Scottish League One
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Rangers 3-0 Forfar Athletic

Rangers were 3-0 winners at Ibrox

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.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Simonsen
  • 2FosterBooked at 20mins
  • 5Smith
  • 8BlackSubstituted forHuttonat 85'minutes
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Mohsni
  • 4Peralta SosaSubstituted forAirdat 74'minutes
  • 11Law
  • 9Daly
  • 7ClarkSubstituted forCrawfordat 87'minutes
  • 10ShielsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

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

Forfar

  • 1Hill
  • 2Baxter
  • 3Campbell
  • 4Dale
  • 5Malcolm
  • 6DodsBooked at 62mins
  • 7Kader
  • 10FuscoBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMalinat 76'minutes
  • 9TemplemanSubstituted forCampbellat 76'minutes
  • 8Duggan
  • 11HilsonBooked at 71minsSubstituted forFotheringhamat 76'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamForfar
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Forfar Athletic 0.

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stuart Malcolm.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Robert Crawford replaces Nicky Clark.

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

Foul by Richard Foster (Rangers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Hutton replaces Ian Black.

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.

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

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

Foul by Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Martyn Fotheringham replaces Dale Hilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Gavin Malin replaces Gary Fusco.

Substitution

Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Ross Campbell replaces Christopher Templeman.

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.

Substitution

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

Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Gary Fusco.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic).

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Richard Foster.

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.

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

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

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

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

Foul by Steven Smith (Rangers).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers3230208092
2Dunfermline33184111358
3Stranraer3313911248
4Ayr3213613-145
5Stenhousemuir33111210-645
6Forfar3311715-540
7Brechin3310617-1436
8Airdrieonians339915-1436
9East Fife339519-3332
10Arbroath338421-2228
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