Rangers 3-0 Motherwell
Rangers kept in touch with Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic with a home win over Motherwell.
David Healy's shot on the turn gave Rangers the lead 10 minutes before the half-time interval.
Sone Aluko's first goal for the Ibrox side doubled their advantage on 55 minutes, the winger firing home from the edge of the box.
Motherwell rarely threatened and fell further behind when the unfortunate Stephen Craigan scored an own goal.
Ally McCoist's side remain two points behind Celtic, who beat Dunfermline, while third-placed Well are now only two points ahead of Hearts.
as speculation about the striker's future gathered pace at the start of the January transfer window.
Kyle Lafferty started in attack with Healy, but that partnership was short-lived as the former left the field on a stretcher after eight minutes with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
John Fleck, , took over from Lafferty and the hosts tried to use the pace of Lee Wallace and Sone Aluko to try to unlock the Motherwell defence.
Wallace outpaced Tim Clancy and got a sight of goal, but Shaun Hutchinson's superbly timed tackle snuffed out the danger.
A Steven Davis free-kick was held by Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph as the home crowd began to get frustrated.
Sasa Papac moved forward to aid the Rangers attack and his cross found Healy, whose downward header was off target.
However, Healy atoned for that miss from a more difficult chance as he received Maurice Edu's pass, turned and sidefooted past Randolph.
Having rarely threatened in the first half, Well looked to level before the break and Michael Higdon was unable to convert a free header before lifting a shot over from Steven Hammell's teasing cross.
The visitors made a couple of changes at the break, with Chris Humphrey and Omar Daley coming on for Jamie Murphy and Stephen Hughes.
Rangers were determined to double their lead and Wallace's shot from Aluko's cross was well saved by Randolph before Carlos Bocanegra's header was blocked on the line by Hateley.
The pressure finally told when Davis and Healy combined well to set up Aluko and the winger dropped his shoulder before firing a shot past Randolph from the edge of the box.
Davis played a one-two with Healy before unleashing a shot that was palmed away by Randolph.
The keeper was called into action again to prevent an own goal by Hutchinson, who had diverted a dangerous cross towards his own goal.
However, Randolph was powerless to prevent Craigan suffering the ignominy of scoring for the opposition.
Aluko found Wallace, whose cross was turned into the net by the Motherwell captain.
Edu and Wallace made way for Jordan McMillan and Salim Kerkar and the Motherwell goal was fortunate to survive an onslaught that saw Kerkar and Fleck have efforts blocked before Aluko blasted wide.
- 01 McGregor
- 02 Goian
- 05 Papac
- 12 Wallace (Kerkar - 85' )
- 18 Bocanegra
- 22 Bartley
- 07 Edu Booked (McMillan - 76' Booked )
- 08 Davis
- 19 Aluko
- 11 Lafferty (Fleck - 8' )
- 15 Healy
- 25 Alexander
- 23 McMillan
- 10 Fleck
- 20 McKay
- 27 Wylde
- 41 McCabe
- 28 Kerkar
- 01 Randolph
- 03 Hammell Booked
- 05 Craigan
- 15 Hutchinson
- 22 Clancy
- 04 Law
- 06 Hateley
- 14 Lasley
- 24 Hughes (Humphrey - 46' )
- 09 Higdon
- 11 Murphy (Daley - 46' )
- 31 Bradley
- 20 Page
- 07 Humphrey
- 17 Daley
- 26 Carswell
- 16 McHugh
- 18 Forbes
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +0:50
The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Higdon. Carlos Bocanegra takes the indirect free kick.89:34
Steven Davis takes the outswinging corner, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.88:25
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Dorin Goian. Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.86:34
Omar Daley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Bartley.85:19
Salim Kerkar takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. John Fleck takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Hutchinson. Sone Aluko has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.84:07
Indirect free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.84:07 Substitution
Substitution Salim Kerkar on for Lee Wallace.84:07
The offside flag is raised against Chris Humphrey.82:43
The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from right channel. The assistant referee signals for offside against Tim Clancy. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.82:43 Booking
Booking Jordan McMillan receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.82:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Jordan McMillan.80:28
The ball is swung over by Omar Daley.79:14
Unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Lee Wallace results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley.78:23
Nicky Law takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Davis.77:06
The ball is crossed by Tim Clancy. Michael Higdon is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.75:47
Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.75:47 Substitution
Substitution Jordan McMillan replaces Maurice Edu.75:47
Foul by David Healy on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded.74:49
Steven Davis challenges Tom Hateley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Law.
