Rangers continued their dominance of League One, even if their victory over Dunfermline was routine rather than eye-catching.

The visitors at Ibrox were the more impressive side in spells, but Stevie Smith's well-struck free-kick and Calum Gallagher's late goal secured the win.

Dunfermline were reduced to 10 men when Danny Grainger was sent-off in the second half.

That allowed the champions to see out a relatively comfortable win.

Priorities had changed for Rangers. Having secured the League One title last Wednesday night, and with the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Albion Rovers to play on Monday, fringe players were introduced.

There were future starting places to play for, but instead a lacklustre mood was also introduced to the team.

Dunfermline's Stephen Husband and Rangers' Bilel Mohsni battle for the ball

Dunfermline's Stephen Husband and Rangers' Bilel Mohsni battle for the ball

Dunfermline, who were crisp and accomplished on the ball, took advantage, creating a series of half-chances.

Callum Morris headed just over, Lawrence Shankland only narrowly failed to make contact with Ross Forbes' ball across the face of goal, and the consistently impressive Stephen Husband tested the Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Resourcefulness was required, since Dunfermline had to cope with the loss of goalkeeper Ryan Scully through injury after four minutes.

Jim Jefferies then took off Alex Whittle early in the first-half, and the Dunfermline manager angrily upbraided the player for some slight or other after he took his seat on the bench.

Ross Forbes, the Dunfermline midfielder, will have been frustrated that he sent a free-kick spinning just wide from 20 yards, since the visitors were more enterprising.

As if to emphasise that sense of regret, Smith lined up a free-kick from a similar range at the other end deep into injury time.

His strike was precise and powerful, leaving the substitute goalkeeper Ryan Goodfellow with no chance of reaching the ball as it flew into the top corner.

The goal flattered Rangers, even if Dunfermline had been unable to fashion a clear-cut chance of their own. Neither side was able to take full command after the interval, and there seemed to be an air of acceptance about the outcome.

Rangers were revitalised by the introduction of the teenage midfielder Calum Gallagher in the second-half. He played with enthusiasm and determination, and one surge upfield drew a foul from Grainger.

Having been booked earlier, the Dunfermline defender started walking off even before the referee Kevin Clancy showed him a second yellow card.

Gallagher completed a memorable appearance with a goal in the 90th minute, the ball running to him just inside the area and the teenager drilling a shot beyond Goodfellow.

This, though, was a game with few memorable moments.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Rangers

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Foster Booked
  • 11 Smith (Gallagher - 73' )
  • 08 Black
  • 03 Mohsni Booked (Sanchez Cribari - 46' )
  • 05 Faure
  • 10 Crawford
  • 07 Peralta Sosa
  • 09 Clark
  • 06 McCulloch Booked (Hutton - 58' )
  • 04 Aird

Substitutes

  • 12 Wallace
  • 14 Sanchez Cribari
  • 15 Hutton
  • 16 Simonsen
  • 17 Shiels
  • 18 Daly
  • 19 Gallagher

Dunfermline

  • 01 Scully (Goodfellow - 5' )
  • 02 Millen
  • 03 Grainger Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Geggan
  • 05 Morris
  • 04 Page
  • 11 Whittle Booked (Byrne - 28' )
  • 08 Husband
  • 09 Shankland
  • 10 Forbes Booked
  • 07 El-Bakhtaoui (Smith - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Thomson
  • 14 Falkingham
  • 15 Martin
  • 16 Byrne
  • 17 Smith
  • 18 Williamson
  • 20 Goodfellow
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 44,110

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

3 2

Corners

4 3

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rangers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

90:00 +1:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

90:00 +0:43

Attempt blocked. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 2, Dunfermline Athletic 0. Calum Gallagher (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ian Black.

88:39

Richard Foster (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:39

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic).

84:38

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

84:38

Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:19

Attempt blocked. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:25

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ross Millen.

77:25 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

77:18

Calum Gallagher (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:18

Foul by Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

74:27

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Arnold Peralta.

72:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Calum Gallagher replaces Steven Smith.

71:34

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

70:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Allan Smith replaces Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui.

70:03

Emilson Cribari (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:03

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic).

62:37

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Lawrence Shankland.

61:51

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ross Millen.

61:06

Attempt missed. Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

57:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Hutton replaces Lee McCulloch.

57:00

Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:55

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

56:02

Foul by Steven Smith (Rangers).

56:02

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:02

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

53:29

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

53:29

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

49:13

Foul by Robert Crawford (Rangers).

49:13

Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:17

Attempt missed. Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

45:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Emilson Cribari replaces Bilel Mohsni.

45:00

Second Half begins Rangers 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

45:00 +4:09 Half time

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

45:00 +3:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0. Steven Smith (Rangers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

45:00 +2:30

Arnold Peralta (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:30

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

45:00 +2:18

Attempt blocked. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:19 Booking

Booking Lee McCulloch (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

44:00

Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:56

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

43:09 Booking

Booking Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

43:05

Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

41:00

Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:55

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

40:29

Attempt missed. Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

39:57

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Arnold Peralta.

38:49

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:49

Foul by Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

37:57

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Robert Crawford.

31:23

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

30:27

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:27

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

27:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Shaun Byrne replaces Alex Whittle.

27:04

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

26:44 Booking

Booking Richard Foster (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

26:41

Hand ball by Richard Foster (Rangers).

26:12

Attempt blocked. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:45

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

25:45

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:50 Booking

Booking Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

24:44

Hand ball by Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic).

18:10 Booking

Booking Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

18:06

Foul by Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

18:06

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

16:14

Attempt saved. Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

10:48

Foul by Fraser Aird (Rangers).

10:48

Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:11

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

8:38 Booking

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

8:00

Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:36

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

6:51

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

6:51

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

4:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ryan Goodfellow replaces Ryan Scully because of an injury.

2:37

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

2:25

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

2:07

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

1:32

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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