Rangers preserved their unbeaten Scottish League One record but were given a stern examination by Arbroath.

Jon Daly headed in from Fraser Aird's corner to give the division's winners a first-half lead.

Paul McManus took advantage of slackness in the Rangers defence to slot home Arbroath's leveller.

The hosts threatened to move ahead but it was Ally McCoist's side who claimed victory, Aird tucking away the winner late on.

The defeat leaves Arbroath seven points adrift at the bottom of the table with five matches to play.

However, Paul Sheerin's men started the brighter of the two sides and Kevin Nicoll fired over after being picked out by the player-manager early on.

Bobby Linn then dragged a low effort wide after racing clear of the visitors' back four and a Sheerin corner was then nodded over by Michael Travis.

Both sides had had penalty appeals turned down by the time Rangers took the lead, referee Euan Anderson disinterested by claims of handball against Arbroath's Alan Cook or Sebastien Faure's challenge on McManus.

Daly powered home a firm header from Aird's delivery to break the deadlock.

Undeterred, Arbroath continued to press and Linn's shot into the side-netting reminded Rangers they had a game on their hands.

Aird then drilled the ball off Sandy Wood's crossbar from 30 yards and also had a free-kick saved by the goalkeeper.

The Arbroath goal frame was struck again early in the second half as defender Travis narrowly avoided scoring an own goal with a wayward header.

Sheerin's men were then gifted an equaliser as Faure's header back to keeper Cammy Bell was intercepted and struck home by McManus.

Cook headed over another Sheerin delivery as Arbroath pushed for a crucial three points in their battle against relegation.

But they were undone when Daly's mis-hit shot was turned into the net by Aird.

There was still one more chance for the home side but Alex Keddie could not convert after Nicoll had headed on Sheerin's free-kick.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Arbroath

  • 01 Wood
  • 02 Travis
  • 03 Hamilton
  • 08 Chisholm
  • 06 Lindsay (Robertson - 88' )
  • 05 Keddie
  • 07 Linn
  • 04 Nicoll Booked
  • 09 McManus
  • 10 Cook (Adams - 93' )
  • 11 Sheerin

Substitutes

  • 12 Yao
  • 14 Robertson
  • 15 Scott
  • 16 McWalter
  • 17 Thompson
  • 18 Adams
  • 21 Morrison

Rangers

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Foster Booked
  • 05 Wallace
  • 08 Hutton
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 03 Faure
  • 11 Crawford (Gallagher - 73' )
  • 07 Peralta Sosa
  • 10 Clark
  • 09 Daly Booked (Shiels - 89' )
  • 04 Aird (Smith - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Shiels
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Gallagher
  • 16 Simonsen
  • 17 Hegarty
  • 18 Sanchez Cribari
  • 19 Telfer
Ref: Euan Anderson
Att: 3,400

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

4 5

Corners

2 6

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arbroath 1, Rangers 2.

90:00 +6:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arbroath 1, Rangers 2.

90:00 +6:07

Attempt missed. Alex Keddie (Arbroath) header from very close range is too high.

90:00 +4:17

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

90:00 +4:17

Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Scott Adams replaces Alan Cook.

90:00 +2:00

Steven Smith (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:57

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

90:00 +1:05

Attempt blocked. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Jon Daly.

88:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Steven Smith replaces Fraser Aird.

87:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arbroath. Dayle Robertson replaces Jonathan Lindsay.

86:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 1, Rangers 2. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Calum Gallagher.

83:18

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

83:18

Foul by Jonathan Lindsay (Arbroath).

81:47

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jonathan Lindsay.

80:06 Booking

Booking Jon Daly (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

80:01

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

80:01

Alex Keddie (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:37

Attempt missed. Alan Cook (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

76:38

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

76:38

Alex Keddie (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:18

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

73:18

Ross Chisholm (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Calum Gallagher replaces Robert Crawford.

71:39 Booking

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

71:18

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

71:18

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:53

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Sebastien Faure.

69:01

Hand ball by Robert Crawford (Rangers).

67:42

Attempt missed. Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

64:59

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

62:03

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jonathan Lindsay.

60:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 1, Rangers 1. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

59:08

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

59:08

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

56:21

Kyle Hutton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:21

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

51:53

Foul by Nicky Clark (Rangers).

51:53

Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:42

Attempt saved. Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

46:48

Kyle Hutton (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:48

Foul by Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath).

46:13

Attempt saved. Paul Sheerin (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Arbroath 0, Rangers 1.

45:00 +0:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arbroath 0, Rangers 1.

45:00 +0:19

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

44:41

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Sandy Wood.

44:21

Attempt saved. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:43 Booking

Booking Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

43:34

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

43:34

Foul by Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath).

40:51

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

40:51

Foul by Alex Keddie (Arbroath).

39:30

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

39:30

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

31:24

Robert Crawford (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:24

Foul by Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

29:53

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

29:53

Foul by Alan Cook (Arbroath).

27:53

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

27:53

Foul by Colin Hamilton (Arbroath).

27:06

Fraser Aird (Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

26:25

Foul by Nicky Clark (Rangers).

26:25

Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:00

Arnold Peralta (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:57

Foul by Ross Chisholm (Arbroath).

25:05

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

23:32

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

18:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arbroath 0, Rangers 1. Jon Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Fraser Aird following a corner.

18:21

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

17:54

Attempt saved. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

17:38

Foul by Sebastien Faure (Rangers).

17:38

Paul McManus (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:05

Attempt saved. Jon Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:19

Foul by Robert Crawford (Rangers).

15:19

Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:53

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

14:53

Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

13:19

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alan Cook.

12:30

Attempt missed. Michael Travis (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

12:02

Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Sebastien Faure.

11:11

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

10:29

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alex Keddie.

9:29

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

8:42

Attempt missed. Bobby Linn (Arbroath) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

4:26

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

3:23

Foul by Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath).

3:23

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

2:03

Attempt missed. Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:49

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

0:49

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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