David Healy takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.72:06
Omar Daley concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Bocanegra. Carlos Bocanegra takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Omar Daley on Sasa Papac. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.72:06 Goal scored
Goal! - Stephen Craigan - Rangers 3 - 0 Motherwell Stephen Craigan scores an own goal. Rangers 3-0 Motherwell.70:07
The referee blows for offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.69:35
Darren Randolph takes the free kick.69:35 Booking
Booking Maurice Edu is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.69:26
Maurice Edu challenges Shaun Hutchinson unfairly and gives away a free kick.68:33
Dorin Goian fouled by Omar Daley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.68:05
Dorin Goian gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.66:39
Corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Tim Clancy. Corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko from the right by-line, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.66:20
Lee Wallace produces a cross.64:10
David Healy fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Darren Randolph makes a save. Corner taken short by Lee Wallace, Centre by Sasa Papac, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.63:40
Centre by Sasa Papac. Sone Aluko sends in a cross.63:26
John Fleck crosses the ball, clearance by Tim Clancy.62:25
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis played to the near post, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.61:42
Michael Higdon fouled by Dorin Goian, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Michael Higdon challenges Dorin Goian unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.60:57
Steven Davis takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.60:34
Steven Davis produces a cross, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.60:10
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.60:03
The ball is delivered by Sasa Papac, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.55:47
The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey.54:02
The assist for the goal came from David Healy.54:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Sone Aluko - Rangers 2 - 0 Motherwell A goal is scored by Sone Aluko from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 2-0 Motherwell.51:03
Unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Sasa Papac results in a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.49:59
The official flags David Healy offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.49:40
The ball is swung over by Chris Humphrey.49:07
Sasa Papac produces a cross, save made by Darren Randolph.48:39
Chris Humphrey produces a cross, Allan McGregor makes a save.47:10
Free kick crossed left-footed by Sone Aluko, Tom Hateley makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko from the right by-line, Carlos Bocanegra takes a shot. Tom Hateley gets a block in.47:10 Booking
Booking Booking for Stevie Hammell.47:05
Maurice Edu fouled by Stevie Hammell, the ref awards a free kick.46:28
Sone Aluko delivers the ball, Lee Wallace takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.45:23
Maurice Edu is caught offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.45:05 Substitution
Substitution Chris Humphrey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Hughes.45:05 Substitution
Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Omar Daley coming on for Jamie Murphy.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:00 +2:07 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +1:27
Keith Lasley takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.45:00 +0:29
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Davis.45:00 +0:22
David Healy sends in a cross, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.44:00
Corner taken by Tom Hateley.43:30
Tom Hateley takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Kyle Bartley.41:53
The ball is sent over by Stevie Hammell, Michael Higdon produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.41:29
David Healy concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.40:10
Tim Clancy produces a cross, Nicky Law takes a shot. Kyle Bartley gets a block in. The ball is delivered by Tim Clancy, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.39:59
The ball is crossed by Stevie Hammell.39:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Steven Davis. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from right channel, Carlos Bocanegra makes a clearance.37:50
The ball is swung over by Sone Aluko.34:58
Assist by Sone Aluko. David Healy takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.34:58 Goal scored
Goal! - David Healy - Rangers 1 - 0 Motherwell A goal is scored by David Healy from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Motherwell.33:47
The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, David Healy produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.32:40
The ball is crossed by Keith Lasley.32:12
The ball is sent over by Kyle Bartley, save made by Darren Randolph.31:45
David Healy crosses the ball, blocked by Stephen Craigan.30:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hughes on Sasa Papac. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis from left channel, save made by Darren Randolph.30:20
The ball is swung over by Steven Davis, clearance by Tim Clancy.29:03
David Healy is ruled offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.26:30
Stephen Craigan concedes a free kick for a foul on John Fleck. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.26:14
Shaun Hutchinson sends in a cross, save made by Allan McGregor.24:55
A cross is delivered by Kyle Bartley, clearance made by Tim Clancy.24:39
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Bocanegra. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.23:50
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Murphy. Dorin Goian takes the free kick.21:53
Carlos Bocanegra fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.21:23
David Healy is ruled offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.18:51
Foul by Michael Higdon on Dorin Goian, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dorin Goian.17:37
A cross is delivered by Stevie Hammell. The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.16:41
Sone Aluko takes a shot.15:14
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Keith Lasley. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.13:49
The ball is swung over by Lee Wallace, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis.12:54
Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.10:59
The ball is delivered by Lee Wallace, save by Darren Randolph.8:00 Substitution
Substitution John Fleck comes on in place of Kyle Lafferty.4:55
David Healy takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph. Sone Aluko takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Dorin Goian goes wide of the left-hand post.3:37
The ball is sent over by Kyle Bartley.3:27
Sasa Papac crosses the ball, clearance by Stevie Hammell.2:45
Centre by Nicky Law. The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.2:21
The ball is sent over by Jamie Murphy, Steven Davis makes a clearance.0:12
The ball is swung over by David Healy, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson. Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko from the right by-line, clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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