Rangers 2 - 0 Queen's Park

Saturday 20th October 2012
L McCulloch (57, 90+1)

McCulloch at the double

Lee McCulloch's second-half double ensured Rangers edged home 2-0 against Queen's Park after their Irn-Bru Third Division struggles threatened to spread to Ibrox.

McCulloch finished off impressive build-up play from Dean Shiels in the 57th minute of a closer Glasgow derby than the vast majority of the 49,463 crowd would have anticipated and gave the score a somewhat flattering touch in injury-time.

The amateurs from several miles away in the south side of the city came into the game as league leaders and matched their hosts in possession for long spells.

They came very close to equalising soon after McCulloch's opener when Andrew Robertson squandered a great chance and put Rangers under pressure in the final quarter.

But McCulloch ensured Rangers maintained their 100 per cent home record after their wait for an away win continued two weeks ago with defeat by bottom club Stirling.

That shock defeat prompted one change from Ally McCoist with Kyle Hutton replacing Anestis Argyriou in midfield.

Rangers went into the game in fourth place but Queen's Park struggled to get out of their own half in the opening stages and goalkeeper Neil Parry made comfortable saves from Shiels and McCulloch.

However, Queen's soon grew into the game and created a decent chance for centre-forward Jamie Longworth, who fired over from 16 yards.

The Spiders were passing the ball with confidence and they had the home support worried after Richard Little's diagonal ball found Robertson on the left wing, when his low cross just evaded Longworth.

The home support were getting restless as their team struggled to string passes together and Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander caught James Brough's header following David Anderson's free-kick.

Rangers were lacking leadership and someone to take a grip of the game in midfield but they rallied in the latter stages of the half.

Fraser Aird's inswinging corner bounced across the six yard box and Sebastien Faure's diving header hit the side netting.

They came closer when McCulloch laid off Aird's cross into the path of Shiels, who fired a left-footed drive towards the far corner, but Parry got down brilliantly to get a hand to keep it out.

Hutton and Ian Black were involved in a brief argument as the teams walked off at half-time and it was hard to imagine those being the last raised voices of the interval among the home team.

Queen's had the first chance of the second half when Longworth headed over Lawrence Shankland's corner.

McCulloch shot wide from 16 yards while Rangers survived a scare following Faure's short passback when Alexander caught Shankland's cross while well out of his goal.

Andy Little returned from a six-week lay-off with a foot injury in the 55th minute and soon had a sight of goal, but Brough threw himself in the way of his shot.

Rangers did not have to wait long for the opener though as Shiels got the ball on the left and cut in along the bye-line before squaring the ball for McCulloch to tap home into the unguarded net.

The hosts looked more comfortable on the ball in the immediate aftermath of the goal but quickly put themselves under pressure with some slack play inside their own half.

And Robertson missed a wonderful chance in the 62nd minute after carving the home defence open. The winger spun away from Black with a superb piece of skill and played successive one-twos, the second of which with Longworth put him clean through on goal.

The winger had all the time he needed with the ball on his left foot but delayed his shot, which allowed Alexander to narrow the angle sufficiently to block his shot from eight yards.

Lewis MacLeod twice shot just wide from long range and McCulloch fluffed a chance to go round Parry but the goal had not opened the floodgates and the visitors had Rangers pushed back for much of the final quarter.

However, they were unable to make the most of several set-pieces and McCulloch had another easy finish in injury-time with Parry grounded after substitute Barrie McKay's 30-yard effort bounced back off the bar.

