Scottish League One
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Rangers 2-0 Airdrieonians

League One leaders Rangers secured their 16th successive victory with a comfortable win over Airdrieonians.

After a goalless first half, Jon Daly scored his 16th goal of the season and Lee McCulloch converted a penalty.

Daly's header came only 30 seconds after the interval and McCulloch hit the net after David Templeton was fouled by Gregor Buchanan.

The win extends Rangers' lead at the top of League One to 16 points and also maintains their winning streak.

McCoist's side knocked on the door as early as eight minutes when Lee Wallace's deep cross was met by the in-form Daly to no avail.

Clark, replacing the injured Andrew Little, was presented with a superb chance after 16 minutes, controlling a wasteful kick-out from Andrew Duncan but lashing past the far post.

The closest Gary Bollan's men came to troubling Cammy Bell was from an over-ambitious bicycle kick from Jamie Bain, but Rangers continued to dominate towards the end of the half.

Wallace unleashed a 30-yard drive that trundled through to Clark, who had his close-range finish saved by Duncan at his bottom left-hand corner.

Nicky Law's incisive and tireless energy in midfield was Rangers' biggest source of creativity in the first half and the Englishman would have been presented with three open goals if the Light Blues had been sharp enough.

The former Motherwell midfielder roamed clear on 35 minutes, cutting back cleverly to Wallace, who blazed over the bar under intense pressure from the Lanarkshire side.

Rangers came out from the interval and, within 30 seconds, Honduras international Arnold Peralta crossed for Daly, who headed into the far corner of the net.

His strike-partner, Clark, missed three gilt-edge chances, denied twice by Duncan and then by the woodwork after 54 minutes.

The Ibrox side were awarded a spot-kick on 63 minutes after David Templeton was fouled by right-back Gregor Buchanan and McCulloch fired home his second penalty in two games.

McCoist was able to stretch his squad depth with Lewis MacLeod returning to first-team action from the bench as Rangers cruised to another convincing win.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 2Faure
  • 5Wallace
  • 8BlackBooked at 74mins
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Mohsni
  • 4PeraltaSubstituted forAirdat 77'minutes
  • 11Law
  • 9Daly
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forMacLeodat 77'minutes
  • 7TempletonSubstituted forCrawfordat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12MacLeod
  • 14Aird
  • 15Crawford
  • 16Simonsen
  • 17Sanchez Cribari
  • 18Hutton
  • 19Smith

Airdrieonians

  • 1Duncan
  • 2Buchanan
  • 3BoyleBooked at 84mins
  • 6Hardie
  • 4Drummond
  • 5McCormack
  • 7BainBooked at 39minsSubstituted forWattat 84'minutes
  • 8SinclairSubstituted forTrialistat 84'minutes
  • 9Lister
  • 10BlockleyBooked at 86mins
  • 11CoogansBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • Trialist
  • 12Coult
  • 14O'Byrne
  • 15Watt
  • 16McLaren
  • 17Grier
  • 19Barclay
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
43,158

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamAirdrieonians
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home26
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Airdrieonians 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Airdrieonians 0.

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

Foul by Trialist (Airdrieonians).

Attempt missed. Nathan Blockley (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Martin Hardie (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Robert Crawford (Rangers).

Martin Hardie (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces David Templeton.

Booking

Nathan Blockley (Airdrieonians) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Nathan Blockley (Airdrieonians).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Grant Drummond.

Booking

Patrick Boyle (Airdrieonians) is shown the yellow card.

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

Patrick Boyle (Airdrieonians).

Substitution

Substitution, Airdrieonians. Trialist replaces David Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Airdrieonians. Liam Watt replaces Jamie Bain.

Sebastien Faure (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Hardie (Airdrieonians).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David Sinclair.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Lewis MacLeod replaces Nicky Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Fraser Aird replaces Arnold Peralta.

Attempt missed. David Templeton (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Ian Black (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Liam Coogans (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Lister (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Jamie Bain (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lee McCulloch (Rangers).

David Sinclair (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Nathan Blockley (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Liam Coogans (Airdrieonians) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Liam Coogans (Airdrieonians).

Foul by David Templeton (Rangers).

Gregor Buchanan (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. David Sinclair (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers1212004136
2Dunfermline12714322
3Ayr11542519
4Stenhousemuir12534-618
5Forfar12426114
6Stranraer11425-314
7Arbroath12417-813
8Brechin12336-512
9East Fife12327-1611
10Airdrieonians12228-128
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