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Queen Of The South 2-0 Rangers SPFL Championship 12/12/2014

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On a day in which the Rangers board are reported to have rejected Ally McCoist's resignation, Rangers put in a dreadful performance, and in doing so managed to give Hearts the opportunity to take a twelve point lead at the top of the table, with the gap between Rangers and third placed Queen Of The South now down to four points.

Rangers were devoid of ideas, lacking in guile and offered very little throughout. Watching tonight's match you have to ask yourself whether Ally McCoist's days are numbered, whether the news that his offer of resignation has been rejected are both inaccurate and premature.


Ah well, here for what it's worth, is the match report from the official site:

Queen of the South 2-0 Rangers

RANGERS suffered a disappointing defeat as they went down 2-0 at Queen of the South.

On a freezing night at Palmerston Park Gers found little fire in attack as they struggled to create chances as Queens frustrated them.

Strikes in either half from John Baird and Gavin Reilly handed all three points to the Championship’s third placed team – it leaves them four points behind the Light Blues.

Three minutes had gone when Queens showed their attacking threat – something that was to set the tone for the evening. Daniel Carmichael shot down the right flank to thread in Baird who cut a ball across the face of goal. Reilly was arriving at the far post but was just a few seconds too late to meet it.

A few minutes later they startled the Gers defence again. Andrew Dowie delivered a dangerous ball into the area but with the attack moving so fast Queens could only head just wide. And then the Doonhamers pushed forward again - Iain Russell picked up the ball on the half way line and darted away down the right to reach the penalty box. Steve Simonsen dived to his right to thwart the midfielder.

With 13 minutes played Rangers had their first clear chance of the game - a ball cut inside reached Kenny Miller, who skipped on to the edge of the box from the right channel to fire just over the cross bar.

The home side opened the scoring ten minutes later after Darren McGregor slipped just outside the box. The defender handled the ball following some quick play from Carmichael; he played in Baird after easing past Ian Black. McGregor was handed a yellow card and the resulting free kick from Kevin Holt was curled into the top corner beyond Simonsen, to give Queens the lead with 22 minutes gone.

The Dumfries side kept pressing forward as Rangers offered little in return. Baird went close and then Russell blasted over in front of an open goal.

Fraser Aird’s corner kick sprung some life into the Light Blues on 33 minutes as they went looking for an equaliser. Aird’s ball found the head of Lee McCulloch who dinked a header onto Jon Daly. The forward’s close range nod was on target before Ian McShane rose to clear the ball off the line - Bilel Mohsni could only head the ball back in over as Gers attack extinguished.

Just before the break Simonsen took a risk to come out and meet Baird as he soared down the left and closed in on goal. The keeper just reached the ball with a sliding clearance to avert the danger and settle the Rangers nerves, if only just for a moment.

Ally McCoist replaced Shiels at half time with David Templeton in an attempt to shake the midfield up. And the first effort of the second period fell to Rangers as Nicky Law powered through the middle to pick his shot and launch it at goal. Clark palmed the strong effort away and the ball fell as far as Miller, he couldn’t organise himself quickly enough though and he shot weakly as another chance went begging.

The Light Blues front line was replaced with 57 minutes on the clock, Nicky Clark and Kris Boyd entered the fray as the search for an equaliser continued. Moments before the forwards introduction Baird had fired wide, after finding himself in acres of space in the box, with only Simsonsen to beat.

Boyd reacted to a long throw in as he tried to make an immediate impact– his toe poke was straight at Queens keeper though.

Reilly added to Rangers misery with 23 minutes left to play as he doubled the lead. The forward picked up Carmichael’s ball over the top to take one touch and fire the ball in off the inside of Simonsen’s right post and see it bulge the back of the Gers net as Palmerston Park erupted.

Rangers tried in vain to find a goal but the clock ticked by and efforts from Boyd and Aird fell short as the game got away from them.

RANGERS: Simonsen, Foster, Mohsni, McCulloch, McGregor, Law, Black, Shiels (Templeton 46), Aird, Daly (Clark 57), Miller (Boyd 57)
Subs not used: Robinson, Hutton, Faure, Smith

Yellows: McGregor 20â€, McCulloch 54â€

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Clark, Dowie, Higgins, Durnan, Holt, McShane, Kerr, Carmichael (Kidd 89â€), Russell (Paton 90â€), Reilly, Baird (Lyle 60â€)
Subs not used: Atkinson, Dzierzawski, Hooper, Kiltie

Yellows: Baird 54â€

Goals: Holt 22â€, Reilly 67â€


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