LiveFalkirk v Rangers as it happened

Summary

  1. Deflected Macleod strike puts Rangers ahead
  2. Clark nets close-range second for visitors

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell

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Peter Houston

Falkirk manager

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"For 78 minutes or so, we were the better team. You look at the first goal, it was a wicked deflection.

"I'm very proud of a very young side tonight because at times we dominated."

Billy Dodds

BBC Radio Scotland

"Falkirk looked the more likely at the start of the second half. They're a decent outfit. They'll be right up there pushing for the play-off spots."

Before then, we'll be back tomorrow with coverage of the Scottish Premiership matches, including Celtic's first home league match of the season against Dundee United.

We'll provide more live Scottish Championship coverage on Sunday with the Edinburgh derby, Hearts v Hibernian.

Rangers resume their Championship campaign against Dumbarton next Saturday, when Falkirk will travel to face Hibernian.

The game was heading for a goal-less draw until Lewis Macleod's opener.

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Rob Maclean

BBC Radio Scotland commentator

"A badly needed three points for the title favourites, Rangers."

FULL-TIME

Falkirk 0-2 Rangers

Certainly not a polished performance from Rangers but a win nonetheless. Falkirk impressed in spells but lacked cutting edge when it mattered and were also frustrated by some excellent goalkeeping by Cammy Bell.

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Not long left. Three minutes of stoppage time begin.

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DISALLOWED GOAL

Falkirk goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald makes a stunning save to keep out Lee McCulloch's powerful strike. Kris Boyd races in to net the rebound but the offside flag cuts short his celebrations.

GOAL

Falkirk 0-2 Rangers (Clark)

Rangers double their lead with Nicky Clark using his body to knock the ball over the line after Nicky Law had fired Lewis Macleod's corner towards goal.

GREAT SAVE!

Fraser Aird tries to force the ball home twice but both times Jamie MacDonald does well. A scramble in the box ensues before the ball eventually goes out for a corner.

Rangers look a more assured side following that goal and are keeping the ball in the Falkirk half going in to the last eight minutes.

GOAL

Falkirk 0-1 Rangers (Macleod)

Lewis Macleod breaks the deadlock with a bit of help from a deflection. The midfielder lines up the shot 25 yards out and hits it low, with a nick of Will Vaulks carrying the ball past Jamie MacDonald.

YELLOW CARD

Experienced Falkirk defender Alan Maybury is booked for grappling with Rangers defender Lee Wallace.

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David, Elgin: "I can't fathom how such an experienced, well paid group of players can consistently play so badly."

Falkirk have made a substitution with last week's goalscorer against Falkirk Botti Bia Bi coming on for Olumide Durojaiye.

These two sides met in the Scottish Cup last season, Rangers winning 2-0. Nicky Law and David Templeton were on target late in that match at the Falkirk Stadium. Will there be late drama this evening?

Another change for Rangers. Fraser Aird is on for David Templeton.

CLOSE!

Kris Boyd chips the ball towards the back post for Rangers team-mate Nicky Clark and his header is collected by goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

Terrific chance for Falkirk. Rory Loy does the spade work with a burst towards the byline but his cut-back finds neither of his team-mates racing into the middle.

A Rangers free-kick curves into the Falkirk area and eventually drops to Lee McCulloch, who cannot keep his shot down.

Into the last half-hour now. Falkirk look the more likely to score at this stage.

Billy Dodds

BBC Radio Scotland

"I think Kenny Miller has picked up a knock."

YELLOW CARD

Rangers winger David Templeton picks up a caution for a clumsy foul.

GREAT SAVE!

From the resulting corner, Cooper's delivery is headed downwards by David McCracken and only a superb save by Bell keeps the score level.

GREAT SAVE!

Falkirk win a free-kick after Bilel Mohsni's foul on Conor McGrandles. Alex Cooper's curling free-kick is clawed over by goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

Fairly flat start to the second half with neither side able to keep the ball for any length of time.

