Rangers 1 - 2 Peterhead

Saturday 20th April 2013
L McCulloch (12)S Ross (23)
R McAllister (56)

Misery on the pitch for Rangers

Rangers capped a difficult week off the field with a poor result on it as they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat against Peterhead in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Lee McCulloch opened the scoring for the Light Blues but goals from Scott Ross and Rory McAllister sealed the win for the visitors.

The Blue Toon joined Annan Athletic as the only bottom-tier sides to take maximum points from the champions at Ibrox this season.

Rangers were plunged into fresh turmoil when Charles Green offered his resignation as chief executive following "negative publicity" in recent weeks.

The move came seven days after Rangers' board announced plans to commission an independent investigation following former owner Craig Whyte's allegations he was involved in the Green consortium's acquisition of the club last summer.

Reports now suggest Craig Mather - a shareholder and the club's director of sports development - is the front-runner to replace Green.

With the off-field issues once again dominating the headlines, Rangers were keen to deliver a result on the park.

Andy Little returned after a month out of action with a knee injury, while Chris Hegarty was back in the side after serving a ban.

Emilson Cribari missed out through injury and Robbie Crawford dropped to the bench for the clash.

McCulloch fired the home side into the lead with 12 minutes on the clock after pouncing on a loose ball and lashing his 26th goal of the season high into the net.

The skipper should have added to his tally when David Templeton whipped a tempting cross from the right into the box and McCulloch just failed to connect and stab home.

Instead, it was Peterhead who had the net bulging after 23 minutes.

Ryan Strachan floated a corner into the goalmouth and Ross reacted first with a back-post header that fell beyond the grasp of Neil Alexander.

The woodwork prevented Rangers from restoring their lead when Little cushioned the ball into the path of Templeton, who unleashed a shot that appeared to be goalound. The winger wheeled away to celebrate and looked back in disbelief as the effort smacked off the post.

Templeton had another crack at goal shortly after the restart but dragged his shot wide of target.

Rangers were left ruing missed opportunities when Peterhead surged into the lead after 56 minutes.

McAllister collected Steven Noble's pass and rifled into the top corner to claim his 10th goal in six matches.

Rangers swapped Fraser Aird for Kal Naismith as they attempted to haul themselves back into the match.

Little could have levelled with a turn and shot but goalkeeper Graeme Smith did well to smother.

Youngster Daniel Stoney was thrown into the action for Templeton and tried his luck with a shot that dipped just over the crossbar.

Ian Black's effort then fizzed past the upright, and McCulloch drew an excellent last-gasp save from Smith, as the Blue Toon held on for the win.

