Rangers 2 - 0 Peterhead

Saturday 10th November 2012
L McCulloch (43)
L Wallace (66)

McCulloch continues goalscoring form

Skipper Lee McCulloch proved to be unstoppable in front of goal as he netted for the 17th time this season in a 2-0 win over Peterhead.

The utility man was moved back to the heart of defence for the clash at Ibrox but still managed to add to his tally, with Lee Wallace also on the scoresheet.

This encounter proved to be more comfortable for the Light Blues than the 2-2 draw they scraped at Peterhead on the opening day of the league campaign.

Rangers made two changes from the side which thrashed Alloa 7-0 in the William Hill Scottish Cup last week as boss Ally McCoist was forced to shuffle his pack through injury.

Wallace recovered from a dead leg to take his place in the side, while youngster Robbie Crawford also started.

But defensive duo Emilson Cribari and Ross Perry were both missing from the squad, with Cribari carrying a knock and Perry presumably also injured.

As a result, McCulloch was asked to move to centre-half and shore up the defence in their absence.

Representatives from each of the armed forces and veterans led out the teams before a minute's silence was observed against the back-drop of a poppy card display in the stands.

Once the action was under way, Peterhead had an early chance when Rory McAllister rattled the crossbar in the opening minutes, albeit the offside flag was raised.

The home fans then screamed for handball against Scott Ross but there was no penalty award from referee Craig Charleston.

Rangers gradually began to impose themselves upon the game and Andy Little's volley from the edge of the box flashed just wide.

McCulloch then burst forward before having a go with a shot from distance that dipped over the crossbar.

Rangers cranked up the pressure and goalkeeper Mark McCallum was called into action to tip past the post from a swerving Ian Black free-kick.

At the other end, the visitors hit the woodwork again, with Ryan Strachan smacking the crossbar straight from a corner-kick on this occasion.

Rangers broke the deadlock two minutes before the interval when McCulloch added to his impressive tally for the season.

Barrie McKay delivered an inviting corner into the box and the skipper rose above everyone else to power a header into the back of the net.

McCulloch was hungry for more goals and saw a double shot blocked by the Peterhead defence shortly after the restart.

Little was then off-target with a left-foot strike that slid just past the upright as the home side pressed for a second goal.

The honours went to Wallace after 66 minutes when he collected from Black's free-kick and unleashed a low shot past McCallum to deliver a blow to the Blue Toon's hopes of a comeback.

Rangers were looking to put the gloss on what looked set to be a comfortable win and Dean Shiels rifled inches wide after combining well with McKay, before McCallum smothered a tame effort from substitute Kal Naismith.

