A laboured performance eventually delivered an emphatic result for Rangers against a workmanlike Forfar.

The score reflected the home side's domination of possession, but not the blunt nature of so much of their play.

A rare moment of quality saw Ian Black thunder in a second-half strike, which pierced the growing tension.

Further goals from Bilel Mohsni and Dean Shiels, both from headers, ensured that the closing stages, at least, were comfortable for Rangers.

A subdued mood had to first be overcome. Losing to Dundee United in the Scottish Cup semi-final three days before had robbed Rangers' season of the last of its truly meaningful assignments.

There is pride left to play for, as well as an unbeaten league record to defend, but the campaign will now amble to a close for the Ibrox side.

Forfar could still theoretically reach the play-offs, so at least had something tangible to play for. The crowd at Ibrox was underwhelmed, and the encounter on the field was unable to stir a sense of excitement.

The players went through the motions, but although there was plenty of effort, quality and composure did not take their place in either line-up.

Individuals could still stand out. Jon Daly endured the kind of game that saw team-mates come to console him during breaks in the play. During the first half, he headed wide from a corner kick then slashed an effort off target from near the penalty spot; after the interval, he could not make full contact with a Richard Foster cross, so failed to convert from close range.

Others were culpable, too, although Nicky Clark was full of running and Steven Smith hit a couple of long-range free-kicks that made the Forfar goalkeeper Darren Hill work.

These were rare moments of interest, and it was telling that the loudest cheers of the night were reserved for when Marvin Andrews, the Forfar substitute and former Rangers defender, warmed up on the touchline.

Forfar were limited opponents - it took until the 83rd minute for them to muster a shot on target - but Rangers had to first overcome their own mundane play.

The sense of frustration might have contributed to Rangers' eventual breakthrough, though, since Black took it upon himself to try to be decisive. Receiving the ball 30 yards from goal, he simply lashed it into the top corner with his left foot.

The introduction of Fraser Aird brought some dynamism to Rangers' play - one run down the right drew applause from around Ibrox - and the raised spirits brought reward.

When Shiels' cross bounced off the face of the crossbar, Mohsni was on hand to nod in from two yards. Aird then crossed for Shiels to convert with a header.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Rangers

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Foster Booked
  • 05 Smith
  • 08 Black (Hutton - 85' )
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 03 Mohsni
  • 04 Peralta Sosa (Aird - 74' )
  • 11 Law
  • 09 Daly
  • 07 Clark (Crawford - 87' )
  • 10 Shiels Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Aird
  • 14 Crawford
  • 15 Hutton
  • 16 Gallacher
  • 17 Faure
  • 18 Sanchez Cribari
  • 19 Hegarty

Forfar Athletic

  • 01 Hill
  • 02 Baxter
  • 03 Campbell
  • 04 Dale
  • 05 Malcolm
  • 06 Dods Booked
  • 07 Kader
  • 10 Fusco Booked (Malin - 76' )
  • 09 Templeman (Campbell - 76' )
  • 08 Duggan
  • 11 Hilson Booked (Fotheringham - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Campbell
  • 14 Andrews
  • 15 Fotheringham
  • 16 Malin
  • 17 Gibson
  • 18 McLelland
  • 20 Salmon
Ref: Craig Charleston
Att: 39,704

Match Stats

Shots

20 2

On target

5 1

Corners

10 4

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0.

90:00 +1:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0.

89:10

Attempt blocked. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:39

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

86:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Nicky Clark.

86:38

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

85:40

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

85:40

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Hutton replaces Ian Black.

84:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fraser Aird.

82:42

Attempt saved. Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

81:56

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

81:56

Foul by Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic).

80:54

Attempt missed. Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

79:09

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

75:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Martyn Fotheringham replaces Dale Hilson.

75:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Gary Fusco.

75:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Ross Campbell replaces Christopher Templeman.

74:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 2, Forfar Athletic 0. Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Shiels.

73:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Fraser Aird replaces Arnold Peralta because of an injury.

73:35

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

73:35

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:05

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gary Fusco.

71:56

Attempt blocked. Steven Smith (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

70:10 Booking

Booking Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

70:06

Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:06

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

68:20

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Richard Foster.

66:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 1, Forfar Athletic 0. Ian Black (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Richard Foster.

65:08

Attempt missed. Arnold Peralta (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

64:55

Attempt blocked. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:35

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

63:35

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

63:02

Foul by Steven Smith (Rangers).

63:02

James Dale (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:56 Booking

Booking Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

61:41

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

61:41

Foul by Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic).

57:50

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

55:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:52

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

53:52

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:19

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

52:19

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Hill.

52:09

Attempt saved. Steven Smith (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

51:19

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

51:19

Foul by Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic).

50:34

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

50:34

Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:12

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

50:12

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

48:27

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Bilel Mohsni.

45:00

Second Half begins Rangers 0, Forfar Athletic 0.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rangers 0, Forfar Athletic 0.

44:06 Booking

Booking Dean Shiels (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

43:06

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

43:06

Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:26

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Baxter.

41:52

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Baxter.

39:49

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Arnold Peralta.

39:36

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

39:36

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:03

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

38:38

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Baxter.

37:55

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Iain Campbell.

37:27

Attempt blocked. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:53

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gary Fusco.

35:48 Booking

Booking Gary Fusco (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

35:44

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

35:44

Foul by Gary Fusco (Forfar Athletic).

34:21

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

33:11

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

33:11

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:54

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Dods.

30:39

Attempt missed. Jon Daly (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

28:24

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

28:24

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

27:54

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

21:56

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Nicky Law.

19:16 Booking

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

19:01

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

19:01

Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:05

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

18:05

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

15:41

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

15:41

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:54

Foul by Nicky Clark (Rangers).

12:54

Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:07

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

4:45

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

4:45

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:57

Attempt missed. Jon Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

3:37

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren Hill.

3:28

Attempt saved. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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