OfficialEuan Norris
Attendance43,961
VenueIbrox Stadium
Kick Off
Rangers 0 - 0 Peterhead
0:13
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
0:47
Shot taken by David Cox using his left foot
0:57
Block taken by Sebastien Faure
1:41
Cross from Fraser Aird
1:46
Save made by Graeme Smith
2:23
Shot taken by David Templeton using his left foot
2:35
Save made by Graeme Smith
2:42
Foul on Ryan Strachan
3:09
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
3:17
Shot taken by Ryan Strachan with his right foot
3:29
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
4:15
Foul on Andrew Mitchell
4:21
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the right wing
5:23
Hand Ball taken by David Templeton
5:25
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
6:25
Foul on Andrew Mitchell
6:29
Free Kick taken by Kyle Hutton
7:24
Hand Ball taken by Scott Ross
7:26
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
8:56
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
10:21
Offside flag raised against Andrew Little
10:25
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
11:07
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the left penalty area
11:07
Rangers 1 - 0 Peterhead
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the left penalty area going centre high of the goal.
12:12
Foul on Andrew Little
12:17
Free Kick taken by Andrew Little
12:22
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
12:33
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
13:17
Foul on Rory McAllister
13:21
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan from the right wing
13:50
Cross from Ryan Strachan
13:54
Clearance by Sebastien Faure
16:00
Corner taken by Ryan Strachan with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
16:32
Clearance by Andrew Little
16:59
Shot taken by Ryan Strachan with his right foot from the left penalty area
17:14
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
17:32
Foul on Lee McCulloch
17:39
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
17:50
Cross from Ian Black
17:55
Clearance by Ross Smith
18:26
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
19:40
Cross from Andrew Little
19:49
Clearance by Ross Smith
20:19
Cross from David Templeton
20:51
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
21:39
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area
22:15
Corner taken by David Cox with his right foot from the right byline
22:54
Shot taken by Scott Ross from the left penalty area
22:54
Rangers 1 - 1 Peterhead
GOAL scored by Scott Ross from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
25:37
Cross from Andrew Mitchell
25:40
Clearance by Ross Smith
26:24
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the right penalty area
27:05
Shot taken by Kyle Hutton with his right foot
27:18
Block taken by Steven Noble
27:35
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
28:31
Foul on Ian Black
28:36
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
29:48
Corner taken by Ryan Strachan with his right foot from the left byline
30:16
Clearance by Sebastien Faure
30:31
Save made by Neil Alexander
30:40
Cross from Graeme Sharp
30:46
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
32:19
Foul on David Cox
32:27
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
32:46
Shot taken by David Cox with his right foot from the right penalty area
32:58
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
33:16
Foul on Lee McCulloch
33:22
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
36:33
Foul on Ryan Strachan
36:36
Free Kick taken by Scott Ross
36:59
BOOKING: Ian Black of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
37:57
Cross from Scott Ross
38:01
Save made by Neil Alexander
38:10
Foul on David Templeton
38:16
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
39:54
Hand Ball taken by Ryan Strachan
39:56
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
40:30
Cross from Ian Black
40:34
Block taken by Ross Smith
40:41
Clearance by Ryan Strachan
42:04
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
43:14
Foul on David Templeton
43:23
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the left wing
43:55
Cross from Ian Black
43:59
Save made by Graeme Smith
44:09
Foul on Andrew Rodgers
44:17
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan from the right wing
44:37
Cross from Ryan Strachan
44:42
Save made by Neil Alexander
Half Time
Rangers 1 - 1 Peterhead
Second Half Started
Rangers 1 - 1 Peterhead
45:36
Foul on Andrew Mitchell
45:39
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
46:02
Foul on Rory McAllister
46:07
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
46:29
Cross from Ryan Strachan
46:34
Save made by Neil Alexander
46:57
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
47:08
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
47:25
Foul on James Redman
47:36
Free Kick taken by Ryan Strachan
47:45
Cross from Ryan Strachan
47:49
Clearance by Sebastien Faure
47:51
Shot taken by Andrew Rodgers using his left foot
48:11
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
48:42
Shot taken by David Templeton using his left foot from the left penalty area
48:58
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
49:58
Shot taken by James Redman with his right foot
50:06
Block taken by Lee Wallace
50:35
Cross from Graeme Sharp
50:40
Save made by Neil Alexander
51:48
Foul on Ross Smith
51:54
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
52:27
Cross from Steven Noble
52:31
Clearance by Christopher Hegarty
52:53
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
54:02
Foul on Steven Noble
54:08
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
55:05
Shot taken by Rory McAllister with his right foot from the left penalty area
55:05
Rangers 1 - 2 Peterhead
GOAL scored by Rory McAllister with his right foot from the left penalty area to the top left of the goal.
56:18
Corner taken by Fraser Aird with his right foot from the right byline
56:52
Shot taken by Andrew Little from the centre penalty area
57:07
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
57:55
Substitution for Rangers: Kal Naismith on for Fraser Aird
58:39
Foul on Ian Black
58:51
Free Kick taken by Christopher Hegarty
59:21
Cross from Andrew Mitchell
59:25
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the right penalty area
59:34
Save made by Graeme Smith
60:01
Offside flag raised against Andrew Rodgers
60:02
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
61:10
Cross from Andrew Mitchell
61:15
Clearance by Ross Smith
61:40
Foul on Rory McAllister
61:44
Free Kick taken by Steven Noble
61:45
Substitution for Peterhead: Bryan Gilfillan on for Dean Cowie
62:52
Cross from Kal Naismith
62:57
Clearance by Scott Ross
63:33
Corner taken by Ryan Strachan with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
64:05
Shot taken by Scott Ross from the left six yard line
64:21
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
64:39
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
64:54
Save made by Graeme Smith
65:48
Cross from Bryan Gilfillan
65:54
Clearance by Sebastien Faure
66:14
Shot taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot
66:22
Block taken by Ross Smith
66:42
Corner taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
67:04
Clearance by Rory McAllister
67:11
Cross from Andrew Mitchell
67:24
Offside flag raised against Lee McCulloch
67:26
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
68:24
Foul on Andrew Mitchell
68:28
Substitution for Rangers: Daniel Stoney on for David Templeton
68:38
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
69:16
Foul on Ryan Strachan
69:21
Free Kick taken by Graeme Smith
70:14
Offside flag raised against Andrew Rodgers
70:15
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
70:47
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
71:46
Shot taken by Daniel Stoney with his right foot from the right penalty area
71:56
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
73:08
Shot taken by Kal Naismith with his right foot from the right penalty area
73:16
Block taken by Ross Smith
73:20
Shot taken by Ian Black using his left foot
73:30
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
74:36
Corner taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
75:43
Substitution for Rangers: Luca Gasparotto on for Christopher Hegarty
77:10
Foul on Ian Black
77:15
Free Kick taken by Kal Naismith
78:02
Shot taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot
78:10
Save made by Graeme Smith
78:42
Substitution for Peterhead: Conner McGlinchey on for Andrew Rodgers
79:27
Shot taken by Rory McAllister using his left foot from the left penalty area
79:37
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
80:45
Cross from Andrew Mitchell
80:48
Clearance by Ross Smith
81:48
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
84:02
Shot taken by Luca Gasparotto using his left foot
84:10
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
85:04
Cross from Andrew Little
85:09
Clearance by Steven Noble
85:17
Cross from Kal Naismith
85:23
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
86:10
Cross from Lee Wallace
86:14
Clearance by Ross Smith
87:01
Shot taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot
87:09
Block taken by Bryan Gilfillan
87:16
Offside flag raised against Rory McAllister
87:18
Free Kick taken by Luca Gasparotto
88:52
Cross from Andrew Mitchell
88:58
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
89:31
Foul on Luca Gasparotto
89:35
Free Kick taken by Kal Naismith
89:44
BOOKING: Rory McAllister of Peterhead given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
90:00+0:38
Shot taken by Kal Naismith with his right foot
90:00+0:53
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
90:00+1:19
Cross from Lee Wallace
90:00+1:24
Clearance by Steven Noble
90:00+1:32
Cross from Andrew Mitchell
90:00+1:40
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area
90:00+1:50
Save made by Neil Alexander
90:00+1:53
Corner taken by Daniel Stoney with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
90:00+2:04
Clearance by Bryan Gilfillan
90:00+2:15
Cross from Kal Naismith
90:00+2:27
Shot taken by Sebastien Faure from the left penalty area
90:00+2:38
Goal Kick taken by Graeme Smith
90:00+3:31
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
Full Time
Rangers 1 - 2 Peterhead

