Rangers were forced to turn to their resilience to earn victory against Queen of the South at Ibrox.

The visitors led twice through Gavin Reilly and Iain Russell, but determined Rangers had enough poise to prevail.

Marius Zaliukas made it 1-1, then David Templeton's shot brought the scores level again at 2-2 just after half-time.

Bilel Mohsni's header and Kenny Miller's late strike secured Rangers' third league victory of the season.

The occasion was framed, though, by discontent.

There perhaps could not have been any other response from the Rangers fans after the board announced to the Stock Exchange last Friday that they were seeking to raise £3.7m from an open offer of shares to existing shareholders to pay bills and meet working capital needs.

The offer is not being underwritten, so its failure would leave Rangers International Football Club unable to meet its financial obligations.

Emergency funding could then be sought - and businessman Dave King continues to insist that he wants to invest heavily in the club but is being rebuffed - but administration would be the consequence of failing to generate any funds.

The underlying financial problems are long-standing, but the current alarm has been caused by a drop in revenue since 15,000 fans did not renew their season tickets. Many supporters remain angry at the way the club is being run, and that disaffection is now having an immediate impact on its operation.

Red card protests in the bottom tier of the Broomloan Road stand in the 18th and 72nd minutes - along with chants of "sack the board" - were expressions of that discontent. There was booing at half-time, too, although that was in response to the team's flaws, since Rangers went into the interval trailing 2-1.

It was typical of the first-half, for instance, when Mohsni miss-hit a pass out of defence, prompting grumbles of anger from the home fans. His response, though, was to shout back at them.

Sme Rangers fans protested against the Ibrox board during the match

Some Rangers fans protested against the Ibrox board during the match

The Rangers defence remained unsteady, and Queens twice took the lead following simple passes that caught the home back-line square.

The first saw Daniel Carmichael square for Reilly to score, and the second was similarly constructed, with Reilly moving the ball infield to Russell, who finished crisply.

The goals came either side of Zaliukas's equaliser, when the defender sent a looping header over the Queens defenders and goalkeeper and in off the underside of the crossbar from a corner kick.

It was Zaliukas who was at fault when Queens restored their lead, being caught out of position, and he was replaced at half-time by Ian Black, with Lee McCulloch moving into defence to accommodate the midfielder.

Templeton also came on at the interval, for the ineffective Arnold Peralta, and the winger scored with his first touch.

Having received the ball from Kris Boyd, Templeton's firmly struck, curling shot evaded the reach of the diving Alexander Clark in the visitors' goal.

Without ever performing emphatically, Rangers took control of the game. Queens were complicit, though, since they defended poorly at another corner kick. On this occasion, Lewis Macleod's delivery was met by a stooping Mohsni, and the ball seemed to squirm through a group of defenders who might have unsighted the goalkeeper Clark.

Half-chances were sporadic as the game approached the end, but Miller showed that his instincts remain sharp when he scurried through onto Boyd's header and finished deftly past Clark.

The goal secured the victory, and some comfort for the home fans. They will have felt badly in need of it after another challenging week for their state of mind.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Rangers

  • 31 Simonsen
  • 26 Zaliukas (Templeton - 45' )
  • 03 Mohsni
  • 24 McGregor
  • 05 Wallace
  • 07 Law
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 10 MacLeod
  • 17 Peralta (Black - 45' )
  • 15 Boyd
  • 14 Clark

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 08 Black
  • 11 Templeton (Miller - 85' )
  • 16 Faure
  • 18 Miller
  • 22 Shiels
  • 25 Robinson

Queen of the South

  • 01 Clark
  • 03 Holt Booked
  • 04 Dowie
  • 06 Higgins
  • 05 Durnan
  • 11 Russell
  • 16 Dzierzawski
  • 12 Kidd
  • 17 Carmichael
  • 10 Reilly (Baird - 66' )
  • 19 Lyle (Smith - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Baird
  • 20 Atkinson
  • 21 Slattery
  • 22 Hooper
  • 23 Smith
  • 24 Smith
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 31,851

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

7 2

Corners

5 0

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rangers 4, Queen of the South 2.

90:00 +2:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Queen of the South 2.

89:03

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

85:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 4, Queen of the South 2. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kris Boyd.

85:17

Attempt missed. John Baird (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Kenny Miller replaces David Templeton because of an injury.

84:06

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

82:13

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

82:13

Foul by Kevin Dzierzawski (Queen of the South).

80:46

Hand ball by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).

80:13

Attempt missed. Kevin Dzierzawski (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

79:08

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

79:08

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:32

Foul by David Templeton (Rangers).

77:32

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:12

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

76:12

Foul by Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South).

74:18 Booking

Booking Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

74:13

David Templeton (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:13

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

73:41

Attempt saved. David Templeton (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:18

Attempt blocked. David Templeton (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

71:15

Attempt missed. Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. Dean Smith replaces Derek Lyle because of an injury.

70:04

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

70:04

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:08

Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:08

Foul by John Baird (Queen of the South).

67:08

Attempt missed. John Baird (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is too high.

65:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queen of the South. John Baird replaces Gavin Reilly.

63:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 3, Queen of the South 2. Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Law following a corner.

63:28

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

62:23

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Rangers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

61:41

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

61:41

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:37

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

58:40

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

58:40

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:05

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

55:46

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

55:36

Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:00

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

53:56

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

51:00

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:57

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

48:42

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

48:42

Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 2, Queen of the South 2. David Templeton (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kris Boyd.

45:00

Second Half begins Rangers 1, Queen of the South 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. David Templeton replaces Marius Zaliukas because of an injury.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Ian Black replaces Arnold Peralta.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rangers 1, Queen of the South 2.

43:11

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Rangers).

43:11

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:20

Attempt missed. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

39:03

Hand ball by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

37:31

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

37:31

Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).

35:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 1, Queen of the South 2. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gavin Reilly.

34:01

Marius Zaliukas (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:01

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South).

33:34

Attempt missed. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

33:03

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

32:34

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Rangers).

32:34

Kevin Dzierzawski (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:43

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

31:43

Kevin Dzierzawski (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:24

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

31:24

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

30:45

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

28:00

Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:58

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

26:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 1, Queen of the South 1. Marius Zaliukas (Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren McGregor following a set piece situation.

25:44

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

25:44

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

23:58

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Zander Clark.

23:26

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

22:50

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

21:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rangers 0, Queen of the South 1. Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Carmichael.

17:03

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

17:03

Foul by Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South).

14:27

Foul by Darren McGregor (Rangers).

14:27

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:39

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

8:39

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

7:13

Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:13

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

3:53

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

3:53

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

2:35

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.

2:16

Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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