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Team News: Two Changes For Gers.

 

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Kenny Miller and Darren McGregor come into the Rangers side today to take on Raith Rovers at Ibrox.

Nicky Clark will start on the bench this afternoon and the injured Marius Zaliukas also drops out from the team that started against Livingston before the international break.

Miller has only started four games this season since returning to Ibrox for his third spell as a player, he scored in the Light Blues 4-2 defeat of Queen of the South.

That game on August 30th was the last game the striker played before picking up a calf injury that has kept him out for over 6 weeks.

Nicky Clark scored in Rangers emphatic 4-0 defeat of Raith Rovers in September to take his tally to three for the season but makes way for Miller in today's line up.

Rangers: Simonsen, Foster, McGregor, Wallace, McCulloch, Law, Aird, Black, MacLeod, Miller, Boyd.

Subs: Robinson, Clark, Templeton, Daly, Faure, Smith, Shiels.

 

 

 

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Rangers 6-1 Raith Rovers
 

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RANGERS went two better than their Stark’s Park goal tally as they raced past Raith Rovers with a 6-1 win at Ibrox.

On Armed Forces day the Light Blues battled past Raith thanks to goals from Lee McCulloch, Nicky Law, Kenny Miller, Kris Boyd and a brace from Jon Daly.

An eighth minute goal from McCulloch started the rout and gave Raith a taste of what was to come.

Both Boyd and Daly both bagged their first league goals of the season, Boyd’s being the first he had scored in 746 minutes of league football this season.

The return of Kenny Miller’s return after six week’s out seemed to have the effect both his manager and himself had hoped as Rangers started the livelier. With just five minutes on the clock Miller’s impact was immediate as he wriggled away from the Raith defence on the edge of the box to get the ball free only to see his low shot easily saved by Ross Laidlaw.

Three minutes later the Gers made it 1-0, Lewis Macleod’s corner found Lee McCulloch rising highest in the box. The Captain glanced his header across the face of goal and into the top right hand corner of the Raith net.

Rangers continued to pile the pressure on and Macleod was involved again on ten minutes. The winger stepped away from Jason Thomson on the left to service Nicky Law who linked up with Kris Boyd to play a quick one two. Boyd swung his right foot through the ball on the turn and hit a volley at Laidlaw from 20 yard out.

Just a couple of moments after that it was Aird on the other winger who continued with the constant Light Blue attack. Miller deep in the Raith half played the youngster and he galloped away from his man to get a shot away on the angel which he flashed just wide of the left upright.

Raith’s best chance of the first half was from a Ryan Conroy corner with Paul Watson’s heading wide from six yards out on 34 minutes.

But Rangers responded strongly to Raith’s attack, Kris Boyd took a quick free kick to Miller who played Law through on goal. The midfielder lifted the ball over the outstretched Laidlaw on the outside of his right foot to make it 2-0 with 36 minutes on the clock.

Just after the break Martin Scott headed beyond Simonsen after Anderson had headed into the midfielder’s path. Simonsen got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out. Rangers response though was impressive.

With Miller restoring the Gers two goal cushion less than a minute after Raith had pulled one back through a close range Martin Scott header. Boyd played a quick short ball into his strike partner on the edge of the area and Miller clipped the ball over the keeper from seven yards out.

Moments later Miller was put clean through by Boyd, but this time Laidlaw denied the striker with his legs.

By now Miller was in the mood and he carved out another chance for himself in the 59th minute, only to be denied by Laidlaw once more who dived to his right to keep out the striker’s left foot shot on the turn.

Then came the moment Kris Boyd was waiting for. The striker finally opened his league account for the season with a shot from the edge of the box that squirmed through Laidlaw’s grasp. Boyd looked to the heavens in celebration after a barren run that he’s not been accustomed to over the years at Ibrox.  

Ally McCoist took off his second half goal scorers in the 70th minute, giving them a well-earned rest and replacing them with Jon Daly and Nicky Clark. Lewis Macleod also made way for David Templeton moments later.

With 83 minutes on the clock Boyd’s replacement Daly got his first of the season too. The Irishman popped up in front of goal to poke the ball home beyond Laidlaw to make it 5-1 after some good work from fellow sub Nicky Clark down the right.

And in the final minute of the game Daly profited from the right side once again, Richard Foster glanced a ball across the front of the Raith goal and all Daly had to do was guide the ball beyond Laidlaw to round of an emphatic afternoon for Rangers.

RANGERS: Simonsen, Foster, McGregor, Wallace, McCulloch, Law, Aird, Black, MacLeod (Templeton 74â€), Miller (Clark 70â€), Boyd (Daly 70â€).

Subs not used: Robinson, Faure, Smith, Shiels.

Goals: McCulloch 8â€, Law 36â€, Miller 54â€, Boyd 63â€. Daly 83†& 90â€

Bookings: Foster 80â€

RAITH ROVERS: Laidlaw, Thomson, Watson, Fox, Anderson, Moon, Stewart, Scott, Conroy (Vaughan 82â€), McKeown, Ellis (Perry 87â€).

Subs not used: McGurn, Hill, Callachan, Robertson, Matthews.

Goals: Scott 53â€

Bookings: Fox 32â€,

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