OfficialJohn Beaton
Attendance49,463
VenueIbrox Stadium
Kick Off
Rangers 0 - 0 Queen's Park
0:41
Foul on Fraser Aird
0:49
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the left wing
1:15
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
2:02
Foul on Lee McCulloch
2:09
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the right wing
2:22
Cross from Ian Black
2:36
Save made by Neil Parry
4:11
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the centre penalty area
4:24
Save made by Neil Parry
8:10
Corner taken by Lawrence Shankland with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
8:39
Clearance by Lee Wallace
9:14
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot
9:28
Save made by Neil Parry
9:56
Foul on Lee McCulloch
10:02
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace from the right wing
10:16
Cross from Lee Wallace
10:26
Clearance by Michael Keenan
11:10
Foul on Jamie Longworth
11:17
Free Kick taken by Richard Little
11:33
Cross from Richard Little
11:38
Save made by Neil Alexander
11:42
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
13:16
Cross from Lawrence Shankland
13:25
Clearance by Sebastien Faure
13:37
Shot taken by Jamie Longworth with his right foot from the right penalty area
13:59
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
16:45
Shot taken by Fraser Aird with his right foot
16:57
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
19:21
Foul on David Anderson
19:28
Free Kick taken by Richard Little
20:59
Corner taken by Fraser Aird with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
21:21
Clearance by Jamie Longworth
28:02
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
32:33
Foul on Andrew Robertson
32:40
Free Kick taken by David Anderson from the left wing
33:06
Cross from David Anderson
33:17
Shot taken by James Brough from the right penalty area
33:30
Save made by Neil Alexander
34:44
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
35:06
Foul on Lewis MacLeod
35:11
Free Kick taken by Ross Perry
36:02
Corner taken by Fraser Aird with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
36:36
Shot taken by Sebastien Faure from the right penalty area
36:58
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
39:02
BOOKING: Lee McCulloch of Rangers given yellow card for dissent
39:20
Offside flag raised against Lee McCulloch
39:23
Free Kick taken by Neil Parry
40:01
Offside flag raised against Sebastien Faure
40:02
Free Kick taken by Neil Parry
40:53
Corner taken by Fraser Aird with his right foot from the left byline
41:16
Clearance by Michael Keenan
41:35
Offside flag raised against Lawrence Shankland
41:36
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
43:18
Shot taken by Dean Shiels using his left foot from the left penalty area
43:34
Save made by Neil Parry
43:42
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left penalty area
43:57
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
45:00+0:37
Foul on Lee McCulloch
45:00+0:42
Free Kick taken by Kyle Hutton
45:00+1:01
Corner taken by Fraser Aird with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
Half Time
Rangers 0 - 0 Queen's Park
Second Half Started
Rangers 0 - 0 Queen's Park
46:17
Shot taken by Fraser Aird with his right foot
46:29
Save made by Neil Parry
47:21
Corner taken by Lawrence Shankland with his right foot from the left byline
47:43
Shot taken by Jamie Longworth from the centre penalty area
47:57
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
48:52
Corner taken by Lewis MacLeod with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
49:19
Cross from Fraser Aird
51:31
Foul on Ian Black
51:36
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
51:48
BOOKING: David Anderson of Queen's Park given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
52:19
Cross from Lee Wallace
52:27
Clearance by Paul Gallacher
52:38
Offside flag raised against Dean Shiels
52:39
Free Kick taken by Neil Parry
53:28
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
53:43
Substitution for Rangers: Andrew Little on for Fraser Aird
55:28
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the left penalty area
55:45
Block taken by Richard Little
56:10
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the right penalty area
56:10
Rangers 1 - 0 Queen's Park
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the right penalty area going centre high of the goal.
57:56
Corner taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
58:17
Clearance by Paul Gallacher
59:40
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
61:37
Shot taken by Andrew Robertson using his left foot from the right penalty area
62:01
Save made by Neil Alexander
64:51
Cross from Dean Shiels
64:57
Clearance by Richard Little
65:51
Cross from Lee Wallace
65:55
Clearance by Peter Bradley
66:14
Shot taken by Lewis MacLeod using his left foot
66:35
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
67:08
Corner taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
67:23
Save made by Neil Parry
68:32
Corner taken by Andrew Robertson using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
68:57
Clearance by Kyle Hutton
71:14
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
72:19
Substitution for Queen's Park: Ian Watt on for Andrew Robertson
72:56
Foul on Lawrence Shankland
73:00
Free Kick taken by Giuseppe Capuano
73:21
BOOKING: Sebastien Faure of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
74:37
Shot taken by Lawrence Shankland with his right foot from the left wing
74:46
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
77:32
Foul on Peter Bradley
77:35
Free Kick taken by Peter Bradley
77:36
BOOKING: Andrew Little of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
78:56
Substitution for Queen's Park: Anthony Quinn on for Michael Keenan
80:48
Foul on Ian Watt
81:00
Free Kick taken by Ian Watt from the right wing
81:29
Cross from Ian Watt
81:45
Corner taken by Lawrence Shankland with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
82:20
Foul on Ross Perry
82:24
Substitution for Rangers: Barrie McKay on for Dean Shiels
82:46
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
84:01
Substitution for Queen's Park: Craig Smith on for Giuseppe Capuano
87:38
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
88:24
Cross from Lewis MacLeod
88:35
Save made by Neil Parry
89:26
Shot taken by Lewis MacLeod with his right foot
89:48
Goal Kick taken by Neil Parry
90:00+0:32
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+0:32
Rangers 2 - 0 Queen's Park
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
90:00+2:05
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
Full Time
Rangers 2 - 0 Queen's Park

