Scottish Championship
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Rangers 2-1 Queen of the South

Martyn Waghorn scores for Rangers against Queen of the South
Waghorn edged Rangers ahead late in the game

Rangers' perfect Championship record was hanging by a thread until Martyn Waghorn's last-minute winner against Queen of the South preserved it.

Sixty seconds after having a penalty saved by the outstanding Doonhamers' goalkeeper, Robbie Thomson, Waghorn's near-post header stole the points.

Derek Lyle had given the visitors a first-half lead that stunned Ibrox.

That silence transformed to rowdiness when Jason Holt equalised from a tight angle.

It is 15 goals in all competitions this season now for flexible forward Waghorn and it ensured Rangers made it 10 league wins in a row in the Championship.

Amazingly, it was also the first headed goal of manager Mark Warburton's reign at the club.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Warburton is yet to drop league a point as Rangers manager

Queens make their mark

Initially all the signs were good for Rangers, who had Dom Ball deputising at centre-back for the injured Danny Wilson, and the Spurs loanee settled down early with a lovely long diagonal pass that found Barrie McKay on the left wing.

McKay was in menacing mood in the first 20 minutes, troubling Doonhamers right-back Kyle Jacobs on a few occasions - the highlight of which was a neat nutmeg on the visiting defender.

Kenny Miller, starting in place of Nathan Oduwa who had been in Germany on England Under-20 duty, benefitted from some good McKay work on the left but the striker blazed over from 10 yards.

Queen of the South's speedy on-loan Hibernian winger Alex Harris put a close low shot just wide of the far post before Waghorn re-asserted Rangers' authority with a curling effort, which Thomson palmed away.

This provided inspiration for the visitors to take a shock lead and turn the tide of the first half.

Lyle was not left with much to do when Ryan Conroy's corner was headed into his path by Chris Higgins to side-foot past Wes Foderingham from six yards.

Derek Lyle scores for Queen of the South against Rangers
Lyle was well placed to put Queens ahead

After that, a previously shaky Jacobs looked solid, as did his team-mates as they stroked the ball about with ease until referee Barry Cook's half-time whistle.

As expected, the hosts piled on the pressure immediately after the break; Tavernier narrowly missing with one of his trademark free-kicks and Waghorn drawing another brilliant save from Thomson.

Pressure pays off for Rangers, eventually

The Doonhamers keeper did not deserve to be picking the ball out of his net two minutes later, but he was.

Patient Rangers build-up resulted in Tavernier threading a superb low pass through to the darting Holt, whose clinical finish into the far corner was worthy of the applause 44,000 fans were giving it.

McKay should have put Warburton's men in front soon after, screwing wide from Miller's chipped cross.

Waghorn - searching for his 15th of the season - curled wide of the top left corner then another Holt drive was deflected wide as Queens tried to take a breath.

James Fowler's Dumfries side could have regained the lead in one rare foray forward, had substitute Liam Coogan's low effort been hit with more strength.

When referee Cook pointed to the spot after a foul on Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday with two minutes left on the clock, few expected Waghorn not to take the opportunity but a flying dive to his right by Thomson saved the penalty.

However, it only delayed the winner for 60 seconds, with substitute Oduwa's cross nodded in at the near post by Waghorn to ensure he was the hero after all.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 6Ball
  • 5Wallace
  • 23Holt
  • 16HallidayBooked at 49mins
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forOduwaat 59'minutes
  • 19McKaySubstituted forClarkat 76'minutes
  • 33Waghorn
  • 9MillerSubstituted forLawat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Law
  • 10Oduwa
  • 14Clark
  • 20Aird
  • 32Kelly
  • 42Hardie
  • 45Thompson

Queen of Sth

  • 1ThomsonBooked at 88mins
  • 14JacobsBooked at 48mins
  • 22HooperBooked at 68mins
  • 6Higgins
  • 23Marshall
  • 7HarrisSubstituted forRutherfordat 87'minutes
  • 16Hutton
  • 17PickardBooked at 39mins
  • 10Conroy
  • 24SmithSubstituted forCoogansat 70'minutes
  • 9LyleSubstituted forOliverat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Rutherford
  • 18Heffernan
  • 19Moxon
  • 20Atkinson
  • 21Hilson
  • 28Oliver
  • 33Coogans
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
44,133

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Queen of the South 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Queen of the South 1.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Queen of the South 1. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Oduwa.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Hooper.

Penalty saved! Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Robbie Thomson (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Rangers. Andy Halliday draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Shaun Rutherford replaces Alex Harris.

Attempt missed. Dominic Ball (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Hooper.

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

Foul by Scott Hooper (Queen of the South).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Hooper.

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

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

Foul by Kyle Hutton (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Clark replaces Barrie McKay.

Attempt saved. Liam Coogans (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Gary Oliver (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Conroy (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Liam Coogans replaces Aidan Smith.

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Scott Hooper (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Scott Hooper (Queen of the South).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Hooper.

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Gary Oliver replaces Derek Lyle.

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Conroy.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nathan Oduwa replaces Dean Shiels.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Law replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Attempt saved. Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers1010003362730
2Raith Rovers107031310321
3Hibernian96121661019
4Falkirk9531129318
5Queen of Sth114251116-514
6St Mirren102441113-210
7Morton11245914-510
8Dumbarton103161016-610
9Alloa10127621-155
10Livingston10118818-104
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