Scottish Championship
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Queen of the South 2-0 Rangers

Ally McCoist ended a day in which he had handed in his notice as Rangers boss with a dismal defeat against Queen of the South at Palmerston.

Kevin Holt and Gavin Reilly gave Queens victory as Rangers' Scottish Championship title hopes were hit.

McCoist - on a rolling one-year contract - had earlier handed in his notice, effectively ensuring that he will step down as manager in 12 months.

Rangers are nine points behind leaders Hearts, who have a game in hand.

The Ibrox board now have several options to respond to McCoist: try to reach a settlement, pay up 12 months' salary, or put McCoist on gardening leave.

It looks like they have opted to keep him in place, with the club's financial strife meaning that there are no funds to pay McCoist off.

Having handed in his notice, McCoist spoke in his pre-match interview of hoping that this wouldn't be his last game, assuring Rangers fans that he will remain in the job and do his best for the club.

While McCoist remains an iconic figure for his playing days at Ibrox, his reputation as a manager has been dwindling this season.

Defeats to Hearts, twice, and Hibernian, as well as two draws with part-time Alloa - who also beat Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup semi-final - has left them off the pace of leaders Hearts.

McCoist smiled and looked relaxed as he disembarked from the team bus before kick-off.

Camera crews had set up outside Rangers' training ground earlier in the afternoon to see if he would be joining the squad for the trip to Dumfries, but the manager looked unperturbed by the fuss.

Gavin Reilly puts Queen of the South 2-0 in front
Gavin Reilly showed great technique to control the cross and slam a shot past Steve Simonsen

There were individual shouts of support from Rangers fans, but when the teams appeared on the pitch for kick-off there were no obvious chants of support for the manager.

McCoist's team selection saw three players out of position and Bilel Mohsni, a regularly erratic player, at centre-back.

There were options on the bench that would have allowed the manager to drop Mohsni, move Darren McGregor to centre-back where he is more comfortable, and Richard Foster to right-back. Dean Shiels did not need to be used on the flank when he is at his best playing off the main striker.

The result was that Rangers' fragilities at the back were clear, and Queens took full advantage.

And the home side, who are four points behind Rangers in third place, were worthy of their victory.

When Holt lashed in a free-kick from 20 yards, McCoist stood on the touchline, looking grim-faced with his arms folded tightly.

There was less reaction when Reilly added the second after the break. A simple long ball between the two centre-backs allowed the striker through, and he controlled with one touch before drilling a shot in off the post with his second touch.

"Cheerio," sang the Queens fans gleefully as the visiting support headed for the exits before the end.

Queen of the South manager James Fowler:

"We were different class from start to finish. I'm delighted. The difficult part is picking the team. We've got a great bunch here. Holt surprised me with his free-kick. I don't think I've ever seen him hit one like that even in training! The group in general is fantastic.

"We expected Rangers to have a reaction and they did have that wee spell in the second half. That's why we brought on Derek Lyle.

"If we come to the end of the season and we're in the top four we'll be delighted. We know it's a long season. We should be in the top four but the other teams might strengthen in January."

Rangers manager Ally McCoist:

"I am an extremely disappointed Rangers manager. I'd like to congratulate Queens on a deserved victory. From the team's point of view we were absolutely miles short tonight and we got what we deserved.

"You can only guard your players so much. Once you cross the line you have a responsibility to perform.

"The league isn't yet halfway through. There is a massive amount of football to be played. If we continue to play like that we will have no chance of automatic promotion."

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
Rangers manager Ally McCoist smiles as he arrives at Palmerston
Gavin Reilly (right) put Queen of the South 2-0 in front
Gavin Reilly (right) celebrates putting Queen of the South 2-0 in front
Kevin Holt (right) celebrates after putting Queen of the South ahead
Kevin Holt (right) put Queen of the South ahead at Palmerston Park
Nicky Clark, Nicky Law, Kris Boyd and Ian Black are dejected as Queens move two ahead
Nicky Clark, Nicky Law, Kris Boyd and Ian Black are dejected as Queens move two ahead

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

  • 1Clark
  • 4Dowie
  • 5DurnanBooked at 82mins
  • 6Higgins
  • 3Holt
  • 17CarmichaelSubstituted forKiddat 88'minutes
  • 8Kerr
  • 18McShane
  • 11RussellSubstituted forPatonat 90+2'minutes
  • 9BairdBooked at 54minsSubstituted forLyleat 62'minutes
  • 10Reilly

Substitutes

  • 12Kidd
  • 15Paton
  • 16Dzierzawski
  • 19Lyle
  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 27Kiltie

Rangers

  • 31Simonsen
  • 24McGregorBooked at 20mins
  • 6McCullochBooked at 54mins
  • 3Mohsni
  • 23Foster
  • 7Law
  • 4Aird
  • 8Black
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forTempletonat 45+1'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forClarkat 58'minutes
  • 9DalySubstituted forBoydat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 11Templeton
  • 14Clark
  • 15Boyd
  • 16Faure
  • 20Hutton
  • 25Robinson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
6,185

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queen of the South 2, Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queen of the South 2, Rangers 0.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Michael Paton replaces Iain Russell.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Lewis Kidd replaces Daniel Carmichael.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Booking

Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

Foul by Ian Black (Rangers).

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraser Aird (Rangers).

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

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

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Attempt blocked. Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Rangers).

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Rangers).

Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Queen of the South 2, Rangers 0. Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Carmichael.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Lee McCulloch.

Kris Boyd (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Derek Lyle replaces John Baird.

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Kenny Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Kris Boyd replaces Jon Daly.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South).

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

Booking

John Baird (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lee McCulloch (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1513204183341
2Rangers16102436152132
3Queen of Sth168442920928
4Hibernian156452417722
5Falkirk155551922-320
6Raith Rovers155371731-1418
7Dumbarton154471431-1716
8Alloa153391524-912
9Cowdenbeath1532101535-2011
10Livingston153391623-77
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