Terrors break Hearts, Killie win
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 17:54:00
Rangers moved 22 points clear at the summit of the Irn-Bru Third Division with a 4-0 win over Queen's Park at Ibrox.
Andy Little grabbed a double, with Ian Black and Dean Shiels also on the scoresheet, as the Light Blues returned to winning ways.
Rangers made three changes from the side who crashed out of the William Hill Scottish Cup to Dundee United last week. Anestis Argyriou made his first appearance since December and Chris Hegarty and Barrie McKay also started the top-of-the-table clash. Ross Perry and Francisco Sandaza missed out through injury.
Rangers showed the first signs of applying pressure on their visitors when Little surged into the box only to fire just wide after 10 minutes, before Shiels forced an impressive point-blank save from goalkeeper Neil Parry.
The woodwork prevented Rangers from taking the lead just before the break when Emilson Cribari's header crashed off the post after he rose to met Templeton's free-kick.
Parry then came to the rescue again with a superb double save to deny Shiels and David Templeton as the first half ended goalless.
The pressure paid off for Rangers five minutes after the restart when McKay was released down the left flank by Lee Wallace before providing the cross for Black to volley home.
Templeton then tried his luck with an audacious strike from all of 30 yards that sailed inches past the upright.
The second goal came after 63 minutes when good build-up play was capped off by Shiels squaring to Little for a simple finish from close range.
Little attempted to return the favour with a cut-back from the right for Shiels but he lashed over from 15 yards.
Shiels finally had the net bulging with 12 minutes to go when he ran onto Wallace's cut-back from the byline to side-foot past Parry and wrap up the points.
Little then put the gloss on the win with a minute remaining when he coolly curled past Parry after Wallace was again the provider.
In the early kick-off, a makeshift Celtic side eased to victory at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to go 18 points clear of the Highlanders at the top of the table.
Nick Ross gave Caley the lead in the ninth minute only for Hoops midfielder Kris Commons to level in the 20th minute with the sweetest of left-footed strikes.
Three minutes into the second half, debutant Rami Gershon headed the champions into the lead before Miku grabbed a third in the 82nd minute as the visitors ran out easy winners.
Dundee United's resurgence under new manager Jackie McNamara continued as they saw off 10-man Hearts 3-1 at Tannadice to make it back-to-back victories.
The Tangerines got off to a flying start through Johnny Russell's second-minute opener before the visitors had Ryan Stevenson sent off for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven.
Willo Flood made it 2-0 for McNamara's side on 62 minutes only for Michael Ngoo to pull one back for the Jambos in the 76th, but substitute Michael Gardyne sealed matters in the revitalised hosts in the final minute.
An early own goal from Stevie Hammell and a late headed second from William Gros gave Kilmarnock a 2-0 home win over Motherwell - and three points that they scarcely deserved.
Motherwell's frustrations got the better of them in the closing minutes when firstly Fraser Kerr and then captain Keith Lasley were shown straight red cards for wild tackles on James Dayton.
Finally, 10-man Aberdeen survived the dismissal of Mark Reynolds for two bookable offences to earn a goalless draw with St Mirren.