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Rangers 3-0 Livingston: Steven Gerrard's side move into second place

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Highlights: Rangers 3-0 Livingston

Rangers moved up to second place in the Premiership as Steven Gerrard's side maintained their fine form at Ibrox.

A Daniel Candeias header from a corner gave the hosts a half-time lead against a stubborn Livingston side.

Top scorer Alfredo Morelos came off the bench to lash in a late second goal, ensuring Rangers remain two points behind leaders Celtic.

And there was still time for Scott Arfield to complete the scoring, finishing off a cross from Morelos.

With Hearts losing at St Mirren, Rangers leapfrog the Tynecastle side, taking their home tally to 19 points from a possible 21.

Kilmarnock, St Johnstone, Aberdeen and Hibernian also dropped points, making it a very good day for Gerrard's men.

Livingston, who threatened first when Alan Lithgow clipped the outside of the post, slip one place to eighth in the table, falling behind Hibs on goal difference.

Liam Kelly, returning to his former club was kept busy, with the Livi goalkeeper saving well from Arfield before Lithgow cleared the follow-up from Candeias off the line.

But Kelly was beaten when a great corner from Glenn Middleton was nodded in by Candeias inside the six yard box.

Gerrard's side then conceded a series of set-pieces which gave the visitors a series of half-chances. Lithgow headed wide, Scott Pittman shot over and Allan McGregor stopped Craig Halkett's free-kick.

Kyle Lafferty had a great chance to double the lead just before the interval when Arfield charged down Lithgow's clearance, but the striker could only hit the side-netting.

Middleton had a shot saved as Rangers broke with numbers six minutes after the break but still they could not sustain pressure on Kelly's goal.

McGregor was then called into action to make a double save from Keaghan Jacobs and Steven Lawless.

However, Morelos, who replaced Lafferty in the 62nd minute, soon settled any nerves among the home fans, collecting a pass from James Tavernier before cutting inside Halkett and drilling home from 16 yards.

The Colombian striker was booked along with Lithgow following an off-the-ball clash but then turned provider by firing a ball from the byline which Arfield forced home at the near post.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 36McAuley
  • 16HallidaySubstituted forFlanaganat 77'minutes
  • 8Jack
  • 21Candeias
  • 10EjariaSubstituted forCoulibalyat 80'minutes
  • 37ArfieldBooked at 28mins
  • 40Middleton
  • 11LaffertySubstituted forMorelosat 62'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 3Worrall
  • 13Foderingham
  • 15Flanagan
  • 18Rossiter
  • 20Morelos
  • 23Coulibaly
  • 35Grezda

Livingston

  • 1Kelly
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 3Lamie
  • 6ByrneSubstituted forSibbaldat 69'minutes
  • 7Jacobs
  • 33Lawson
  • 8Pittman
  • 19BurnsSubstituted forLawlessat 63'minutes
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forHamiltonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McMillan
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11Cadden
  • 14Kaja
  • 15Lawless
  • 21Stewart
  • 30Hamilton
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
49,448

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 3, Livingston 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 3, Livingston 0.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Glenn Middleton (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Livingston 0. Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alfredo Morelos.

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

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Craig Halkett (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Alan Lithgow (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Livingston 0. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Tavernier.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Candeias (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Lassana Coulibaly replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jon Flanagan replaces Andy Halliday.

Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jack Hamilton replaces Scott Robinson because of an injury.

Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Robinson (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Craig Sibbald replaces Shaun Byrne.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Middleton (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Steven Lawless replaces Bobby Burns.

Ryan Jack (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Tevi Lawson (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Alfredo Morelos replaces Kyle Lafferty.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).

Craig Halkett (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Andy Halliday.

Attempt saved. Glenn Middleton (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic139223062429
2Rangers1383235112427
3Hearts148241915426
4Kilmarnock147431912725
5St Johnstone147341618-224
6Aberdeen136341613321
7Hibernian135442314919
8Livingston135441210219
9Motherwell134271522-714
10Hamilton143110931-2210
11St Mirren142210826-188
12Dundee141211832-245
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