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Menga strike gives Livingston 1-0 win over Rangers

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Highlights: Livingston 1-0 Rangers

Promoted Livingston stunned Rangers to consign Steven Gerrard to just his second defeat in 18 games as manager of the Ibrox club.

Dolly Menga's strike proved to be the difference as Gary Holt's side moved level with Hibernian in second.

Gerrard's side remain without an away win in the Premiership this season and face leaders Hearts, who they trail by eight points, next Sunday.

Before then, Rangers host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday.

Livingston, meanwhile, extend their unbeaten run in the division to six games, with head coach Holt still to taste defeat since replacing Kenny Miller last month.

Livingston miss chances against blunt visitors

Holt's team should have been ahead long before they scored, with their directness causing Rangers all manner of problems.

Scott Robinson broke through but dragged his effort across the face of goal, then Alan Lithgow could only direct his effort wide after sliding in to meet Craig Halkett's header across goal.

The hosts were content to let Rangers play in front of them, knowing they could trouble the visitors at set pieces. And that was the manner in which the crucial goal came.

Rangers conceded a free-kick and Livingston worked an opening, Declan Gallagher and Robinson combining to set up Menga, who took a touch and scored from the centre of the box.

By that stage, Rangers had dominated possession but had found the home defence impenetrable and goalkeeper Liam Kelly was largely untroubled,

That pattern continued into the second half, though Alfredo Morelos did force a save from Kelly.

Scott Pittman was denied by the feet of Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor and Lithgow flicked wide from another Livingston set play.

Crosses continually came into the Livingston box and were continually cleared, while two penalty claims - after Halkett's challenge on substitute Glenn Middleton, and one for handball - were waved away.

'Phenomenal' from Livingston - analysis

BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at the Tony Macaroni Arena

A phenomenal performance and result for Livingston. To a man, they were excellent, continuing to exceed expectations on this upward trajectory.

Their style of play and personnel has scarcely changed since their return to the top flight, but great credit has to go to Holt for the way he has galvanised the team since his arrival.

He had so many heroes. Captain Halkett was immense, marshalling a superbly-organised defence, while Menga kept Connor Goldson and Joe Worrall on their toes throughout.

Rangers were short of inspiration, though. As good as they have been at times under Gerrard, they fell well short of those standards.

Their final ball was lacking - only once did they cut the home side open - and it is something of a wake-up call for Rangers, who find themselves in mid-table.

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Kelly
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 15LawlessSubstituted forBurnsat 63'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 8Pittman
  • 6Byrne
  • 7Jacobs
  • 3Lamie
  • 17RobinsonBooked at 17minsSubstituted forSibbaldat 90+2'minutes
  • 45MengaSubstituted forLawsonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McMillan
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11Cadden
  • 19Burns
  • 21Stewart
  • 30Hamilton
  • 33Lawson

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 3Worrall
  • 31Barisic
  • 37Arfield
  • 23CoulibalySubstituted forKentat 45'minutes
  • 10Ejaria
  • 21Candeias
  • 20Morelos
  • 11LaffertySubstituted forMiddletonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Foderingham
  • 14Kent
  • 16Halliday
  • 17McCrorie
  • 19Katic
  • 35Grezda
  • 40Middleton
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
9,246

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 1, Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Rangers 0.

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Craig Sibbald replaces Scott Robinson.

Hand ball by Joe Worrall (Rangers).

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

Joe Worrall (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scott Robinson (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Worrall (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.

Attempt missed. Alan Lithgow (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Nicky Cadden (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Booking

Bobby Burns (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bobby Burns (Livingston).

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Steve Tevi Lawson replaces Dolly Menga.

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Livingston).

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Craig Halkett (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

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

Attempt missed. Alan Lithgow (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

Attempt saved. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).

Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Glenn Middleton replaces Kyle Lafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Bobby Burns replaces Steven Lawless.

Dolly Menga (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Worrall (Rangers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 30th September 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts76101331019
2Hibernian7421136714
3Livingston742174314
4Kilmarnock7412116513
5Celtic741274313
6Rangers7322157811
7Aberdeen723256-19
8St Johnstone7223712-58
9Hamilton7205610-46
10Motherwell7115713-64
11St Mirren7115313-104
12Dundee7106414-103
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