Rangers win again - Livingston 0 Rangers 2

Last updated : 14 September 2002 By Vanderhogg
Livingston 0 Rangers 2
Rangers eased past Livingston with a less than convincing 2-0 victory at Almondvale this afternoon with goals from Maurice Ross and Barry Ferguson in the second half, following a red card for Sherif Toure-Maman.

The game started in humorous fashion as the stadium announcer said “Anyone using foul or abusive language will be ejected from the ground”. Cue a nearby Livingston supporter to shout “C’mon Livi – intae these f***in’ b******s”!

Only three minutes were on the clock and Livi registered the first chance. Zarate rode a couple of challenges and played a neat ball out to the impressive Barry Wilson. He crossed low and Quino met the ball first time. Thankfully a smart stop by Klos kept Rangers in the game early on.

On 9 minutes, Caniggia had a solid penalty claim. Arveldze fed the ball through to Claudio, who enticed McNamee into the challenge. Amazingly Kenny Clark waved away the appeals.

Another penalty appeal from Rangers came 3 minutes later as Caniggia went down under a challenge from Gary Bollan. There was only a bit of contact, however Bollan’s reaction was disappointing – possibly to contest any penalty – and the reaction got Caniggia an undeserved booked.

Caniggia again was in the thick of the action on 20 minutes as the Livi tactics became apparent – to boot and foul Rangers at every turn – and CC took a sore one. Clark played on as Arteta tricked his way past Bollan who was desperate to haul down the Spaniard. As Mikel passed to Arveladze, Bollan got his wish and sailed through the Georgian international.

The game was now threatening to get out of control as Livi’s boot boys seemed to be intent on injuring the Rangers players, rather than play the ball. No booking for this rather summed up the craziness of the earlier Caniggia booking.

The resultant free-kick from Ferguson came off a defender, off Billy Dodds and fell just wide.

Sherif was finally booked on 25 minutes as Moore broke up a Livi move and came out of defence only to be caught late and recklessly. This booking was to have serious consequences later in the match.

8 minutes from halftime and Livi should have been a goal to the good. Arveladze’s misplaced pass allowed Quino to feed Zarate in on goal. As he tried to go round Klos, the German stopper proved why he’s the best goalkeeper in Britain as he grabbed the ball from the striker’s feet.

Half time –
Livingston 0 Rangers 0

The second half was only 3 minutes old when Muscat and Camacho clashed off the ball. This seemed accidental as neither were looking at each other and unbelievably, the referee decided to book the Australian full-back. The decision stank of incompetence on Clark’s part – probably not helped by Camacho rolling on the floor with little wrong.

On 53 minutes we were left wondering how many fouls Gary Bollan would be allowed before getting a card as he flew through Arteta again. The little Spaniard should take this as a back handed compliment though as he is simply too good for them to handle

Only 3 minutes after Bollan’s latest foul, Zarate was booked for a soft foul on Craig Moore! Clark was by now taking the proverbial.

With the second half short on goalscoring opportunities, the turning point came on 57 minutes. Having been booked for his crude lunge on Moore in the first half, Sherif was shown red for his latest “tackle” on Fernando Ricksen. It’s testament to how late he was, that the Livingston fans did not complain!

From the resultant freekick , Rangers had a golden chance for the opener. Arteta’s flighted cross was met superbly by Moore and the ball scraped the post on the way past.

The first goal was however only 2 minutes away. A marvellous run by Maurice Ross was found by a superb pass from Barry Ferguson. The young Scot took a great first touch and swept the ball home with a low drive.

It was the youngster’s first goal for the club and one he obviously relished as he celebrated in front of the (once again) fabulously vocal travelling support – home support and Subway Loyal take note…..

0 Rangers 1 (60 minutes)

Rangers now threatened to take Livi apart as Caniggia tricked his way past two defenders. His cross was a fraction too high from Arveladze and the header went wide.

Four minutes after the goal provided further evidence of Livingston’s tactics as both Bollan and Bingham flew in to “challenge” Arteta. He was both hit in the legs and the face by the Livi players, yet still no action. You were left wondering what might have happened if it was at the other end…..

Peter Lovenkrands returned from injury on 66 minutes, replacing Billy Dodds. The former Scottish international tried hard and linked the play well, but nothing would drop for him.

A further change on 74 minutes as Latapy replaced Caniggia. Maybe this was to pacify the Trinidad and Tobago player following his comments about leaving if not playing. Maybe Rangers might be better off keeping the 10 grand per week…..

Following yet another foul on Ricksen on 80 minutes, Mikel Arteta almost brought the house down with a Paul Gascoigne style shot on goal from the touchline. The ball whizzed a fraction wide as Javier-Sanchez Broto should and watched, well beaten.

With only 5 minutes remaining, Lapaty robbed McNamee on the touchline and fed Lovenkrands who had beaten the offside trap. As he entered the box, he cut inside only for Marvin Andrews to chop his legs away from him – the dictionary definition of “stonewall penalty” is being rewritten this evening.

Barry Ferguson despatched his fourth penalty of the season with ease, and left me wondering how long it would be until those of a “dirtier” persuasion would moan about the penalties – first call of the evening on Sportsound, and they never disappoint!

0 Rangers 2 (86 minutes)

He last chance fell to Rangers again as Shota Arveladze hit the post from 20 yards almost on full time.

Full time –
Livingston 0 Rangers 2

In the end, it was a comfortable victory for Rangers even thought they did not play particularly well. It could be said that games like this go a long way to winning titles – and even at this earlier stage, it was games like this that we dropped many points in last term. Nice to note too that it’s two Scots boys scoring the goals.

As for Livingston – they might consider a return to playing football rather than wrestling to try and get points.

Follow Follow Man of the Match – Mikel Arteta
. Close cal between himself and Barry Ferguson as both simply ran the midfield. Arteta gets it for continually getting up following Livingston’s WWF impersonation!



Klos, Ricksen, Moore, Ferguson, Caniggia (Lovenkrands 65), Malcolm, Dodds (Latapy 74), Muscat, Ross, Arveladze, Arteta

McGregor, Latapy, Mols, Konterman, Lovenkrands


Broto, McNamee, Bollan, Rubio, Andrews, Quino, Lovell, Sherif, Wilson, Zarate, Camacho


McEwan, Dadi, Dorado, Bingham, O’Brien

Referee: Kenny Clark

Asst Referees: Martin Doran, James Bee

th Official: Dougie Smith

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