Chick Young

BBC Radio Scotland pitchside reporter

"I just wonder if Rangers are going to make a change. Dean Shiels has definitely been given instructions."

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Robbie Devenney: "This rangers team would need a real overhaul at the end of the season if they were to compete even for the top six next season #bbcsportscot"

Stephen Hay: "Surely this Rangers squad is miles better than any other in this league, yet they aren't playing that way. Baffling. #bbcsportscot"

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium

"A low-key first-half, dominated by bursts of lively intent from Blair Alston and a display of the inadequacies of Bilel Mohsni's game.

"The defender sent one pass out of the ground, and Rangers have lacked confidence and authority, failing to create chances for Kris Boyd or Kenny Miller.

"Both sides need to improve, but the visitors need to produce a coherent game plan."

Falkirk's Alan Maybury closes down Lewis Macleod during the first half.

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HALF-TIME

Falkirk 0-0 Rangers

The first half ends with Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell plucking a downward header from Conor McGrandles out of the air. The Bairns started and finished the half strongly, Rangers only occasionally threatening to take control.

Falkirk forward Alex Cooper and Rangers defender Darren McGregor clash after the home side win a foul. Referee Callum Murray takes no action.

Blair Alston is in the thick of things again, this time stretching to try and direct the ball towards Cammy Bell's goal from the right-hand side of the Rangers penalty, the ball drifting across the face of goal.

Rob Maclean

BBC Radio Scotland commentator

"The distribution from the Rangers defence has been pretty horrendous."

CLOSE!

And Alston's pacy free-kick flies just past the post.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni is booked for clipping the heels of Blair Alston as the Falkirk man cantered towards the penalty area.

Bilel Mohsni gets the break of the ball on the edge of the Falkirk area but sends his half-volley sailing over the bar.

Some scrappy play and Rangers still look unsure at the back. Falkirk have lost their early match impetus.

Nicky Law - a scorer in Rangers' last two matches - works his way into a central position before unleashing a shot but it swerves away from goal.

Falkirk will take plenty of encouragement from Rangers' uncertainty at the back. The visitors do not look comfortable at all.

Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni puts himself in bother with a poor header back towards his goalkeeper but atones for his error with an important tackle on Alex Cooper.

Falkirk keeper Jamie MacDonald is quick off his line to clutch the ball after Marius Zaliukas heads the ball down towards Kenny Miller.

Falkirk definitely started this game the better of the two sides but there is much more urgency from Rangers now.

BBC Radio Scotland's pitchside reporter Chick Young peruses the programme pre-match at the Falkirk Stadium.

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CLOSE!

Now it is Rangers' turn to threaten from set pieces and, following a second successive corner, David Templeton's low drive whistles past Jamie MacDonald's left-hand post.

Falkirk threaten at a corner and Tom Taiwo's delivery is not properly dealt with by Kris Boyd before Lee Wallace steps in.

Rob Maclean

BBC Radio Scotland commentator

"Rangers fans are still queuing up to get into the Falkirk Stadium."

CLOSE!

Blair Alston arrives in the box to get in a shot and the ball narrowly misses the right-hand post. Positive play from the Falkirk man.

The Rangers goalkeeper carries on and the ball is back in play. The visitors are yet to really threaten so far, Kris Boyd flagged offside following Lewis MacLeod's through ball.

Ouch!

Cammy Bell took a bit of sore one to his right shoulder making that save and is now getting treatement.

Falkirk are first to threaten as Blair Alston wins the ball deep inside the Rangers half and crosses for Tom Taiwo at the back post but goalkeeper Cammy Bell is out to block.

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium

"Ally McCoist has rejigged his line-up, with Bliel Mohsni coming back into the defence and Lee McCulloch moving into midfield.

"Falkirk are well-organised and athletic, though, and will believe they can harry and harass the visitors, contain them, and cause doubt to spread amongst the Rangers players and fans.

"This game could be finely balanced."