan
  • 07 Brown (Durie - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Thomson
  • 14 Stewart
  • 15 Durie
  • 16 Willis
  • 17 Barr
  • 18 Clarke (Barr - 80' )
  • 21 Shaw
Ref: Don Robertson
Att: 42,182

Match Stats

Shots

21 9

On target

7 2

Corners

9 4

Fouls

6 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rangers 2, East Fife 0.

90:00 +3:48 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rangers 2, East Fife 0.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Robert Crawford (Rangers).

90:00 +2:35

Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:42

Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

86:29

Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

84:51

Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

82:00

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:59

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

81:00

Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:58

Foul by Pat Clarke (East Fife).

79:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Lewis Barr replaces Pat Clarke because of an injury.

77:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Dean Shiels.

74:45

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

74:27

Attempt blocked. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

71:53

Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

71:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Blair Henderson.

70:18

Attempt saved. Sebastien Faure (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:00

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Durie.

69:39

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

69:39

Foul by Gary Fisher (East Fife).

68:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Scott Durie replaces Ross Brown.

65:53

Attempt missed. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

65:37

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

65:03

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

64:55

Attempt saved. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

63:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 2, East Fife 0. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Little.

61:00

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

59:58

Attempt saved. Gary Fisher (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:31

Nicky Law (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:31

Foul by Gary Fisher (East Fife).

56:00

Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

54:13

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

53:00

Ian Black (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:57

Foul by Gary Fisher (East Fife).

47:35

Attempt missed. Andrew Little (Rangers) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

45:40

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

45:00

Second Half begins Rangers 1, East Fife 0.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rangers 1, East Fife 0.

45:00 +0:36

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

43:24

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

41:41 Booking

Booking Gary Thom (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

41:33

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

41:33

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

41:10

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:10

Foul by Gary Fisher (East Fife).

40:23

Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

37:11

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

37:11

Blair Henderson (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:08

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Sebastien Faure.

33:28

Foul by Sebastien Faure (Rangers).

33:28

Joe Mbu (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:29

Foul by Jonathan Daly (Rangers).

32:29

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:06

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

32:06

Foul by Liam Buchanan (East Fife).

31:38

Attempt missed. Ryan Stewart (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:08

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Bilel Mohsni.

28:14

Attempt missed. Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

27:33

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gary Thom.

27:12

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gary Thom.

25:40

Attempt missed. Ross Brown (East Fife) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

25:26

Attempt blocked. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23:02

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gary Thom.

22:49

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

22:32

Attempt saved. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

21:28

Foul by Fraser Aird (Rangers).

21:28

Steven Campbell (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:03

Attempt missed. Andrew Little (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

18:06

Attempt saved. Ryan Stewart (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:14

Attempt blocked. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:51

Attempt blocked. Dean Shiels (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

5:32 Booking

Booking Andrew Little (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

4:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 1, East Fife 0. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fraser Aird.

4:29

Attempt saved. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

4:02

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

3:36

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

3:22

Attempt blocked. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

2:31

Attempt missed. Andrew Little (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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