Rangers

vs

Peterhead

1
Goals
2
0
Assists
2
21
Shots
10
8
On Target
4
13
Off Target
6
19
Crosses
9
4
Corners
4
20
Throw Ins
12
6
Saves
6
6
Clearances
12
9
Goal Kicks
19
2
Blocks
5
18
Free Kicks
14
2
Offside
3
1
Hand Balls
2
1
Yellow Cards
1

Rangers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Neil Alexander
03.Sebastien Faure
04.Christopher Hegarty 76+0' Tactical
05.Lee Wallace
10.Kyle Hutton
02.Andrew Mitchell
08.Ian Black (37+0: Unsporting behaviour)
09.David Templeton 69+0' Tactical
11.Fraser Aird 58+0' Tactical
06.Lee McCulloch
07.Andrew Little

Substitutes

16.Alan Smith
15.Luca Gasparotto 76+0' Tactical
14.Robbie Crawford
12.Kal Naismith 58+0' Tactical
17.Daniel Stoney 69+0' Tactical

Peterhead

Formation: 4-5-1

01.Graeme Smith
04.Scott Ross
05.Ross Smith
11.Ryan Strachan
02.Graeme Sharp
03.Steven Noble
06.Dean Cowie 62+0' Tactical
07.David Cox
08.James Redman
09.Rory McAllister (90+0: Unsporting behaviour)
10.Andrew Rodgers 79+0' Tactical

Substitutes

21.Paul Jarvie
12.Bryan Gilfillan 62+0' Tactical
15.Conner McGlinchey 79+0' Tactical
14.Ryan McCann
16.Jake Fitzgerald

Duo back for Rangers

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has been boosted by the welcome return of Andy Little and Chris Hegarty for the Irn-Bru Third Division encounter with Peterhead.

The Ibrox men host the Blue Toon and will be able to include 25-goal joint-top scorer Little for the first time since beating Elgin on March 16, while defender Hegarty returns after serving a two-match ban for stamping on an opponent in last month's match with Montrose.

However, there are still selection concerns for McCoist with Brazilian defender Emilson Cribari ruled out through injury, meaning teenager Canadian Luca Gasparotto could replace him at the heart of the Light Blues' back four, while winger Barrie MacKay (foot) won't play again this season.

Martin Bavidge will miss Peterhead's trip to face to face the champions.

The striker has a hamstring injury and joins Callum MacDonald and Davie Ross, who are both nursing knee problems, on the sidelines.

However, Bryan Gilfillan could make a surprise return to action after overcoming the ankle injury that looked to have ended his season a fortnight ago.

Balmoor boss Jim McInally said: "We could not ask to be going there in better form having won our last five games and not conceded a goal.

"However, playing Rangers at home is a very different proposition to normal Third Division games, but if we play well and they play poorly we are in with a chance."

Victory for second-placed Peterhead could secure them a promotion play-off place if other results go their way.

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Rangers 34 55 77
2 Peterhead 34 18 53
3 Queen's Park 34 8 53
4 Berwick Rangers 34 7 49
5 Montrose 34 -7 46
6 Elgin City 34 -3 45
7 Up Stirling Albion 34 0 41
8 Up Clyde 34 -20 40
9 Down Annan Athletic 34 -13 39
10 East Stirlingshire 34 -45 29

Updated 20/04/2013 at 17:03

 

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