OfficialCraig Charleston
Attendance48,407
VenueIbrox Stadium
Kick Off
Rangers 0 - 0 Peterhead
0:40
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot
0:48
Save made by Marc McCallum
4:23
Shot taken by Rory McAllister from the right six yard line
4:49
Corner taken by Ryan Strachan with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
5:11
Save made by Neil Alexander
5:32
Foul on Lee McCulloch
5:38
Free Kick taken by Lee McCulloch
6:11
Cross from Barrie McKay
6:22
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
7:16
Foul on David Cox
7:22
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan from the right wing
7:48
Cross from Ryan Strachan
7:52
Shot taken by Rory McAllister from the right six yard line
8:12
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
8:26
Cross from Ian Black
8:35
Clearance by Ryan Strachan
8:45
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
9:07
Clearance by Rory McAllister
9:13
Shot taken by Dean Shiels using his left foot
9:23
Save made by Marc McCallum
9:57
Foul on Christopher Hegarty
10:14
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
11:00
Shot taken by Scott McLaughlin with his right foot
11:13
Save made by Neil Alexander
11:23
Foul on Lee Wallace
11:30
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
12:20
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
14:55
Cross from Lee Wallace
16:01
Foul on Dean Shiels
16:10
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the left wing
17:04
Shot taken by Ian Black with his right foot
17:13
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
17:53
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
21:05
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
21:14
Shot taken by Andrew Little with his right foot
21:33
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
24:52
Foul on Rory McAllister
24:59
Free Kick taken by James Redman
26:23
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot
26:34
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
26:59
Foul on David Cox
27:06
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan from the right wing
27:29
Cross from Ryan Strachan
29:02
Foul on Dean Shiels
29:12
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the left wing
29:45
Cross from Ian Black
29:54
Save made by Marc McCallum
29:59
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
30:23
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch from the centre penalty area
30:39
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
30:58
Shot taken by Dean Shiels using his left foot
31:10
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
33:01
Foul on Scott McLaughlin
33:22
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan from the left wing
33:30
Cross from Ryan Strachan
34:23
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the left penalty area
34:35
Save made by Marc McCallum
34:40
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
34:57
Clearance by Rory McAllister
35:08
Foul on David Cox
35:13
Free Kick taken by Marc McCallum
38:00
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
38:06
Clearance by David Ross
40:37
Foul on Dean Shiels
40:40
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
41:34
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot
41:47
Block taken by David Ross
41:51
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
42:14
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch from the left six yard line
42:14
Rangers 1 - 0 Peterhead
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch from the left six yard line to the bottom right of the goal.
43:42
Foul on Rory McAllister
43:51
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
44:33
Shot taken by James Redman with his right foot
44:44
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
45:00+0:28
Foul on Scott Ross
45:00+0:35
Free Kick taken by Marc McCallum
Half Time
Rangers 1 - 0 Peterhead
Second Half Started
Rangers 1 - 0 Peterhead
45:32
Foul on Ian Black
45:37
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
45:46
Foul on Andrew Little
45:55
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
47:12
Corner taken by Ryan Strachan with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
47:53
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
49:12
Cross from Ian Black
49:18
Clearance by Scott Ross
49:28
Foul on Ian Black
49:36
BOOKING: Dean Cowie of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
49:54
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
49:59
Cross from Lee Wallace
50:02
Clearance by James Redman
50:11
Shot taken by Ian Black with his right foot
50:21
Block taken by Scott Ross
50:54
Cross from Andrew Little
50:58
Clearance by Ryan Strachan
51:06
Cross from Dean Shiels
51:09
Clearance by Ryan Strachan
53:02
Cross from Andrew Little
53:11
Clearance by Ross Smith
53:16
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
53:45
Cross from Robert Crawford
53:51
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
55:25
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot
55:37
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
56:15
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
56:42
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch from the right penalty area
56:56
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
57:14
Foul on Rory McAllister
57:18
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
58:35
Shot taken by Barrie McKay using his left foot
60:03
Shot taken by Lewis Macleod with his right foot
60:16
Substitution for Peterhead: Bryan Deasley on for Dean Cowie
60:17
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
61:10
Foul on Robert Crawford
61:16
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
62:11
Foul on Rory McAllister
62:26
BOOKING: Lee McCulloch of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
62:27
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan from the left wing
62:55
Cross from Ryan Strachan
62:57
Shot taken by Rory McAllister from the left six yard line
63:07
Save made by Neil Alexander
63:52
Foul on Scott McLaughlin
63:59
BOOKING: Ian Black of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
64:16
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
65:05
Foul on Lee Wallace
65:13
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the left byline
65:40
Cross from Ian Black
65:43
Shot taken by Lee Wallace using his left foot from the left penalty area
65:43
Rangers 2 - 0 Peterhead
GOAL scored by Lee Wallace using his left foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
67:51
Substitution for Rangers: Kal Naismith on for Andrew Little
67:52
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
71:16
Foul on Scott McLaughlin
71:20
Substitution for Rangers: Kyle Hutton on for Ian Black
71:21
Free Kick taken by Marc McCallum
72:16
Substitution for Peterhead: Martin Bavidge on for James Redman
74:03
Shot taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot
74:18
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
74:30
Foul on Kal Naismith
74:34
Free Kick taken by Robert Crawford from the right wing
74:53
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
75:21
Save made by Marc McCallum
75:52
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
78:27
Shot taken by Dean Shiels using his left foot from the left penalty area
79:18
Substitution for Peterhead: Robert Winters on for David Cox
79:19
Goal Kick taken by Marc McCallum
81:38
Shot taken by Kal Naismith with his right foot from the right penalty area
81:51
Save made by Marc McCallum
82:16
Foul on Fraser Aird
82:26
Free Kick taken by Lewis Macleod from the right wing
82:58
Cross from Lewis Macleod
83:01
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area
83:13
Block taken by Martin Bavidge
83:23
Save made by Marc McCallum
84:29
Foul on Anestis Argyriou
84:37
BOOKING: Bryan Deasley of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
84:43
Free Kick taken by Kal Naismith from the right wing
85:21
Cross from Kal Naismith
85:24
Clearance by Martin Bavidge
85:35
Corner taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
86:02
Offside flag raised against Dean Shiels
86:05
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
86:34
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
87:18
Foul on Kyle Hutton
87:21
Free Kick taken by Dean Shiels
87:28
Shot taken by Kal Naismith with his right foot
87:35
Save made by Marc McCallum
88:12
Offside flag raised against Rory McAllister
88:13
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
90:00+0:38
Corner taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
90:00+1:02
Foul on Ryan Strachan
90:00+1:08
Free Kick taken by Marc McCallum
Full Time
Rangers 2 - 0 Peterhead