Rangers

vs

Queen's Park

2
Goals
0
2
Assists
0
12
Shots
5
7
On Target
2
5
Off Target
3
7
Crosses
4
7
Corners
4
9
Throw Ins
5
3
Saves
7
3
Clearances
7
8
Goal Kicks
9
0
Blocks
1
8
Free Kicks
9
3
Offside
1
3
Yellow Cards
1

Rangers

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Neil Alexander
03.Sanchez Emilson Cribari
04.Ross Perry
05.Lee Wallace
02.Sebastien Faure (74+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Lee McCulloch (40+0: Dissent)
07.Kyle Hutton
08.Ian Black
09.Dean Shiels 83+0' Tactical
10.Lewis MacLeod
11.Fraser Aird 54+0' Tactical

Substitutes

16.Scott Gallagher
12.Anestis Argyriou
14.Kevin Kyle
15.Barrie McKay 83+0' Tactical
17.Andrew Little (78+0: Unsporting behaviour) 54+0' Tactical

Queen's Park

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Neil Parry
02.Richard Little
03.Peter Bradley
04.Paul Gallacher
05.James Brough
06.Giuseppe Capuano 85+0' Tactical
11.Andrew Robertson 73+0' Tactical
08.David Anderson (52+0: Unsporting behaviour)
09.Michael Keenan 79+0' Tactical
07.Lawrence Shankland
10.Jamie Longworth

Substitutes

20.Blair Lochhead
12.Anthony Quinn 79+0' Tactical
14.Ian Watt 73+0' Tactical
15.Craig Smith 85+0' Tactical
16.Sean Burns

Little boost for Gers

Andy Little returns to the Rangers squad for the visit of Irn-Bru Third Division leaders Queen's Park after recovering from a foot injury.

David Templeton (ankle) and Kane Hemmings (knee) are stepping up their recoveries but will not make the squad. Francisco Sandaza (broken cheekbone) remains on the sidelines.

Manager Ally McCoist said: "Queen's Park are going very well, Gardner (Speirs) has got them playing some very good football.

"They one of the more mobile and aggressive teams in the league - they have a bit of pace and energy about them. It's a derby and we're looking forward to it."

Third Division leaders Queen's Park include full back Andrew Robertson in their squad for the trip after he completed a two game suspension when he sat out last weekend's 2-2 draw with Annan

Giuseppe Capuano and Alan Urquhart have also been added with Hampden head coach Gardner Speirs telling his men to first and foremost show the bumper crowd at Ibrox that they are a good footballing side.

Speirs said, "I have asked our players to play their natural game to the best of their ability and if they do that I will be pleased whatever the result.

"We need to be a lot better than we were against Annan last week to hit that target but I have confidence that the players will rise to the challenge."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Up Rangers 8 12 15
2 Elgin City 9 4 15
3 Down Queen's Park 8 5 14
4 Down Peterhead 8 2 13
5 Up Berwick Rangers 8 3 11
6 Up Montrose 9 -5 11
7 Down Annan Athletic 8 -3 10
8 Down Clyde 8 -4 10
9 Up East Stirlingshire 8 -8 9
10 Down Stirling Albion 8 -6 6

Updated 20/10/2012 at 18:19

 

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