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Rangers 2-1 Ayr United

Bilel Mohsni's double helped Rangers beat Ayr United and maintained the Scottish League One champions' unbeaten record in the division.

The defender headed home from Fraser Aird's corner to give the hosts the lead after the interval.

Alan Forrest poked the ball past Cammy Bell to level matters midway through the second half.

However, Mohsni was to have the last word with a rebound strike following Nicky Clark's saved header.

Defeat dents Ayr's promotion hopes but they stay just inside the play-off zone, a point clear of Stenhousemuir with two rounds of fixtures remaining.

The Honest Men travelled to Ibrox having not scored against Ally McCoist's side so far this season and Michael Moffat set about trying to change that statistic early on.

His driving run through the middle opened up the home defence and strike partner Craig Malcolm took over only to squirm a low shot just wide.

Jon Daly was also off target at the other end after latching on to Aird's clever back-heel.

Mohsni and Ayr boss Mark Roberts became involved in a touchline spat at a throw-in as half-time neared, referee Iain Brines stepping in to calm the flaring tempers.

Rangers' Jon Daly and Bilel Mohsni celebrate
Mohsni celebrates his opener with striker Daly

The breakthrough came when Aird's delivery was powerfully nodded past David Hutton by the towering Mohsni.

Rangers were keen on a quick second and Hutton saved at the feet of Ian Black.

And the goalkeeper's bravery was rewarded when Ayr equalised, though the hosts will be disappointed at how they conceded.

A short pass back to defence by Arnold Peralta was pounced upon by Scott McLaughlin, who rolled in Forrest to score.

Peralta was promptly replaced by Clark and the forward had a role in the winning goal.

His head met Nicky Law's cross to draw a save from Hutton but Mohsni was on hand to convert the loose ball.

And Rangers now need either a win or two draws from their final two games to reach the 100 points mark.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 2Foster
  • 5Smith
  • 7Peralta SosaSubstituted forClarkat 72'minutes
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Mohsni
  • 4Aird
  • 8Black
  • 9Daly
  • 10ShielsSubstituted forGallagherat 72'minutes
  • 11LawSubstituted forHuttonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Clark
  • 14Faure
  • 15Hutton
  • 16Simonsen
  • 17Crawford
  • 18Gallagher
  • 19Telfer

Ayr

  • 1Hutton
  • 2McGowan
  • 3Pope
  • 8McLaughlin
  • 4Campbell
  • 5Lithgow
  • 7Forrest
  • 6Gilmour
  • 10MalcolmBooked at 83mins
  • 9Moffat
  • 11DonaldBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 12Kyle
  • 14Shankland
  • 15Crawford
  • 16Hunter
  • 17Marenghi
  • 18Longridge
  • 19Newman
Referee:
Iain Brines
Attendance:
40,651

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Ayr United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Ayr United 1.

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

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Hutton replaces Nicky Law.

Booking

Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Ayr United 1. Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Lee McCulloch (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Jon Daly (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

Attempt saved. Jon Daly (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Calum Gallagher replaces Dean Shiels.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Arnold Peralta.

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

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Ayr United 1. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gordon Pope.

Attempt blocked. Richard Foster (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

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

Attempt missed. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ian Black (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bilel Mohsni (Rangers).

Booking

Michael Donald (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Michael Donald (Ayr United).

Attempt blocked. Arnold Peralta (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers3432208598
2Dunfermline34185111359
3Stranraer3413912148
4Ayr3413714-246
5Stenhousemuir34111211-1045
6Forfar3411716-740
7Brechin3411617-1339
8Airdrieonians3410915-1339
9East Fife349520-3432
10Arbroath349421-2031
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