Rangers

vs

Peterhead

2
Goals
0
2
Assists
0
21
Shots
5
10
On Target
2
11
Off Target
3
16
Crosses
4
9
Corners
2
21
Throw Ins
16
3
Saves
8
0
Clearances
10
5
Goal Kicks
14
0
Blocks
3
16
Free Kicks
13
1
Offside
1
2
Yellow Cards
2

Rangers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Neil Alexander
02.Anestis Argyriou
03.Christopher Hegarty
05.Lee Wallace
07.Robert Crawford
08.Ian Black (64+0: Unsporting behaviour) 72+0' Tactical
10.Lewis Macleod
04.Andrew Little 68+0' Injury
06.Lee McCulloch (63+0: Unsporting behaviour)
09.Dean Shiels
11.Barrie McKay

Substitutes

16.Scott Gallagher
12.Kyle Hutton 72+0' Tactical
15.Fraser Aird
17.Kamil Wiktorski
14.Kal Naismith 68+0' Injury

Peterhead

Formation: 3-5-1-1

01.Marc McCallum
04.Ross Smith
05.Scott Ross
06.Ryan Strachan
03.Steven Noble
07.Dean Cowie (50+0: Unsporting behaviour) 61+0' Tactical
08.James Redman 73+0' Tactical
10.David Cox 80+0' Injury
11.Scott McLaughlin
02.David Ross
09.Rory McAllister

Substitutes

21.Paul Jarvie
12.Robert Winters 80+0' Injury
14.Bryan Deasley (85+0: Unsporting behaviour) 61+0' Tactical
15.Stephen Maguire
16.Martin Bavidge 73+0' Tactical

Last 5 Meetings

Injuries hamper Gers

Rangers have a number of injury problems ahead of their Irn-Bru Third Division game against Peterhead.

David Templeton has recovered from ankle ligament damage but misses the clash at Ibrox with a hamstring injury.

Kevin Kyle is out with a neck problem, while Sebastien Faure, Francisco Sandaza and Kane Hemmings remain on the sidelines, although Anestis Argyriou could return following an ankle injury.

Rangers opened their Third Division campaign with a 2-2 draw at Peterhead and Light Blues boss Ally McCoist is expecting another difficult encounter.

He said: "Peterhead have given us one of our tougher games, certainly one of the most physical. We only equalised in the last couple of minutes.

"It was the opening league game of the season and it was a really tough game up there and this will be a tough game. It's not ideal not being at full strength but we are where we are."

Peterhead have defender Scott Ross available following suspension.

Callum MacDonald is definitely out through injury and the Blue Toon will give Graeme Sharp and Jamie Redman time to prove their fitness after recent problems.

Balmoor assistant manager David Nicholls reckons that a trip to the leaders should be enjoyed and not feared, saying: "This will be a marvellous occasion for our club from the chairman down across to the players.

"We will go there and enjoy being part of what will no doubt be an incredible atmosphere.

"We did well in the 2-2 draw but at home Rangers have been great but we will do our best."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Rangers 10 16 21
2 Elgin City 11 6 19
3 Up Annan Athletic 10 3 16
4 Down Queen's Park 9 5 15
5 Up Montrose 11 -4 15
6 Down Peterhead 10 0 14
7 Down Berwick Rangers 10 1 12
8 Clyde 10 -7 10
9 East Stirlingshire 9 -11 9
10 Stirling Albion 10 -9 7

Updated 10/11/2012 at 16:58

 
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